Retroactive: Green Arrow 1990 & The Punisher 1989

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 1989 and The Punisher 1988. 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: Green Arrow 1990 & The Punisher 1989

  1. I’m with you on Green Arrow vol 2 #32 what a brilliant cover, with GA battered and beaten like that and Black Canary armed to the teeth, ready to defend him. As for the Punisher, I really like the cover of Punisher vol 2 Annual #2 which also features Moon Knight. I don’t know the story in this issue, but sure it will be good. I’m a big fan of Moon Knight, I’ve always liked the character, so nice to see him feature on a cover in retroactive along with the Punisher.

    • “I’m a big fan of Moon Knight, I’ve always liked the character, so nice to see him feature on a cover in retroactive along with the Punisher.”
      You must be excited for the All-New Marvel NOW launch of the Moon Knight series then. I’m defiantly going to give it a try. Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey? How can you go wrong?

      Thanks for sharing your choices! Much appreciated.

  2. I really like Green Arrow # 29.
    First of all, it shows an incredibly beautiful landscape: a flaming sky, a lake, rocky mountains, some evergreen trees… this is the ideal place to go when you decide to take a day off, so the cover artist created a really eye – pleasing image.
    And then you give the cover a second look, and you notice that Green Arrow is hiding behind a mountain, probably waiting in ambush for his enemy. You look all around Oliver in order to find the villain he’s waiting for, and all you can see is a giant ship. That ship is too far to be reached by the arrow Oliver is taking out from his quiver, so his target must be much closer… but where is this mysterious villain? He’s not shown! And I really appreciate that, because this way the reader feels compelled to open the book up for answers, and this is a purpose a cover should always achieve.
    Also, notice that a wolf is walking on the edge of the precipice near Oliver’s head: are the ship and the wolf merely ornamental, or will they play a role in the upcoming fight between Oliver and his villain?
    As for Frank, you know how much I love gunfights in superhero comics, so I pick Punisher # 26. Special mention for issue # 16, because I love the contrast between light and shadow on the Kingpin’s face.

    • “I really like Green Arrow # 29.”
      And I really love your analysis! You brought up a lot of interesting points that didn’t occur to me and I always look forward to reading your choices. For me, I’d have to give the silver medal to #38 though. First there is the terrific title: The Black Arrow Saga. Then there’s the dead body with a green arrow stuck in his back. Did Oliver kill him? There is certainly someone wearing a costume similar to his, walking away from the scene. Finally there is the paper: Police Hunt Renegade Bowman. Has Oliver ditched his green duds for some black ones? Very interesting indeed!

      “As for Frank, you know how much I love gunfights in superhero comics, so I pick Punisher # 26.”
      And there is certainly no shortage of that very element on a Punisher cover! 🙂

      “Special mention for issue # 16, because I love the contrast between light and shadow on the Kingpin’s face.”
      I agree! This cover was my personal runner-up as well.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!

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