Retroactive: Detective Comics 1988 & Amazing Spider-Man 2012

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 1987 and Amazing Spider-Man 2011. 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 1988 & Amazing Spider-Man 2012

  1. I agree with the Batman cover you chose. Detective Comics # 587 is a very striking image too, but it doesn’t give us any clue about the content of the issue, so it doesn’t deserve the gold medal.
    As for Spidey, I pick ASM # 678. First of all, there’s a headline that would make me buy the issue alone: “New York destroyed!” How did it happen? Which villain caused this tragedy? And why didn’t Spidey and the other superheroes prevent it? Questions, questions, questions.
    Secondly, there are a lot of other delightful details that help creating a dramatic atmosphere: the pouring rain, Spidey’s costume in shreds, Peter’s hand desperately sliding down the headline… a really, really beautiful cover.
    Now that part of the Retroactive section is gone for good, here’s some stats:
    – You published 50 Retroactive posts;
    – I agreed with at least one of your Top Picks 29 times out of 50;
    – I agreed with both your Top Picks 6 times;
    – We chose the same Bat – cover 15 times;
    – We chose the same Spider – cover 20 times.
    What do you think about these stats?

    • “Detective Comics # 587 is a very striking image too, but it doesn’t give us any clue about the content of the issue, so it doesn’t deserve the gold medal.”
      Funny you should mention that as this was the other cover I mentioned that I struggled with in determining First Place. So not only did we agree on 1st but 2nd as well.

      “As for Spidey, I pick ASM # 678.”
      Wow! And this was my runner-up. I started going in this direction but changed my mind in the late hour. It is a truly captivating cover for the visual image and the very questions that you posed. Brilliant and your description of it was exactly how I would have put it. wwayne channelling GothamRogue here! 🙂

      So a 30% agreement on Batman, a 40% agreement on Spider-Man, and a 12% agreement on both? A lot higher than I thought it would be. Like I said in my Between The Continuity feature, part of the fun is seeing how everyone differs or agrees with me. Each time I get a comment from you it’s like reading another Retroactive feature and I appreciate it. Happy that you took the time to compile these stats., thanks a bunch, and here’s to the “daring” future!

  2. I just knew you would pick the cover of Detective #590!! I love this cover, its so spooky, and of course features big ben so we are in the UK, not Gotham!! I really like the creepy horror tone as well, perfect with Halloween just around the corner. I like your choice of ASM #695 as well, featuring Kingpin and the Hobgoblin’s.

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