Retroactive: Detective Comics 1967 & Amazing Spider-Man 1991

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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 #366. This was a tough choice as I flipped back and forth between #367 (with its creative puzzle piece concept) and the ultimate winner. What put 366 over the edge? While 367 had an interesting concept asking you to piece together the potential killer’s identity, this one had a more intriguing plot. “The shocking story of Batman’s last hour!” is emblazoned on the cover just above a candle that is on the verge of going out itself. Batman is writing his last will and testament, tears streaming down his face as he utters “I have only an hour to live! It’s up to Robin to find my killer–so I can avenge my death from the grave!” Has Batman been poisoned? Is that why he only has an hour to live? This question rattles around in our heads until we read his will and what a shocker it is. In it he is outright naming Dick Grayson as Robin and himself as Bruce Wayne, shattering their well-kept secret identities but this isn’t the only oddity: Batman is leaving Robin $10.66. Yes, you read that right. Bruce Wayne, who is rich beyond imagination, is leaving his crime fighting partner only $10.66. What is going on? Is it a sign? A clue? Has he truly lost it? I need to know and for that reason alone it takes the prize. For Amazing Spider-Man, the title goes to: Amazing Spider-Man #346. As the cover says: “V is for Vile, Vengeance, and VENOM!” I couldn’t have said it better myself. This is one wickedly awesome cover, an extreme close-up of one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes, Venom. Reflected in Venom’s cold white eyes is his intended next victim, Spider-Man who is holding his arms up in a defensive posture, a tinge of fear permeating off the page. The real star of the cover though is Venom’s smile, his mouth gaping wide, sharp teeth laid bare, tongue curling out, and a disturbing green saliva oozing out which makes for a sinister cover if I’ve ever seen one.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

9 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1967 & Amazing Spider-Man 1991

  1. I remember a story whose concept was very similar to the one you described when you explained your choice for Detective Comics # 366. It was called “Six hours to kill”, because in that case the Punisher had six hours to live instead of just one.
    As for my choice, I pick Detective Comics # 360, for these reasons:
    1) Once again we have a tagline that could be the title of a whodunit novel: “Case of the abbreviated Batman”;
    2) Exactly like in whodunit movies, the villain is not shown, we can only see his shadow;
    3) There’s another tagline that instantly catches your attention: “If you think this stands for the Caped Crusader, get set for a surprise when you read the last panel of this story!” Very intriguing indeed.
    As for Spidey, of course I completely agree with the cover you chose, but I would like to make a special mention for ASM # 345, because we have a 4th wall breaking detail being very similar to the one I pointed out some weeks ago. Instead of the Thing now we have Venom, asking us “Miss me?” It’s less funny, but it’s equally appreciable.

    • “It was called “Six hours to kill”, because in that case the Punisher had six hours to live instead of just one.”
      I take it he was poisoned…or was it some other reason?

      “There’s another tagline that instantly catches your attention: “If you think this stands for the Caped Crusader, get set for a surprise when you read the last panel of this story!” Very intriguing indeed.”
      Yeah. I’ve noticed a trend in these last few years of Detective Comics that have been featured in Retroactive: they are using that sort of tagline more and more often. It ranks right up there with “In this issue someone dies”, “Things will never be the same again”, and “Don’t miss the shattering conclusion”. Comic book staples in my opinion! 🙂

      “Instead of the Thing now we have Venom, asking us “Miss me?” It’s less funny, but it’s equally appreciable.”
      Yeah, that is a nice touch. I’m also a fan of #347 where Venom does his best Hamlet impersonation. And just whose skull does he have in his hands?

      Thanks, once again, for sharing your choices! Much appreciated.

  2. Great choice of covers, the one for Detective Comics #366 is really good. Its quite a shock to see Batman writing down his last will and testament. I really like the cover to Amazing Spiderman #346 as well. I’m a big fan of the Venom stories and this cover is awesome. A brilliant close up of Venom, with Spiderman caught in the reflection of his eyes. Venom looks so evil as his gaping mouth opens wide, revealing his razor sharp teeth. Great stuff!

    • Maybe one day we’ll get a worthy live-action version of this classic foe. Venom in Spider-Man 3 just didn’t cut it for me. He felt rushed and crammed in. Not something worthy of one of Spider-Man’s most lethal and popular foes.

      • Yes, I agree, Venom got a raw deal in Spiderman 3, it was so rushed and it didn’t work at all. Venom is a great character, lets hope he appears in one of the new Spiderman films as the main enemy, that would be great!

        • Venom is the type of character that I’d like to see stretched out. Have Eddie Brock introduced in one movie and then go full-blown Venom in the next. We need some build-up to the event and a satisfying conclusion as well. Sort of how they’re doing Norman Osborn this go around.

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