Retroactive: Detective Comics 1975 & Amazing Spider-Man 1999

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 1974 and Amazing Spider-Man 1998. 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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3 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1975 & Amazing Spider-Man 1999

  1. When a superhero has to face a single villain, the narrative pattern is quite repetitive: if the villain is a “100 % muscles, 0 % brain” character, the superhero defeats him by simply throwing some punches; if the villain is smart, the superhero defeats him by using his brain in an even smarter way.
    None of these narrative patterns can be used in Detective Comics # 449. Even if you are smart and you know how to punch, these skills can’t help you when you have to face a bunch of raging bulls. This cover makes you wonder “How could Batman fix this problem?”, so it is very effective.
    And it also reminds me of The Dark Knight Returns (because Batman rides a horse in there too), which is the icing on the cake.
    As for Spidey, I pick ASM Vol. 2 # 5. A detailed background, a brand new character, a nice tribute to Amazing Fantasy # 15… to me, it’s more than enough to give this cover the gold medal.

    • Detective Comics #449: Seeing the Dark Knight on a white steed while an army of bulls rushes him is a sight I never thought I’d see. On a side note…is this confrontation happening in front of the infamous Monarch Theatre?

      “And it also reminds me of The Dark Knight Returns (because Batman rides a horse in there too), which is the icing on the cake.”
      Ohhh…nice catch!

      “As for Spidey, I pick ASM Vol. 2 # 5. A detailed background, a brand new character, a nice tribute to Amazing Fantasy # 15… to me, it’s more than enough to give this cover the gold medal.”
      I love the way they graffitied the word Woman overtop of Man. I wonder why Spider-Man’s spider-sense is tingling though? Is she a danger? And did she fly up to catch the citizen as she isn’t swinging on a web line. Must be odd for Spider-Man seeing this scene play out instead of participating in it. Also…what is up with that super long ponytail? That’s just asking for a villain to grab hold of it.

      • “Is this confrontation happening in front of the infamous Monarch Theatre?” I don’t rule out your hypothesis.
        “That’s just asking for a villain to grab hold of it.” Yeah, that ponytail is not very comfortable.

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