Retroactive: Detective Comics 1962 & Amazing Spider-Man 1986

In Retroactive I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular series. Each entry will cover an entire year and I’ll always have one comic from DC and one comic from Marvel. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each series. Last time on Retroactive we covered Detective Comics 1961 and Amazing Spider-Man 1985. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. Below you’ll find the two series that I’m currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that series. The last section is reserved for my Top Picks from each year. Click the logo or travel to the third page to view them.


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4 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1962 & Amazing Spider-Man 1986

  1. My favorite Batman cover is Detective Comics # 309. First of all, there’s a very intriguing narration box: “The Mistery of the Mardi Gras Murders.” It could be the title of a whodunit novel, and I, being an avid reader of detective stories, instantly fell in love with it.
    Also, the killer led the Dynamic Duo in a place he clearly knows better than them, so this cover makes you want to know:
    1) Who the murderer is;
    2) How Batman and Robin found him;
    3) How they will escape from the funfair, which the murderer seems to have turned into a giant trap.
    Questions, questions, questions. And, as you always write, the more a cover raises questions, the greater it is.
    Most of ASM 1986 covers are full of dynamism, which is one of Spidey’s trademarks (and one of the artistic details I appreciate most of this character), but the most dynamic and beautiful cover of the year is ASM # 283, in my opinion.
    2 villains are running towards Peter, waving the woman’s hair and a giant deadly weapon. Even Spidey’s body conveys a lot of dynamism, because Peter seems to be ready to punch with his right fist, and his legs are wide open, making us think that he could also jump over his enemies. This cover is so full of energy that it makes the reader feel thrilled even before starting to read the issue.

    • “Questions, questions, questions. And, as you always write, the more a cover raises questions, the greater it is.”
      It looks like I’m rubbing off on you. 🙂

      “This cover is so full of energy that it makes the reader feel thrilled even before starting to read the issue.”
      I really love how you descibed the cover. It makes me want to crack it open. And how about that tagline “If we tried to show you the awesome spectacle that comes next, the comics code wouldn’t approve this mag!”?
      I’m also a fan of #276. Really makes you wonder who is the Hobgoblin. They say we’re going to find out…and that Spidey is completely shocked. If you saw that on the newstands you’d be hardpressed to pass it by in 1986.

      • You’re right when you say that ASM # 276 has a cover that screams BUY ME.
        At those times the Internet didn’t exist, so buying the issue was the only way to know who Hobgoblin was. Nowadays, a lot of hateful sites would have revealed it even before the release of the issue (as it happened for the end of the Death of the Family story arc and for the death of Damian Wayne): this makes you understand that in 2013 sometimes you already know everything about a comic book even before you go out and buy it.
        Sometimes it’s a good thing (for example, I probably would never have noticed that Nightwing/Roy Harper trade if it wasn’t for the Internet), but generally speaking I don’t think it’s a good thing at all. Thank you for your replies! : )

        • I’m with you. Avoiding spoilers is a constant struggle on the net these days but you take the good with the bad. No internet = no spoilers but no internet wouldn’t enable me to discuss and interact with people I would never get the chance to meet. All my friends have no interest in comics so it’s great being able to share my passion with others. Getting back to spoilers…what really erks me is when DC and Marvel are the ones to leak it into the media. Those spoilers are unavoidable… 😦

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