Retroactive: Detective Comics 2008 & Daredevil 1983

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 2007 and Daredevil 1982. 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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8 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2008 & Daredevil 1983

  1. Great weekend edition of Retroactive! I really liked Detective Comics #842 with Batman making his way through a blizzard of slow, a simple, yet striking image that is also strangely mysterious as well. We are so used to seeing Batman lurking in the shadows, seeing him blending in with this snowstorm is something very different. I had to pick Daredevil #200 with DD and Bullsey squaring off in this titanic showdown. A brilliant era of Daredevil and what a fantastic 200th issue this was, with Bullseye and DD fighting and no one, or nothing, to get in their way!

    • “Batman making his way through a blizzard of slow, a simple, yet striking image that is also strangely mysterious as well.”
      What I also find intriguing about the cover is what looks to be blood on him. Is it his? Is he injured? Or is it someone else’s?

      “A brilliant era of Daredevil and what a fantastic 200th issue this was, with Bullseye and DD fighting and no one, or nothing, to get in their way!”
      I read somewhere that they do battle in the same ring that Murdock’s father fought in? An awesome touch indeed.

      Thanks for sharing your selections!

      • Not sure what happened to Batman in that issue, been while since I read that. You are right about Daredevil #200 DD and Bullseye do indeed end up fighting in the same ring Matt’s father fought in. A brilliant issue, with one hell of a showdown!

  2. Daredevil # 197 has many details that really please my eye: neon lights, a starless sky, the leading character walking on a desert sidewalk under a street lamp… the cover artist clearly drew inspiration from the noir movies I love so much, so I instantly fell in love with this image he created.
    The icing on the cake is the menacing presence of Bullseye, whose fiery glance is pointed on Daredevil and the girl walking next to him.
    Also, notice that Daredevil is walking with a very cautious attitude. Maybe his sixth sense warned him that Bullseye is about to attack him?
    As for Batman, I pick Detective Comics # 846. This cover shows Batman undoing Hush’s mask, and this is a delightfully subtle way to suggest that Bruce’s about to dismantle the evil plan his enemy concocted.
    Special mention for issue # 842, because I love how the black of Batman’s costume is combined with the white of the snow surrounding him.

    • “Daredevil # 197 has many details that really please my eye: neon lights, a starless sky, the leading character walking on a desert sidewalk under a street lamp… the cover artist clearly drew inspiration from the noir movies I love so much, so I instantly fell in love with this image he created.”
      This cover was my runner-up for the exact reasons you listed. Looking at #200 though, something about it just gripped me immediately.

      “As for Batman, I pick Detective Comics # 846. This cover shows Batman undoing Hush’s mask, and this is a delightfully subtle way to suggest that Bruce’s about to dismantle the evil plan his enemy concocted.”
      And the grand twist later on in the arc of Hush revealing his “face” beneath is quite a turn indeed. Totally unexpected. Like I said, you can’t go wrong with any of Nguyen’s pieces. My other favourites are #841 (the sheer wealth of detail as Batman “partakes” in a tea party), #843 (the female Ventriloquist being surrounded by puppets of Scarface and Batman), and #847 (Batman and Hush doing battle, tearing though a picture of the two of them as children). Fantastic!

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!

      • “Looking at #200 though, something about it just gripped me immediately.” Maybe your sixth sense tingled as well, because DD # 200 one of the best Daredevil issues ever. Also, you’re right: Daredevil and Bullseye do battle in the same ring that Matt’s father fought in. It’s an incredibly moving story.
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!” Thank you as well for your reply and, most of all, for taking the time to read what I wrote about Monuments Men. It’s been thoroughly appreciated. : )

        • “Daredevil and Bullseye do battle in the same ring that Matt’s father fought in. It’s an incredibly moving story.”
          Such an awesome idea. That detail just puts this issue over the top for me and compels me to track it down and read it for myself.

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