Retroactive: Detective Comics 1978 & Amazing Spider-Man 2002

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 1977 and Amazing Spider-Man 2001. 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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5 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1978 & Amazing Spider-Man 2002

  1. For the second time since you created the Retroactive section, I completely agree with both the covers you chose, so I can only make some special mentions.
    I really like Detective Comics # 479. First of all, the villain is Clayface, one of my favorite (and most underrated ) Bat – villains. I also love the dynamism this cover conveys: Batman is moving both his left arm and his left leg, so he could attack Clayface in 3 different ways: by using his left punch, by using his left foot or by using both of them. This cover shows how smart Bruce is: he moves his body in a way that makes him able to defeat his enemy by using a lot of possible methods, instead of having just one option. That’s what makes Bruce superior to an average superhero.
    There’s only one thing of this cover I can’t understand: why did he decide to use his left limbs? He’s supposed to be clockwise, so his attack will be less effective if he uses his weaker limbs.
    As for Spidey, my runner-up is ASM Vol. 2 # 37 (BUT the covers for February and March lost by a hair’s breadth). I decided to give this cover the silver medal because, despite not having a real background (which is a major flaw for me), it also has a lot of awesome details: the light effects are amazing, Peter’s body is drawn in a very meticulous way, and his facial expression is so enigmatic… his face compels you to open the book up for answers by itself, and, like you always say, that is what truly makes a good cover.
    P.S.: True story. Today was supposed to be the Retroactive day, so this morning I turned on my pc and I instantly went to your website to read the latest Retroactive post. When I saw you had already uploaded an Off the Shelf post for today, I thought: “NOOO!!! I have to wait one more day.” But then, a few hours later, you uploaded a Retroactive post too, and you definitely made my day. : )

    • “I really like Detective Comics # 479. This cover shows how smart Bruce is: he moves his body in a way that makes him able to defeat his enemy by using a lot of possible methods, instead of having just one option. That’s what makes Bruce superior to an average superhero.”
      Oh, that is a really nice catch there. You always catch these subtle details. wwayne, pulling back the layers once again!

      “As for Spidey, my runner-up is ASM Vol. 2 # 37”
      That cover and #44 were by two runners-up that I mentioned. #44 expertly used the shadows and I love how the criminals were drawn, fear draped across their faces in yet another Batman-esque moment. #37 is just plain beautiful and I agree with you that “his facial expression is so enigmatic.” What is happening? Did someone catch him in the act as he was changing? Compelled we certainly are.

      “His face compels you to open the book up for answers by itself, and, like you always say, that is what truly makes a good cover.”
      I’m rubbing off on you! 🙂

      “Today was supposed to be the Retroactive day, so this morning I turned on my pc and I instantly went to your website to read the latest Retroactive post. When I saw you had already uploaded an Off the Shelf post for today, I thought: “NOOO!!! I have to wait one more day.” But then, a few hours later, you uploaded a Retroactive post too, and you definitely made my day. : )”
      Glad to hear. It was a two-for-one special that day. Thanks, as always, for providing your choices.

  2. Wow, amazing choice of covers, completely agree with you. The Cover of Detective 476 is brilliant, so creepy, with the people killed by the Joker’s poison and left with a horrific grin on their face. It also looks like Batman has been infected as well! This was a great issue, with a really exciting showdown between Batman and the Joker in a thunderstorm.Great choice for Spiderman vol 2 #43 this is a very dark and moody cover as well, and nicely complements your choice for Detective comics.

    • Yeah, I couldn’t believe how many elements crossed over between the two covers. Regardless, wwayne, Paul Bowler, and myself all on the same page this week. Great covers unite three gentlemen across three different countries. Such is the joy of comics! 🙂

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