Retroactive: Detective Comics 1996 & Daredevil 1971

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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 #699. This is not the Batman we are used to seeing: instead of inspiring fear in the hearts of criminals, he is fearful for his own life. The majority of the cover is flooded in a liquid red substance which strongly resembles blood, something that if true is quite an ominous prospect indeed. Batman struggles to stay above “water”, fighting to prevent his untimely death by drowning. Unfortunately for Batman his limited space is even smaller since the main title is right above him. I love this interaction between the Dark Knight and the title as he tries in vain to push the B and the N of “Batman” upwards and out of the way in desperation. It’s a truly haunting and creepy cover that really strikes a chord in the heart of any fan of Batman’s and one that makes for a really compelling image. For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil #74. The streets have been overcome with utter pandemonium. There is a vehicle that has gone through a storefront, a bus that is almost completely on its side, more damaged windows, and people littering the streets on the ground or staggering this way and that. What is causing such a fuss? Well Daredevil gives us the startling answer: “The whole city’s gone blind!” Daredevil asks his valued friend Foggy for help but he too is not immune to the tragic circumstances that have befallen this good city. Is Daredevil truly the only one still with his sight? What would cause such an event? Who could be behind it? These questions plus the chaotic scene that is unfolding before our very eyes secures this cover as the must see issue of the year.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

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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