Retroactive: Detective Comics 1996 & Daredevil 1971

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 1995 and Daredevil 1970. 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 1996 & Daredevil 1971

  1. I really like Detective Comics Annual # 9.
    As you know, I love when Batman wears an unusual outfit, so, when I saw the hi – tech costume shown in that cover, I instantly understood it would have won the gold medal.
    Also, on the right you can see a ripped newspaper, revealing us that Batman ended up in the front page: this detail is so question raising that it would have convinced me to buy the issue alone.
    I also love the flaming sky, the creepy tone created by the various skulls surrounding Batman, the 3 sidekicks covered by the darkness… this cover is so rich that, each time I take a look at it, I find at least one more reason why I should give it the gold medal.
    As for Matt, Daredevil # 78 has a lot of delightful details too: a meticulously drawn background, Daredevil shown in a very dynamic pose, the upper tagline throwing a golden light on his costume, the lower tagline compelling us to open up the book in order to get to know Mr. Kline’s identity… a really, really beautiful cover.

    • “This cover is so rich that, each time I take a look at it, I find at least one more reason why I should give it the gold medal.”
      Like the dead skeletons surrounding him? Or the great title “Legends of the Dark Earth”? It is an awesome cover and Ranks in my Top 3 for sure. I simply love your aforementioned silhouettes of his sidekicks in the background. A real winner here. My other member of my Top 3 would be DC #693. I love the image of Poison Ivy, sun hitting her through the bars of her cell, leafs floating throughout the air, and the shadows forming a giant bat symbol.

      “As for Matt, Daredevil # 78 has a lot of delightful details too: a meticulously drawn background, Daredevil shown in a very dynamic pose, the upper tagline throwing a golden light on his costume, the lower tagline compelling us to open up the book in order to get to know Mr. Kline’s identity… a really, really beautiful cover.”
      It sure does entice me to buy the issue so I too can learn “who the mysterious Mr. Kline” is!

      Thanks, as always for providing your selections.

  2. Excellent choice for this instalment of Retroactive. I really like Detective #703 with Batman lighting a single match, and his face bathed in the glow and shadows that small flame casts. Its quite a creepy image. Daredevil #81 is really good, with Daredevil unconscious underwater with the Black Widow swimming towards him.

    • “Its quite a creepy image”
      A stellar choice. The colouring used on this cover is top-notch.

      “Daredevil #81 is really good, with Daredevil unconscious underwater with the Black Widow swimming towards him.”
      And this is my runner-up for Daredevil. That image combined with the caption “Death is a Black Widow” has my undivided attention. Will she fail to save him? Is it her fault that he is in this predicament to begin with? What does the caption mean?!

      Also, thanks for taking the time and providing your choices.

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