Retroactive: Detective Comics 1956 & Amazing Spider-Man 1980

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My Favourite Covers
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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Detective Comics, the crown goes to: Detective Comics #233. This issue features the debut of Bat-Woman and it’s appropriate that she is the focal point. In fact, she’s not only leaving the Batmobile in her dust but she’s absolutely giddy that she’s showing up the Dynamic Duo. I like the way her cape flies in the wind which helps get across the speed she’s moving at and the Bat-Signal lighting up the sky and breaking the border of the main title is a nice added touch as well. That Bat-Woman forgoes the utility belt and wears a purse is a sign of the times while also adding to the character’s individuality. In fact, imagine being back in 1956 and witnessing this new character emblazoned on the cover. Not only would it grab your attention but it would also make you want to find out more about this mysterious addition to the Bat-Family. For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man #210. And with this cover we coincidently have the debut of yet another female character, this time in the form of Madame Web. I simply love how the various machinery forms a spiderweb design combining nature and technology in one image. That the spiderweb motif is replicated on the floor as well is an added bonus. On to the character herself, perched on a throne, adorned in an interesting dress with a spider design and so long that it gathers on the floor while also wearing something that resembles sunglasses. What is up with her attire? What is her story? What is with the shades? Is she friend or foe? Questions, questions, questions. Questions that make a reader want to check the issue out and that is nothing short of a job well done.

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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

3 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1956 & Amazing Spider-Man 1980

  1. I agree that the best Batman cover of 1956 definitely is Detective Comics # 233. Until now, all the covers you uploaded used to show only the Dynamic Duo + a villain, or an imposter: now we finally got something brand new and unusual, that is to say a new supporting character.
    I read that, some decades ago, Bruce even married a female sidekick (I can’t remember if her name was Batwoman or Batgirl), and then this event simply disappeared from the continuity, in a sort of Chuck Cunningham syndrome case.
    As for ASM, in 1980 3 of my favorite characters appeared (the Punisher, the Black Cat and Madame Web), so it’s a tough choice. I pick ASM # 201, and I’ll try to explain you why.
    Spidey and the Punisher have 2 completely different ways to save the day: Peter tries to make it without lethal methods, the Punisher fights the crime by using EXCLUSIVELY lethal methods. Their mentalities are incompatible, so, when you see them together, you really can’t predict how it will go: Will Spidey succeed in curbing Frank Castle’s fury? Will they be able to put their different views aside, and cooperate to save the day? And when the villain is handcuffed, will Spidey let Frank go, or will he try to put the Punisher in prison too? This cover raises a lot of interesting questions, so it deserves to win the gold medal. ASM # 210 raises a lot of interesting questions too, so I think we have a tie this week.
    Also, thank you for posting Retroactive so early. It’s a true pain to wait an entire week between one Retroactive post and the following one.

    • “I read that, some decades ago, Bruce even married a female sidekick (I can’t remember if her name was Batwoman or Batgirl), and then this event simply disappeared from the continuity, in a sort of Chuck Cunningham syndrome case.”
      I was unaware. Probably Batwoman as the original Batgirl (Betty Kane) was the love interest of Robin.

      “This cover raises a lot of interesting questions, so it deserves to win the gold medal. ASM # 210 raises a lot of interesting questions too, so I think we have a tie this week.”
      The first tie! 🙂 I do love the bullseye background with the bullet holes on #201.

      “Also, thank you for posting Retroactive so early. It’s a true pain to wait an entire week between one Retroactive post and the following one.”
      This was a bonus edition due to my mess-up on Detective Comics 1954 so you will have another Retroactive to look forward to in just two more days. Thanks for commenting and offering your opinions! Always highly valued and appreciated.

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