Retroactive: Detective Comics 2004 & Daredevil 1979

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 2003 and Daredevil 1978. 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 2004 & Daredevil 1979

  1. I completely agree with the Bat – cover you chose.
    As I told you in a very old comment (https://thegothamrogue.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/itd-blow-your-mind-if-you-knew-what-you-give-away-to-use-a-shiny-new-cell-phone-bullet-points-part-3-marvel-comics-102412/comment-page-1/), I think that Detective Comics # 796 contains one of the best superhero stories ever written: our choices should be based solely on the cover, but I’m so fond of the content of this issue that I really can’t avoid giving it the silver medal.
    As for Matt, I pick Daredevil # 160. Bullseye is a natural born killer, and he’s so skilled that even the most unthinkable and apparently harmless object becomes a lethal weapon in his hands. The cover of Daredevil # 160 points out Bullseye’s creativity in a very effective way, because it shows him strangling the Black Widow with a hairdryer.
    Also, notice that Bullseye is sneering while he’s doing it: this is another distinguish mark of this character, that is to say the joy this almost infallible killer gets from murdering people.
    He also has a haunted gaze, that reveals how insane he is.
    With a single image the cover artist managed to catch the essence of this character and to show all the details that make him unique: his ability as a killer, his creativity, his ruthlessness, his madness and his love for murder. No surprise that such an effective and rich cover has been drawn by Frank Miller – and the icing on the cake is his name written on the pole near Bullseye’s leg.

    • “I think that Detective Comics # 796 contains one of the best superhero stories ever written: our choices should be based solely on the cover, but I’m so fond of the content of this issue that I really can’t avoid giving it the silver medal.”
      I loved the cover to #796 for an entirely different reason: it had Stephanie Brown as Robin on it! 🙂 Other covers that were awesome and could have won the first place crown for me this week were #790 (the cemetery scene with the fog was fantastic) and #793 (Batman being reflected in Mr. Freeze’s dome)

      “As for Matt, I pick Daredevil # 160.”
      And this was my runner-up for Daredevil.

      “With a single image the cover artist managed to catch the essence of this character and to show all the details that make him unique: his ability as a killer, his creativity, his ruthlessness, his madness and his love for murder.”
      Perfectly summarized wwayne. And the Frank Miller era has just begun on Daredevil. Many more memorable covers are sure to follow.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!

      • “Other covers that were awesome and could have won the first place crown for me this week were #790 (the cemetery scene with the fog was fantastic) and #793 (Batman being reflected in Mr. Freeze’s dome).” Detective Comics # 790 gets a deeply deserved bronze medal in my personal ranking.
        “Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your replies! : )

  2. I think Detective #791 is a great cover as well. Its great to see Leslie on the cover as she consoles the young Bruce Wayne at her clinic, and I like how the muted colors make it look like an old photograph. My choice of Daredevil cover is issue #159, with Daredevil being attacked underwater. Its a very simple yet highly dramatic cover, the underwater setting makes DD’s plight all the moor dangerous as he battle his foe in the murky green waters. What a great instalment of Retroactive to start the week!

    • “My choice of Daredevil cover is issue #159, with Daredevil being attacked underwater. Its a very simple yet highly dramatic cover, the underwater setting makes DD’s plight all the moor dangerous as he battle his foe in the murky green waters.”
      Nice choice and I love how you put it. I look at that cover and wonder “who is this foe that has marked our hero for death?” Very interesting indeed.

      Also, thanks for sharing your choices! 🙂

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