Retroactive: Detective Comics 1963 & Amazing Spider-Man 1987

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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 #318. Holy traitorous turn, Batman! That’s right, your eyes are not deceiving you. Batwoman has indeed turned to a life of villainy and taken up the identity of…Cat-Woman? The real Catwoman hadn’t graced the pages of a Batman comic for a longtime so I guess she thought the name was up for the taking. Regardless, the sight of this once heroic crime-fighter standing side by side with the villainous Cat-Man gets the reader’s mind racing. Is it mind control? Is it an elaborate deception played on Cat-Man? Has she really, genuinely turned evil? The stunned looks on the Dynamic Duo’s faces, Cat-Man sitting on his throne ready to a press a button that God only knows what it will do, and Cat-Woman’s former costume pinned behind her not only makes for a great cover but makes for a cover that you just want to tear open and discover the answers for yourself. For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man #293. “Here lies Spider-Man, slain by the Hunter.” Those words engraved on the tombstone are ominous enough by themself but they are only the tip of the iceberg. Standing next to said tombstone is Kraven the Hunter, grasped in his hand the empty black suit of Spider-Man, screaming out to the heavens in a primal show of superiority. What ill fate has our hero met? Is he…the one in the grave? Why does Kraven have his costume? It’s a stunning image that is only made better by the excellent atmosphere surrounding the scene: the pouring rain, the lightning in the background, the night sky, the various other tombstones of the cemetery, and the mound of dirt beneath the main tombstone that looks like something fresh has just been buried under it. Dark and foreboding is the name of the game for this cover which rises above some stiff competition this month to claim the crown.

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

7 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1963 & Amazing Spider-Man 1987

  1. My favorite Batman cover is Detective Comics # 314. Once again, we have an intriguing tagline that could be the title of a whodunit novel: Murder in Movieland. And once again we see the dynamic duo fighting in a place their enemy clearly knows better than them, so you want to read that issue not only to know the identity of the murderer, but also to know how Batman and Robin will manage to escape from this trap.
    There are 2 positive things I noticed from 1963 covers of Detective Comics:
    1) They are far less campy than the others published in the previous years;
    2) They show some characters I’m fond of: Clayface and Cat – Man. I can’t even recall the last time I see Cat – Man, now that I think about it.
    The 1987 covers of Spider Man show some characters I’m fond of too: the Punisher and Daredevil. My favorite cover is ASM # 285.
    First of all, there’s a giant weapon, and this makes me think that the issue contains some spectacular action scenes.
    The red background is spectacular too. When Frank Castle is on the scene, you can be sure some blood will run, and coloring the sky surrounding the Punisher with a blood red is a very subtle and delightful way to underline it.
    Also, the Punisher is shown in the foreground, while Peter is just a little spot in the background: showing Frank Castle in a giant size and Spidey in a lilliputian size is a way to make the reader understand that, no matter if the series is named after Spider Man, this time he will play a supporting role, and the Punisher will be in the spotlight.
    This doesn’t surprise me at all, because a character like Frank Castle is too enthralling (and too good at upstaging the other characters, exactly like Constantine) to play a supporting role.

    • “They are far less campy than the others published in the previous years”
      Thanks goodness for that. Hopefully this is the start of a trend.

      “They show some characters I’m fond of: Clayface and Cat – Man. I can’t even recall the last time I see Cat – Man, now that I think about it.”
      Last time I saw him was the absolutely superb Secret Six series by Gail Simone before the New 52 saw the end of that.

      “My favorite cover is ASM # 285.”
      I had a feeling you’d choose that one. I saw it and was like “that is going to be wwayne’s selection this week for sure” 🙂 Love your reasoning as well. Always a highlight each week to read your choices. Thanks for providing them!

      “This doesn’t surprise me at all, because a character like Frank Castle is too enthralling (and too good at upstaging the other characters, exactly like Constantine) to play a supporting role.”
      He definitely demands your attention that’s for sure. I’d really like to see the Marvel live-action division attempt another go at him, but maybe introduce him slowly by a cameo in another character’s movie/tv show. Daredevil perhaps?

      • “Love your reasoning as well. Always a highlight each week to read your choices. Thanks for providing them!” Each time I finish reading a Retroactive or a Time Capsule post, I tell myself: “Oh no, this time I got nothing interesting to write!” And then I read the post again, I look at the pictures with more attention, and usually something worth saying comes to my mind. But each time I have to rack my brains to find it, and to live up to the comments I usually write. It’s a huge pressure, but don’t worry, it’s a pressure I endure with much pleasure.
        “Daredevil perhaps?” This is the time to make a movie/tv show focused on him. Thanks to Waid, Matt is at the peek of his popularity right now, so it’s now or never.
        Thank you for your replies! : )

        • ““Daredevil perhaps?” This is the time to make a movie/tv show focused on him. Thanks to Waid, Matt is at the peek of his popularity right now, so it’s now or never.”
          Look forward to that very question in this week’s Comic Connection: TV Show or Movie – which direction would you take the Daredevil franchise in? I’d be happy to hear your thoughts once it is posted in the next day or two.

          “It’s a huge pressure, but don’t worry, it’s a pressure I endure with much pleasure.”
          And something you pull off brilliantly! 🙂

          • “I’d be happy to hear your thoughts once it is posted in the next day or two.” Sure! Also, the blogger who reviews back issues replied to my comments, and therefore from now on I will constantly keep an eye on his blog.
            I will also recommend it to the other nice bloggers I know, because it deserves to get a much larger audience. My blog is far less beautiful, and despite that I have 23 followers more than Bargain Comic Reviews has. I almost feel guilty for this. Thank you for your replies! : )

            • “Also, the blogger who reviews back issues replied to my comments, and therefore from now on I will constantly keep an eye on his blog.”
              Good on him. We can add him to the “nice” blogger list! 🙂

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