Retroactive: Detective Comics 1993 & Daredevil 1968

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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 #655. Batman is an intimidating force, striking fear into the hearts of criminals with his storied presence, massive reputation, and dramatic flair. That fact makes this cover all the more interesting as here is Batman holding up some young hoodlum in mid-air by his jacket, bringing him in real close, and getting a reaction he is not accustomed to: defiance. This boy will not be scared, he will not be intimidated, he will not cower like so many adults before him. This fact intrigues me and it compels me to want to learn more about this character. It’s a compulsion that I’m sure many felt upon viewing it when it was first released and it is a compulsion that continues to this day for all those that never got a chance to read it originally which is the mark of a great cover. For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil #44. Daredevil swings through the night sky, the city acting as his backdrop. The clever choice of rendering the city in more muted tones works brilliantly as it makes our hero clad in red simply pop off the page. All is not normal however as the villainous visage of the Jester is being shown in the sky, grinning menacingly at Daredevil. There’s one problem though: Daredevil can only “see” by use of his radar-sense and since the projection is merely a light show this grand stunt is actually lost on Mr. Murdock, hence the lack of reaction on his part. It makes for a great image and I love envisioning the Jester’s reaction to Daredevil swinging by all his hard work. Lastly, the caption “I, Murderer!” is an enticing statement that is only the cherry on top for a truly stellar cover.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

13 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1993 & Daredevil 1968

  1. My favorite Bat – cover is Detective Comics # 656. Some cops are trying to fill Batman with lead: he usually has a very self – confident attitude, but in this case he’s so frightened that he’s about to put his head between his knees. This cover is a double shock: you’re shocked because of the policemen shooting Batman, but also because of Bruce being so scared.
    I also love the perspective leaning to the left, the flaming sky, the contrast between light and dark… I usually don’t like Sam Kieth at all, but this cover is a real work of art.
    As for Matt, I pick Daredevil # 47, because of its dynamism and its unusual perspective.

    • “This cover is a double shock: you’re shocked because of the policemen shooting Batman, but also because of Bruce being so scared.”
      It is definitely intriguing and it succeeded in making me to want to find out more about the issue. The artist really has a unique styling to his drawing as well ranging from his depiction of the guns firing to Batman’s cape looking like I’ve never seen it before. My runner-up would have to be #668 for two reasons: the shock value of seeing this new Batman attacking Robin and the homage to #664.

      “As for Matt, I pick Daredevil # 47, because of its dynamism and its unusual perspective.”
      The common theme this week for you: unique angles that grab your attention.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections!

  2. The backdrop for Daredevil #45 cover is quite stunning, love how he’s swinging from the torch hand of the statue of liberty. The contrast in styles between the comic color drawing and what I assume is a photo in the background is something that I haven’t seen before.

    • I agree. This may be the first instance of the photo/art combo and a technique that I can’t recall being used too much over the decades, at least to my knowledge. I love said contrast though as it really makes the drawings stand out.

  3. Love your choices, they are brilliant! I would choose Detective #663 fro my Batman cover, with Batman in the raging water with rats scurrying across his cowl, such a scary image. Even Batman looks scared and pushed to the limit! For Daredevil I would choose #38 with Doctor Dooms mask on the cover, and Daredevil’s image reflected on it, really clever. Love these old Daredevil covers, they are so good! Have a great weekend!

    • “For Daredevil I would choose #38 with Doctor Dooms mask on the cover, and Daredevil’s image reflected on it, really clever.”
      It’s a technique that has been used many times over the years yet I’m still a sucker for it. This was my runner-up for Daredevil this week and it really came down to the wire as to which one I would select. Regardless, I truly wonder which was the first comic to come up with the idea? Also, thanks for sharing your selections! 🙂

  4. I’ve always loved #659 — I love images of heroes in peril, I guess. #656 is great for the same reason. By contrast, I’ve always thought #660 was a bit odd — is there not something odd about Robin’s face? That’s a Sam Keith one, right? He was like Skottie Young before Skottie Young — which is to say, really good but persistently annoying.

    • “By contrast, I’ve always thought #660 was a bit odd — is there not something odd about Robin’s face?”
      I know exactly what you mean.

      Speaking of heroes in peril…you forgot to mention #664: Batman at the mercy of Bane. The illusion of peril turned out to be a reality with this issue. Also, thanks for sharing your choices!

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