Retroactive: Detective Comics 2011 & Daredevil 1986

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 2010 and Daredevil 1985. 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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10 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2011 & Daredevil 1986

    • “It brings back fond memories.”
      Besides allowing us to gaze at gorgeous art, another aspect of Retroactive is do just that, bringing back some fond memories. Thanks for taking the time to comment and sharing your experience.

  1. I really like Daredevil # 227.
    First of all, you can see the giant face of the Kingpin impending over the city: it’s a very effective way to convey the message that he has New York (or at least New York’s criminal affairs) in his hands. There are very few artists who are so talented that they can give an accurate picture of a character with a few details: David Mazzucchelli is one of them, because he managed to make us understand how huge Kingpin’s power is with a single image.
    And then you look under him, and you notice a wonderfully drawn portrait of New York by night. This background is so beautiful that it worths the gold medal alone.
    In the middle of the cover you can see our hero, and there’s a foresight pointed on him: it’s a delightfully subtle way to say that Kingpin is aiming at him. Also, notice that there are two other foresights near to our hero: it means that Kingpin has many cards to play, so, even if Matt manages to avoid one of his traps, New York’s criminal mastermind has already concocted a lot of other evil plans to defeat him.
    As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is Detective Comics Annual # 12. You know that I usually don’t give the gold medal to a cover if it doesn’t give us a single clue about the content of the issue, but the aesthetic value of this image is so huge that I really can’t prevent myself from giving it the first prize.
    P.S.: This is what I call a 5 stars cosplay: http://caffeinecrew.com/2014/03/08/awesome-cosplay-of-the-day-3814/.

    • “Also, notice that there are two other foresights near to our hero: it means that Kingpin has many cards to play, so, even if Matt manages to avoid one of his traps, New York’s criminal mastermind has already concocted a lot of other evil plans to defeat him.”
      Nice analysis wwayne. I especially love this line of yours. I agree that this cover is excellent and that is why it is my personal runner-up.

      “As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is Detective Comics Annual # 12.”
      There were so many great covers this year. I was especially fond of #875 and #879 (fantastic imagery and colouring choices on both) and #880’s epic masterpiece. If I had to award a silver medal it would go to #880 for sure. Creative and creepy at the same time.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections. Also, that cosplayer did a wonderful job and it is worth all the praise.

  2. There were lots of great Detective Comics covers in the Scott Snyder run, but my favourite has to be #880. I love the use of the bats to make the Jokers face. I also find the gas mask on cover #872 really interesting and different. This is an excellent storyline too and definitely worth picking up.

    • #880 is my personal runner-up. Such an amazing idea that equates to one truly creepy and epic cover. Speaking of great stories, those James Gordon Jr. tales were quite memorable indeed. Thanks for commenting and sharing your choices. Much appreciated!

  3. Like you, I thought Detective Comics #872 was brilliant, with Batman emerging from the shadows like that, and the bat swirling around in his wake. I really like the use of color here as well, its very haunting, and gives the Dark Knight an almost supernatural presence. For Daredevil I nearly chose the same as you, but in the end I settled on DD #231 with Matt Murdock fighting Daredevil. With Matt at his lowest point during this story, this is a very dark and disturbing cover, as Matt battles with his costumed self.

    • “For Daredevil I nearly chose the same as you, but in the end I settled on DD #231 with Matt Murdock fighting Daredevil. With Matt at his lowest point during this story, this is a very dark and disturbing cover, as Matt battles with his costumed self.”
      On first glance I didn’t realize this was Matt. Thanks for opening up my eyes…and for sharing your choices. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! 🙂

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