Retroactive: Detective Comics 2006 & Daredevil 1981

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 2005 and Daredevil 1980. 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 2006 & Daredevil 1981

  1. I like both your choices for this Retroactive, Detective #824 is brilliant, and I can see how this must have been such a difficult choice. Its a very striking and stylish cover I really like this. Great version of the Penguin as well. Daredevil #168 is another classic DD cover, with the debut of Elektra, this one had to be my top choice as well. A brilliant era of Daredevil!!

    • We’re on the same page yet again but it was quite difficult for me to come to this conclusion. In fact that was the major reason why this edition of Retroactive was delayed.

      Thanks for sharing your selections! It is much appreciated each and every time. 🙂

  2. You know that I love unusual perspectives, so Detective Comics # 824 got very close to the gold medal… but at the end I decided to pick Detective Comics # 815.
    First of all, the villain is in the foreground and the superhero is in the background: usually it’s just the opposite, so this artistic choice instantly won me over. As you know, I love writers and pencillers who decide to take an old cliché and to turn it upside down, or at least to add a personal touch to it.
    Secondly, I love the fact that both Mr. Zsasz and the corpses around him are colored with red: it is a very ingenious way to convey the message that a lot of blood will run in this issue.
    Thirdly, I love Batman’s pose, helplessly holding up an already dead man. It’s a delightfully subtle way to suggest that this time Batman won’t come in time, and he won’t save the day.
    As for Matt, I agree that Daredevil # 168 is the most beautiful and question – raising cover of the year.
    Special mention for issue # 174. As I had already told you, at the beginning the Gladiator was a villain, but later on he became one of Daredevil’s best friends and alleys. This cover proves his redemption in a very effective way, since it seems that he sacrificed an arm for the man without fear.
    Also, notice that Matt’s right leg and Elektra’s left one form a cross upon the Gladiator’s body. When you want to erase a word from a text you wrote, you usually draw a cross on it, so that cross might be a delightfully subtle way to say: “The Gladiator is wounded, so he can’t be of help anymore, and the other 2 must save the day all by themselves.”

    • “I love the fact that both Mr. Zsasz and the corpses around him are colored with red: it is a very ingenious way to convey the message that a lot of blood will run in this issue.”
      Yes indeed. And having the background filled with his trademark tallys makes it even more ominous.

      “Thirdly, I love Batman’s pose, helplessly holding up an already dead man.”
      The one thing is that this man is in fact Alfred. During the course of the story he is stabbed by Zsasz. For me seeing Batman cradle the body of Alfred is the emotional punch to the gut that puts this cover over the top. It was one of my three covers I kept going back and forth with along with #814’s frantic and chaotic scene.

      “Also, notice that Matt’s right leg and Elektra’s left one form a cross upon the Gladiator’s body. When you want to erase a word from a text you wrote, you usually draw a cross on it, so that cross might be a delightfully subtle way to say: “The Gladiator is wounded, so he can’t be of help anymore, and the other 2 must save the day all by themselves.””
      I love that extra layer of nuance you discovered. Brilliant! For me, the other two covers that I was having trouble with were #169 (Bullseye surround by numerous dead bodies wearing Daredevil’s costume which succeeds in getting across that he is so obsessed with the hero that he is seeing him everywhere) and #170 (a giant Kingpin reaching over a building and grabbing our hero, the caption The Kingpin Must Die! emblazoned on said structure).

      Thanks, as always, for providing your choices!

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