Retroactive: The Flash 1977 & Uncanny X-Men 1985

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 The Flash 1976 and Uncanny X-Men 1984. 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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5 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1977 & Uncanny X-Men 1985

  1. I really like UXM Annual # 9. The first thing that drove me mad about this cover is the gorgeous building upon which the X – Men are standing. This building is very sumptuous, meticulously drawn and wonderfully coloured: it is so beautiful that it worths the gold medal alone.
    Upon this marvel of architecture you can see a unicorn… oh, wait: what is a unicorn doing in a X – Men comic book? The question – raising presence of this animal gives the cover a very nice fairytale vibe, and is another detail that worths the gold medal alone.
    I also love the purple sky (it perfectly matches up with the colours used for the building), the tagline (Storm Goddess of Thunder: so powerful!), the dynamic poses of the X – Men… yes, this cover definitely deserves the first prize.
    As for Flash, I pick issue # 256. Eyes wide open, face bathed in sweat, hands sliding down the cheeks… everything in this close – up of Flash’s face is very eye – catching and helps building a dramatic atmosphere in a very effective way, so this cover wins the gold medal with ease in my personal ranking.

    • “I really like UXM Annual # 9.”
      A great Retroactive review by wwayne yet again. I agree that the tagline is superb and the concept as a whole is whimsical in its execution. My runner- up would be another Storm-centric cover (UXM 198). My favourite part of the cover is actually the meticulously drawn and downright beautiful background.

      “As for Flash, I pick issue # 256.”
      And here is my runner-up for Flash. Not only is the image fantastic but the enticing captions are as well. The Flash is mentally a prisoner in his own past? Battling a dead foe? Being driven out of his mind? What is going on?

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!

  2. Really like Flash #252 where his leg is stretching after the Elongated Man grabs his boot. It makes you wonder what has happened to Flash and his powers to do this, its quite funny as well, but also serious as its stopping Flash in his tracks. The Flash always had such great covers, something different and unusual.

    This time I pick Uncanny X-Men #199 for my X-Men choice with Rachael as Phoneix on the cover. I really liked the character of Rachael, always thought the way they did the Phoenix effect for her and her costume was really good and this eye catching cover is brilliant.

    Great instalment of Retroactive, have a brilliant weekend!

    • “The Flash always had such great covers, something different and unusual.”
      They sure did run the gauntlet of ideas! 🙂

      “I really liked the character of Rachael, always thought the way they did the Phoenix effect for her and her costume was really good and this eye catching cover is brilliant.”
      I’ve become a fan of the character in the recent years. I’m always holding out hope that they can come up with a creative way to include her in the live-action movie franchise.

      “Great instalment of Retroactive, have a brilliant weekend!”
      Thanks and I hope your weekend is going awesome as well!

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