Retroactive: Green Arrow 1989 & The Punisher 1988

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 Green Arrow 1988 and The Punisher 1987. 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: Green Arrow 1989 & The Punisher 1988

  1. Well, I picked Green Arrow #14 this time, simply because I thought it was a really strange cover, with Green Arrow caught in the reflection of the eye like that. I have no idea what this issue is about or what it means, but would be interesting to find out on the strength of this cover! Some great covers for the Punisher, however as I scrolled down the page, there was really only one choice I could make. Punisher #13 with the Punisher riding a bike a full speed, this cover has a real sense of urgency and danger to it. Also, its actually the first Punisher comic I ever remember buying, that’s why this comic cover jumped out at me. If I remember right the Punisher was staking out a gang, and if all ended in a bike chase or something, very exciting! Cheers for a great instalment of Retroactive and a nice trip down memory lane as well!

    • “I have no idea what this issue is about or what it means, but would be interesting to find out on the strength of this cover!”
      I agree with you 100%. What type of animal is this attacking our hero? Where is he? Was this animal set upon him by an outside force? Did he encounter it in the wild? Call me intrigued!

      “Also, its actually the first Punisher comic I ever remember buying, that’s why this comic cover jumped out at me.”
      And perhaps a big reason that this was your first issue can be chalked up to this cover image capturing your interest?

      “Cheers for a great instalment of Retroactive and a nice trip down memory lane as well!”
      And thank you as well for sharing your selections and your personal experiences. Much appreciated!

      • Yes, it was the cover of that issue of Punisher that really caught my attention, as it looked such an exciting story. Would be great to read it again. Still no idea what that animal is on the Green Arrow cover, but it certainly got me intrigued as well. Have a great weekend

  2. As you know, high school is one of my favorite settings, so the cover you chose got very close to the gold medal… but I pick Punisher # 5.
    I tend to give the gold medal to covers which are full of details, bright colours, light effects and so on: in this case I decided to do exactly the opposite, and to give the first prize to a very simple and essential image.
    I like it because it perfectly catches the essence of the character. Frank deeply loves his job as a antihero, and this cover proves it in a very effective way, because it shows him closing his eyes out of pleasure at hearing the “Click!” of his giant gun.
    I also love his face partially swathed in shadows, the two bullet holes under his neck and the thought out combination of different tones of blue.
    As for Oliver, I pick Green Arrow # 18. What a powerful image, with Oliver being above his enemies and falling on them with a giant motorcycle.
    Also, notice that, instead of being scared because of the bullets flying very close to him, he tries to shoot an arrow with a perfectly concentrated facial expression.
    This image is a delightful parody of medieval knights: they used to shoot arrows on horseback, and Oliver does the same thing with a motorcycle.
    I also love the flaming sky, the geometric pattern of the cover (notice that the two clouds are perfectly parallel), the contrast between the warm colours of the background and the cool colours of the character in the foreground… yes, this cover definitely deserves the gold medal.

    • “As you know, high school is one of my favorite settings, so the cover you chose got very close to the gold medal… but I pick Punisher # 5.”
      Oh so close! I really thought we were going to be one the same page this week. Regardless your choice is great as seeing the Punisher take sure joy in the violence that he is about to inflict is classic Punisher. My runner-up would go to #6 though. I love the image of the Punisher, wearing a gas mask, emerging from a cloud of poison gas, the silhouette of a skeleton in the foreground. What a fantastic image!

      “As for Oliver, I pick Green Arrow # 18. What a powerful image, with Oliver being above his enemies and falling on them with a giant motorcycle.”
      I simply love reading your description of the cover. That is my biggest joy of Retroactive: reading everyone’s responses and analysis. For me, my runner-up would go to #20. I love the arrangement of the various images and how it reminds me of an old-time movie poster. Another stellar line-up from Green Arrow. It may have taken forever for him to get a solo title, but the wait was worth it!

      Thanks, as always, for providing your choices!

      • “I love the arrangement of the various images and how it reminds me of an old-time movie poster.” Speaking of movies, I do suggest you to watch Monuments Men: it’s a 5 starts movie. I’ll probably write a post about it, in order to recommend it to my readers as well.
        ” It may have taken forever for him to get a solo title, but the wait was worth it!” It definitely was! : )
        “Thanks, as always, for providing your choices!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )

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