Retroactive: The Flash 1968 & Uncanny X-Men 1976

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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 #184. On the last edition of Retroactive I chose a Flash cover that has been paid homage to over the years and with this edition I’ve done it yet again. The main difference though is that this cover has been paid tribute to in other series as well with the most recent one taking place in the New 52 version of Animal Man. What makes it such an awesome cover though? Well the first thing that grabs us is the giant caption: “You are about to read of the most tragic day in the life of the Flash!” Then we have the image of our hero, completely devastated at whatever has transpired. Last but not least is the black background which not only makes the caption and the Flash pop off the page but creates a real foreboding atmosphere as well. All these elements equate to one awesome and memorable cover that rises above the rest as the best of the best. For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #100. Speaking of iconic covers we have this awesome and classic standoff one. Sometimes we have heroes lined-up against villains but on occasion we have heroes versus heroes like we do here. On one side of the cover is the Original Five (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman) and on the other is the new team (Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, Banshee, and Wolverine). Is this some minor disagreement? It certainly is not since the caption boldly proclaims: “X-Man Vs. X-Man in a battle to the death!” A battle to the death? Our minds race as we wonder what could possibly warrant such a conflict. Then we read the rest of the caption “Betrayed by Professor X!” along with the shot of Professor X cheering this battle on. So a battle to the death and a betrayal by their mentor? Why would Professor X want to see his two teams clash? What could he possibly gain? This face-off cover is such a worthy one for the 100th issue and one that really grabs our attention and won’t let go until we open it up and discover the answers to these looming questions for ourselves.
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

9 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1968 & Uncanny X-Men 1976

  1. The image from Flash # 183 could be set in a noir movie: neon lights, nightclubs, a lonely man walking on a desert sidewalk, another man wearing the typical gangster outfit (a hat and a trench coat)… if I had seen it in a comic shop, I definitely would have taken this issue out of the spinner rack.
    When I gave it a second look, I realized that Flash # 183 shows the fake death cliché: you know that I usually don’t give the gold medal to an issue having such a pathetic gimmick, but in this case I decided to make an exception to the rule.
    Speaking of the fake death cliché, when I read that the real Spidey is about to resurrect, I didn’t turn a hair. It was a so expected event that its announcement didn’t strike me at all. Of course I’m happy for it, but certainly not surprised.
    Silver medal for issue # 180, because I love its light effects and the meticulously drawn outfit of the villain; bronze medal for issue # 179, because it breaks the 4th wall.
    As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 98, because it shows a very heated and dynamic fight scene from an unusual perspective.
    Special mention for UXM # 97, because I love the way black and blue are combined on Cyclop’s costume.
    P.S.: January already became the month during which I got most followers ever: I gained 33 of them in 15 days. Maybe another blogger advertised my blog somewhere.
    Also, last week I saw the wonderful movie named American Hustle. I do suggest you to watch it too if you haven’t: you’ll thank me. : )

    • “The image from Flash # 183 could be set in a noir movie: neon lights, nightclubs, a lonely man walking on a desert sidewalk, another man wearing the typical gangster outfit (a hat and a trench coat)… if I had seen it in a comic shop, I definitely would have taken this issue out of the spinner rack.”
      From the moment I saw this cover I knew you’d give it the first place crown. A simply awesome cover that gets my runner-up award.

      “It was a so expected event that its announcement didn’t strike me at all. Of course I’m happy for it, but certainly not surprised.”
      Quite right. I knew he’d come back in time for Amazing Spider-Man 2. I’m really going to miss the Superior Spider-Man though. I wonder what Doc Ock’s fate will be? Now that is truly a puzzle.

      “As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 98, because it shows a very heated and dynamic fight scene from an unusual perspective.”
      This was my third place cover. For me, my runner-up is the cover that Paul Bowler selected (#101). Another classic moment in X-Men lore!

      “P.S.: January already became the month during which I got most followers ever: I gained 33 of them in 15 days. Maybe another blogger advertised my blog somewhere.”
      Wow. Congrats!

      “Also, last week I saw the wonderful movie named American Hustle. I do suggest you to watch it too if you haven’t: you’ll thank me.”
      Batman? Hawkeye? Lois Lane? Mystique? And the voice of Rocket Raccoon? What a simply great cast indeed. Thanks for the recommendation.

      And thank you as well for providing your selections. 🙂

      • “I wonder what Doc Ock’s fate will be? Now that is truly a puzzle.” I’ve never been into that character, so, if Slott decides to wipe him out, I won’t shed a tear.
        “Wow. Congrats!” My blog is getting a bigger audience, but it’s not all a bed of roses. A bad mannered new reader commented my latest post and heaped abuse on me just because he thought I didn’t properly summarize the plot of American Hustle.
        I approved his comment, I replied to him in a polite way and I even thanked him for sharing his thoughts, and he went on heaping abuse on me by writing a second nasty comment.
        I found out that unfortunately I can’t block him: all I can do is deleting his comments if he shows up again. I told him not to do it, but probably he shrugged his shoulders when he read my request.
        “And thank you as well for providing your selections.” Thank you too for your reply! : )

  2. Some brilliant coves to choose from this week. I really like Flash #184 as well, with the black background and the giant caption, its really eye catching. Uncanny X-Men #101 is my choice here, with the first appearance of Phoenix on the cover, a classic X-Men moment! Brilliant!

    • Ah yes! #101 is simply brilliant and my personal runner-up. I love the shots of the various X-Men, panicked as the water looks to swallow them up. But then rising out of the water is…the Phoenix! Superb…or should I say x-ceptional? 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your choices!

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