Retroactive: Detective Comics 2007 & Daredevil 1982

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 2006 and Daredevil 1981. 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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7 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2007 & Daredevil 1982

  1. I really like Detective Comics # 825.
    First of all, there is a very intriguing tagline: “The return of Doctor Phosphorus.” I’ve never heard of this character, but his name makes me think that he probably belongs to the era during which Batman still wasn’t a dark superhero, and he used to fight against some incredibly campy villains. Probably the writer of this issue chose to resurrect a forgotten campy villain and to make him a much darker and deeper character, as Brubaker did innumerous times during his run on Daredevil. I love when a writer does something like this, as I love when old and new are combined, so that tagline sounds really enticing to me.
    Secondly, I love the close up on Batman’s mask, whose lower part is melting because of the heat coming from the hand of the villain. Bruce’s face usually is impassive, so seeing him screaming with pain is something deeply shocking.
    Thirdly, I love the fact that the villain is not shown. In horror movies, the monstrous creature is swathed in shadows as much as possible, in order to make the audience more and more frightened and anguished: this cover manages to stir up the same emotions, thanks to the fact that the cover artist decided to show us only a hand of Doctor Phosphorus.
    As for Matt, I agree with you that Daredevil # 188 is by far the best cover of the week. Special mention for issue # 183, because of the Punisher.
    Also, did you notice that almost every single year there is at least one Daredevil cover that shows him falling? In 1982 it happened only one time, for Daredevil # 186… and I think that Matt was fed up with it, because in the next cover he asks: “STOP IT! Please…” : )

    • “I’ve never heard of this character, but his name makes me think that he probably belongs to the era during which Batman still wasn’t a dark superhero, and he used to fight against some incredibly campy villains.”
      The villain made his debut in 1977. I’m not too familiar with him but I think you are correct with your theory that they were dusting off an old character to reinvent him. Apparently, until this issue came out his status was thought to be deceased.

      “Thirdly, I love the fact that the villain is not shown. In horror movies, the monstrous creature is swathed in shadows as much as possible, in order to make the audience more and more frightened and anguished: this cover manages to stir up the same emotions, thanks to the fact that the cover artist decided to show us only a hand of Doctor Phosphorus.”
      A fun detail that didn’t occur to me. You nailed it wwayne! My personal runner-up would be #831. A really nice shot of Harley and the Dark Knight together.

      “Special mention for issue # 183, because of the Punisher.”
      Special mention also for #179 and #181. Iconic stories coupled with covers that have been paid homage to over the years.

      “Also, did you notice that almost every single year there is at least one Daredevil cover that shows him falling? In 1982 it happened only one time, for Daredevil # 186… and I think that Matt was fed up with it, because in the next cover he asks: “STOP IT! Please…””
      Ha ha! Yes, I noticed Daredevil’s penchant for falling. It’s like you haven’t made it as a Daredevil cover artist until you draw him falling off something at least once. 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections.

  2. Brilliant covers for this instalment of Retroactive. I chose Detective Comics #827, such a brilliant cover, with Batman in the cave sitting by the Bat Computer, deep in thought. What a wonderful and evocative cover. I really liked your choice as well, featuring Doctor Phosphorus attacking the Dark Knight, what a scary cover. I chose Daredevil #181 a classic issue and cover, and one of the best ever DD storylines.

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