Retroactive: The Flash 1976 & Uncanny X-Men 1984

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My Favourite Covers

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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme? For Flash, the crown goes to: The Flash #241. The Flash is defeated, being dragged away in handcuffs by one of his iconic villains, the Mirror Master. Surrounding the two men are a mass of people and some policemen. Surely they will intervene on our hero’s behalf? Think again. The angry citizens are throwing trash at the unconscious Flash, saying such things as “down with the Flash” and “the dirty rat turned crooked!” With a look of glee on his face, the Mirror Master proudly proclaims “let’s hear it for your new hero–the Mirror Master!” as he drags his captive to the waiting arms of the police. The Flash is a villain? The Mirror Master is a good guy? How can this be? It’s almost as if…their roles were reversed, like your image in a mirror. Hmmm… For Uncanny X-Men, the title goes to: Uncanny X-Men #177. Talking about “I can’t believe my eyes” moments, this cover leaves us with one jaw dropping image. Here we have Wolverine, claws popped, standing over the body of Kitty Pryde who is clutching her stomach, a trickle of blood emerging from her mouth. Wolverine’s face is covered in shadows, adding to the drama while also causing us to be unable to read his emotions. Did he really just gut one of our favourite X-Men?  It appears that way as he isn’t lending a helping hand after all. What would cause him to perpetrate such a heinous act and betray his friend? As Kitty’s haunted look on her face pierces into our very souls, we are compelled to buy the issue and find out the answers for ourselves!
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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

6 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1976 & Uncanny X-Men 1984

  1. I really like UXM # 186.
    First of all, it’s not the same old “superhero vs villain” image: in this case we have Ororo sitting next to a man with an artificial leg, and both of them have a very calm facial expression.
    And then you look behind them, and you notice a gorgeous background, formed by various purple clouds and a flaming sky.
    There’s a third detail that won me over: the tagline “Lifedeath – A love story.” It makes me think that this time, instead of the same old “The X – Men save the day” story, we’ll get something totally different and unusual, that is to say an issue focused on Ororo’s private life.
    As for the Flash, I agree with the cover you chose. Special mention for issue # 243, because of the perspective leaning to the left.

    • “And then you look behind them, and you notice a gorgeous background, formed by various purple clouds and a flaming sky.”
      That use of colouring is fantastic and helps make a downright beautiful image.

      “There’s a third detail that won me over: the tagline “Lifedeath – A love story.” It makes me think that this time, instead of the same old “The X – Men save the day” story, we’ll get something totally different and unusual, that is to say an issue focused on Ororo’s private life.”
      Exactly, though the use of the term “lifedeath” has me truly puzzled. What could it mean? For me, my runner-up would be UXM Annual #8. Just something about this cover speaks to me.

      “Special mention for issue # 243, because of the perspective leaning to the left.”
      And special mention for #239. The Flash robbing the Rogues? Say what? 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections!

  2. So many fantastic covers to pick from! Well, I really liked The Flash ##242 with a mysterious woman just touching the ground and zapping the Flash and stopping him in his tracks. What a great cover and very mysterious as well. Uncanny X#Men #185 with Rogue having defeated Storm is another great cover, very dark and creepy as well.

    • “Well, I really liked The Flash ##242 with a mysterious woman just touching the ground and zapping the Flash and stopping him in his tracks.”
      Such a powerful foe and a great way to introduce her to the readers. Her effortless defeat of the Flash has me intrigued.

      “What a great cover and very mysterious as well. Uncanny X#Men #185 with Rogue having defeated Storm is another great cover, very dark and creepy as well.”
      I agree that Rogue has never look so scary!

      Thanks for sharing your choices.

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