Retroactive: Detective Comics 2004 & Daredevil 1979

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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 #791. There were so many awesome Tim Sale covers this year that you really couldn’t go wrong in selecting any one of them but this one stood out due to several factors, the leading one being the emotional factor. Batman once described Leslie Thompkins as: “She found me and she took care of me…taught me how to survive. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for her.” On this cover we see Leslie console that sad and lonely younger Bruce Wayne in her office at the East Side Clinic. This entire scene is coloured in various shades of golden browns and yellows to really give it the appearance of an old-time photo. This is quite appropriate considering it is a flashback scene to yesteryear and we see the identity of the person reflecting upon this time though the window in the form of the huge visage of the Dark Knight himself, drenched in blue light. That Batman is thinking back to this vulnerable time and how this woman came though for him translates to us the reader that she is not only important to him but that she could potentially be in some kind of danger that he needs to avert in the present day. It is a cover that is not only beautiful, not only creative, but also tugs at our emotional heartstrings as well. For Daredevil, the title goes to: Daredevil #156. Above all the other covers this is the one that immediately grabbed my attention by its interesting premise: “The wildest saga of the year! D.D. battles the original Daredevil!” And sure enough that is exactly what we get as we witness the classic yellow and red Daredevil deliver a devastating punch to the current all-red incarnation. But what is this? Who is acting as the quasi-referee in this “ring of no return” you ask? Why it’s none other than Matt Murdock himself! Cast in shadows, acting as spectators to this entire conflict, are the various members of the Avengers not believing what they are seeing. And how is this fight even possible in the first place? Imposters? Clones? Time travel? Or is the cover more symbolic of an internal battle that is going on inside Daredevil’s psyche? Regardless of the answer this cover has succeeded in securing my undivided attention and claims top honors.
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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 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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