Retroactive: Detective Comics 1977 & Amazing Spider-Man 2001

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Detective Comics (1977)

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Detective Comics #467(January 1977)dc467

Detective Comics #468(March 1977)dc468

Detective Comics #469(May 1977)dc469

Detective Comics #470(June 1977)dc470

Detective Comics #471(August 1977)dc471

Detective Comics #472(September 1977)dc472

Detective Comics #473(November 1977)dc473

Detective Comics #474(December 1977)dc474

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3 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1977 & Amazing Spider-Man 2001

  1. When you see the villain depicted in Detective Comics # 468, you instantly think: “This man is a complete loser, even the dumbest superhero in the world could easily defeat him.” But then you give the cover a second look, and you notice that THE WHOLE JUSTICE LEAGUE couldn’t beat this guy. What makes this villain so special? And why Batman, one of the less powerful members of the Justice League, one of the very few members not having any superpower, is the last man standing?
    There are a lot of other details that made me like this cover: a flaming sky, a detailed background (notice how meticulously the penciller drew the skyscrapers behind Bruce’s cowl, for example), the presence of Green Arrow… the more I look this cover, the more I’m willing to give it the gold medal.
    I thoroughly appreciate ASM Vol. 2 # 31. Instead of getting the same old cover with Spidey facing a villain, we get a cover showing Peter living a normal life as a teacher: it is something new, something unusual, so it deeply deserves the gold medal.
    As you know, I’m a big fan of slice-of-life moments in superhero comics, so I instantly fell in love with ASM Vol. 2 # 31 for this reason as well.
    Also, notice that Spider – Man’s logo is reflected upon the blackboard Peter is writing on: in my opinion, it is a means to say that, even when Peter doesn’t wear his costume, his life as a superhero always impends over him. Peter simply can’t get rid of it – not even by throwing his costume in a garbage can. : )

    • “When you see the villain depicted in Detective Comics # 468, you instantly think: “This man is a complete loser, even the dumbest superhero in the world could easily defeat him.””
      Ha ha! 🙂 My thoughts exactly. You are right though. How did he beat the Justice League? Did they underestimate him as well?
      According to Wikipedia: “As he was defeated by hero after hero, he presses a special button on his keypad that would (as it was revealed to the reader in a thought balloon) “turn defeat into victory”. After months of appearances, the Calculator’s scheme is revealed. The button somehow analyzes the powers or tactics of the hero defeating him, and effectively inoculates him from ever being defeated by that hero ever again. This immunity manifests itself as a force field, rendering a hero unable to touch or otherwise affect The Calculator. This of course meant he could only be defeated by a new hero; fortunately the heroes had many allies to drawn upon. The Calculator could also be defeated when his own weaponry was turned against him.” Though I’ll always remember the character more for him being the anti-thesis to Oracle then his costumed identity…

      “I thoroughly appreciate ASM Vol. 2 # 31. Instead of getting the same old cover with Spidey facing a villain, we get a cover showing Peter living a normal life as a teacher: it is something new, something unusual, so it deeply deserves the gold medal.”
      I almost went for this one as my #1 pick but the Mary Jane cover just struck a chord with me.

      “Also, notice that Spider – Man’s logo is reflected upon the blackboard Peter is writing on: in my opinion, it is a means to say that, even when Peter doesn’t wear his costume, his life as a superhero always impends over him. Peter simply can’t get rid of it – not even by throwing his costume in a garbage can.”
      You nailed it!

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!

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