Retroactive: Detective Comics 1997 & Daredevil 1972

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 1996 and Daredevil 1971. 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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9 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 1997 & Daredevil 1972

  1. I completely agree with the Bat – cover you chose. Silver medal for Detective Comics Annual # 10, because of its amazing light effects. Special mention also for issues # 708 and # 710: giant guns means action packed comics, so my eyes shine each time I see a giant gun on a cover.
    As for Matt, I pick Daredevil # 86. The Ox is in a free fall, and we’re seeing him falling from a point of view that gives us the illusion that he’s about to fall on us. Also, our instinct of self-preservation makes us cover our face, because we’re seeing some pieces of glass flying all over us. Thanks to these marvellous details this cover makes us feel we’re part of the scene it depicts, so it instantly creates a deep connection between the reader and the comic book – and this is a purpose a cover should always achieve.
    The icing on the cake is the question raising dialogue between the Ox and Daredevil: why is the Ox dying? Does he suffer from a terminal illness? Is he a physically sane man committing suicide? And how will Daredevil save himself? It seems than only a brilliant deus ex machina can spare Matt’s life… and this is something a comic book should always do, that is to say striking its readers with brilliant and unexpected stage tricks.

    • “Silver medal for Detective Comics Annual # 10, because of its amazing light effects.”
      When I looked over the various covers I honestly thought you were going to give this the first place honor. For me, runner-up would go to Detective Comics #713. I love that image of Batman shining a light through the damp sewers, unaware that his “prey” is hot on his trail instead.

      “Also, our instinct of self-preservation makes us cover our face, because we’re seeing some pieces of glass flying all over us. Thanks to these marvellous details this cover makes us feel we’re part of the scene it depicts, so it instantly creates a deep connection between the reader and the comic book – and this is a purpose a cover should always achieve.”
      I love how you put that!

      “The icing on the cake is the question raising dialogue between the Ox and Daredevil: why is the Ox dying? Does he suffer from a terminal illness? Is he a physically sane man committing suicide? And how will Daredevil save himself?”
      And very enticing questions. This year of Daredevil was filled with them…along with quite a few instances of Daredevil plummeting to his demise or getting ready to be shoved to his demise. I wonder what is up with that? 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections.

  2. What were they thinking when they produced Detective Comics 707? How would you feel if your ten-year-old picked that one up at the store? Batman on his knees and it looks like someone has cut his throat.

  3. Great choice for Retroactive, I nearly went for the same cover as Detective Comics, its really good and unusual way to depict the Riddler. I liked the cover of Detective #711 with Batman in the Batcave, with villains from his rogues gallery on the computer screens behind him. I agree with you on Daredevil #90, with Daredevil falling from the building in fear as the Black Widow looks on. Its a great cover, a real twits on what we usually expect to see.

    • “I nearly went for the same cover as Detective Comics, its really good and unusual way to depict the Riddler.”
      And being gifted with three Riddler-themed covers in one year? What a treat.

      “I liked the cover of Detective #711 with Batman in the Batcave, with villains from his rogues gallery on the computer screens behind him.”
      Very solid choice that makes for a great visual.

      “Its a great cover, a real twist on what we usually expect to see.”
      Perfect summation my friend.

      Thanks for sharing your choices as well!

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