Retroactive: The Flash Debuts & Uncanny X-Men 1963

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. 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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Uncanny X-Men 1963uncanny_xmenlogo________________________________________________________

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8 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash Debuts & Uncanny X-Men 1963

  1. I really like UXM # 2. The X – Men are encircling the villain: you instantly think they’re about to attack him all at the same time, but then you notice the speech bubble coming from Jean Grey: “Stay back, all of you! The orders of Professor X!” Why does Charles want to beat this villain all by himself? Does he have a personal grudge against him? Does he think that his pupils are not experienced enough? Or is this villain so powerful that only a skilled and smart man like Professor X can beat him? Questions, questions, questions.
    I also love the detailed background, the red sky, the contrast between warm colors (the red sky and the yellow on the X – Men’s costumes) and cold colors (the green of the grass field)… the more I look at this cover, the more I’m willing to give it the gold medal.
    As for Flash, I pick issue # 105, because it reminds me of a marvellous movie whose title is “The Lady from Shanghai”, and whose final scene is set in a house of mirrors.
    P.S.: Until a few days ago, I had never read a Flash comic book. I had never felt any attraction for this character – probably because I like dark superheroes, and he isn’t dark at all.
    But then I noticed that you had a big passion for Flash, and I thought “If GothamRogue likes him so much, he must have something good: let’s give him a chance!” So I bought:

    DC Retroactive: The Flash – ’70s # 1
    DC Retroactive: The Flash – ’80s # 1

    The first one was awful (definitely the worst comic book I read this month, along with the Young Avengers story arc). The other one, on the contrary, was a quite nice read.
    I also own a Flash comic book I bought years ago (Flash: Blood Will Run TP). I bought it because I found the title of this story arc very appealing, but I haven’t read it yet. I may give it a chance sooner or later.
    Another awful comic book I read this month is Daredevil Season One TP. I found it very peeving, because it had exactly the same plot of Daredevil Yellow. I wonder why Marvel decided to publish an obvious remake of this storyline. If DC decided to publish a remake of The Dark Knight Returns, readers would think: “That graphic novel is a masterpiece, and you can’t touch a masterpiece.” That’s exactly what I think of Daredevil Yellow.

    • “I really like UXM # 2.”
      And I love the reasons why you selected it. A mini-Retroactive feature in itself!

      “As for Flash, I pick issue # 105, because it reminds me of a marvellous movie whose title is “The Lady from Shanghai”, and whose final scene is set in a house of mirrors.”
      This was my runner-up. Love that image of the Flash as he confronts the Mirror Master for the very first time.

      “I also own a Flash comic book I bought years ago (Flash: Blood Will Run TP). I bought it because I found the title of this story arc very appealing, but I haven’t read it yet. I may give it a chance sooner or later.”
      A tale of the Flash written by the great Geoff Johns! I almost have his entire run save for two story arcs. One of these days I vow to track them down. I’m happy to hear you’re taking a chance on the Flash and I’m honored that it was because of my good word. He’s got a big few years coming with his potential TV show and being in the Justice League movie. It’s a good time to be a fan of the Flash. Let me know what you think of Blood Will Run when you read it. Not the best of Geoff John’s Flash tales but good none the less. He really writes the Flash Rogues to perfection.

      “I wonder why Marvel decided to publish an obvious remake of this storyline.”
      It’s all about the money. Most of those Season One books were blatant rehashes that served no real purpose besides taking some cash out of the pockets of unsuspecting comic fans. 😦

      Also, thanks for providing your selections!

  2. Wow, I’ve been looking forward to Retroactive II all week! We are in complete agreement as well! I love the cover of Showcase 4 featuring the first appearance of The Flash, as races from each section of the film strip, finally emerging onto the cover itself!! A classic cover! I really like Uncanny X-Men #1 again another classic cover, with the original X-Men attacking Magneto! Wonderful covers and the beginning of two classic eras!!

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