Retroactive: The Flash 1967 & Uncanny X-Men 1975

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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 Flash, the crown goes to: The Flash #174. An iconic cover that has been paid tribute to numerous times over the decades, this cover immediately stood out to me as the best of the best. While this year had quite a few covers depicting the Flash defeated/dead, I love the artist’s creativity on this one. The Flash lies helplessly on the ground right next to the caption proclaiming the “Stupendous triumph of the six super villains.” Positioned directly behind him are some simply monolithic letters spelling out our hero’s name, letters that seem to be standing in for his tombstone. Then we have the stars of the cover: the six Rogues known as Mirror Master, Captain Boomerang, the Top, the Pied Piper, Captain Cold, and Heat Wave. All of these villains positioned on top of the letters have a look of glee on their faces while brandishing their trademark weapons but my favourite one has to be Heat Wave as he bucks the trend and pops himself through the A, his heat gun still smoking from its recent discharge. It is a cover that will stay with me not months from now but forever as one of this series’ greatest and one of my personal favourites. For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Giant-Size X-Men #1. Was there any real doubt that I wasn’t going to pick this one? It might be a cheat but I’ve included it with the rest of the 1975 issues because of its importance. After the X-Men were essentially cancelled this was the issue that brought them back after a near 5 year hiatus and it kicked off the new direction and new cast that would dominate the series and would become household names in the process. In fact I’d go as far to say that this cover could potentially be considered more famous for the series than its very first one. Onto the cover itself which is simply brilliant. In the background we have the Original Five X-Men (Beast, Angel, Cyclops, Iceman, and Jean Grey) who look completely shocked. The five of them are rendered in a light blue and black colour scheme that gives them a real ghost-like appearance which is apropos considering they were this series’ past. And what about this series’ future? Why they are bursting though the page and into our living rooms. Along with stalwart member Cyclops we get many characters making their debuts (Nightcrawler, Thunderbird, Colossus, and Storm) and one character that was relatively new to Marvel (haven only been in three issues of Incredible Hulk before) in the form of Wolverine. Imagine being a fan back in 1975 and seeing this cover on the stands. Not only was it an innovative idea but seeing all these characters you had never seen before along with wondering why the old team was reacting as they were got us pumped for what was essentially the second volume of this legendary series.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

7 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1967 & Uncanny X-Men 1975

  1. I really like The Flash # 170: a dark atmosphere, flames, guns, bullets flying all over… this is something I always wish to see in a superhero comic book (unless it’s a slice – of – life series like Superman/Wonder Woman), so selecting this cover was a no brainer choice for me.
    As for the X – Men, UXM # 95 shows a heated fight scene as well, so it got very close to the gold medal… but at the end I decided to pick Giant Size X – Men # 1, because I agree with you that it’s the most eye catching cover of the year.

    • “I really like The Flash # 170”
      What I really like is the fact that Flash passes by all this action and states: “Things sure are quiet in town tonight! Might as well turn in!” It grabs me right away as odd and makes me want to find out more. My runner-up would be #171. Everyone going about their business as the Flash lies dead in the street. That image of the little boy whistling as he casually walks right over top of our hero gets me every time.

      “But at the end I decided to pick Giant Size X – Men # 1, because I agree with you that it’s the most eye catching cover of the year.”
      It was so great a cover that they made a statue out of it too: http://colossuscollection.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/giant-size-x-men-cover-sculpture.jpg

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!

  2. Awesome instalment of retroactive, so many great covers! I really like the cover of Flash #173 featuring Flash, Jay Garrick, and Kid Flash. Its really fun to see them all on one cover like this. As for the X-Men, well its gotta be Giant Sized X-Men #1 for me as well! This is one of my fave ever comics! I just love how the New X-Men are bursting through the cover with the Original X-Men fading in the background, and what a classic run of stories that followed! Brilliant!

    • “I really like the cover of Flash #173 featuring Flash, Jay Garrick, and Kid Flash.”
      Great choice. I actually own this very issue.

      “As for the X-Men, well its gotta be Giant Sized X-Men #1 for me as well!”
      You completely shocked me with your choices. 🙂 In all seriousness, this new era not only brings us better storylines but even better covers!

      Thanks for sharing your choice. It is much appreciated!

      • I bet it was a shock I chose Giant Sized X-Men #1 LOL! This was a brilliant era, one of my all time faves, and it what got me hooked on the X-Men comics. Wiow, great you have that issue of the Flash as well!

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