Retroactive: The Flash 1972 & Uncanny X-Men 1980

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 The Flash 1971 and Uncanny X-Men 1979. 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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6 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1972 & Uncanny X-Men 1980

  1. When you read a superhero comic book, you know that, no matter how desperate the situation seems, at the end the leading character will manage to save the day.
    Sometimes it’s a very easy task for him, because he faces a “100 % muscles, 0 % brain” villain, so all he has to do is throwing some punches at that loser and then going back home.
    Some other times things are not that easy, because the villain decided to concoct an evil plan instead of just using his brute force. In this case the superhero will be forced to do the same thing, that is to say using his brain and not just his physical gifts.
    This is exactly what happened in Flash # 219. This cover shows the “superhero in jail” cliché: as you know, I usually don’t give the first prize to a cover if it contains such a pathetic gimmick, but in this case I decided to make an exception to the rule.
    As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 130. The light effects, the bright colours, the light bulbs surrounding the X – Men logo, the question – raising presence of a brand new character, the unusual setting… this cover is so rich that, each time I take a look at it, I find at least one more reason why I should give it the gold medal.

    • “This cover shows the “superhero in jail” cliché: as you know, I usually don’t give the first prize to a cover if it contains such a pathetic gimmick, but in this case I decided to make an exception to the rule.”
      It is a cover that is my runner-up because of all the questions that it creates. 1. How did the Flash get locked in that cell? 2. How will he escape? 3. How did the Top even get 1 million dollars in the first place? Add those questions to a catchy title (The Million Dollar Deathtrap) and you get a sure-fire winner.

      “As for the X – Men, I pick UXM # 130. The light effects, the bright colours, the light bulbs surrounding the X – Men logo, the question – raising presence of a brand new character, the unusual setting… this cover is so rich that, each time I take a look at it, I find at least one more reason why I should give it the gold medal.”
      A really solid choice and my third place winner. The dramatic debut of Dazzler dazzles us with everything you stated. It’s the perfect cover that goes hand-in-hand with the type of character that she is. It definitely would have stood out next to the other books on the shelves!

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections. 🙂

  2. For this Retroactive I choose Flash #212 because its such a creepy image, with Flash being sucked into the TV like that, kinda makes me think of the Twilight Zone. Really like how the Flash covers were always so inventive and different. Uncanny X-Men was a tough one this time, especially with the classic #138 there, where Jean Grey dies on the moon at the end of the Dark Phoenix Saga. However, I have gone with your choice, Uncanny X-Men #139, with Cyclops slowly walking away from the X-Men, his life, and friends, after loosing Jean. Its great how the covers of old issues are highlighted in the background as well, its a sombre image, and one that hints at the beginning of a new era for the X-Men. This is actually on of the favourite X-Men issues, Jean’s funeral is heart breaking, and the story itself is a kind of recap of X-Men history, right form the beginning, covering events right up to Jean’s death. A great retroactive!

    • “For this Retroactive I choose Flash #212 because its such a creepy image, with Flash being sucked into the TV like that, kinda makes me think of the Twilight Zone.”
      It reminds me of a movie called Stay Tuned starring John Ritter.

      “This is actually on of the favourite X-Men issues, Jean’s funeral is heart breaking, and the story itself is a kind of recap of X-Men history, right form the beginning, covering events right up to Jean’s death.”
      I have to admit that I’ve never read that issue. The one thing this Retroactive has done, coupled with your passionate notes each week, is making me want to track down this run and experience it for myself. Keep it up Paul Bowler. It is much appreciated!

      Also, thanks for sharing your choices!

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