Retroactive: Green Arrow 1994 & The Punisher 1993

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 1993 and The Punisher 1992. 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: Green Arrow 1994 & The Punisher 1993

  1. When I saw Green Arrow # 85, I instantly understood it would have won the gold medal. Giant guns, explosions, bullets flying all over, the leading character shooting compulsively with gnashing teeth… this image is a classic 90s cover and shows all the typical elements of action packed comics, so I give it the gold medal without the shadow of a doubt.
    Choosing the best Punisher cover was a much harder task. The first 3 covers you uploaded are all fantastic, and each of them would have won the gold medal with ease in any other year. After long consideration, I decided to pick Punisher # 74.
    First of all, Frank’s face is deeply shocking: his eyes and mouth are wide open, as if he were feeling an atrocious physical pain or seeing something that totally took him by surprise. Usually Frank’s face is completely impassive, so depicting him with such a shocked facial expression is a very unusual and eye – catching artistic choice.
    Secondly, I love the layers on this cover. First we have Frank, then we go back further and we notice a gunfight, and then we go back even further and see an explosion. The cover artist managed to fill a single image with 3 action packed scenes, and each of them conveys so much energy that it would make you buy the issue alone.
    Thirdly, the colouring is simply awesome. I love how black and yellow are combined on Frank’s costume, as I love how the purple used for the other characters matches up with the warm colours used for the background.
    Also, notice that even in this cover there are some typical elements of 90s comics: Frank’s body being very muscular and at least FOUR pouches all around his chest. Many readers can’t stand these excesses (in fact, 90s is considered the worst era ever for comics): as for me, I started reading comics when these excesses were a hit, so, each time I see them, my eyes shine. : )

    • “When I saw Green Arrow # 85, I instantly understood it would have won the gold medal.”
      This was my runner-up. The shock of seeing Deathstroke and Oliver teaming-up was great. The image of the two unloading their guns is fantastic. The looming questions of why Oliver is using a gun instead of arrows and why he has an eye-patch are just too good to pass up.

      “After long consideration, I decided to pick Punisher # 74.”
      Two for two! This was my runner-up for Punisher. I very nearly chose this one but I couldn’t bypass #75. You did a simply exceptional job with your write-up as well.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections and for your much appreciated detailed responses! 🙂

  2. I’m in complete agreement with you on both covers for this retroactive. Green Arrow vol 2 #90 is a very moving and powerful cover. It seems that tragedy has struck and Green Arrow has fallen to his knees in horror. I really like the cover of Punisher vol 2 #75 with Punisher shrouded in darkness holding a knife smeared with blood. Its dark and menacing, a really powerful cover that hints at terrible violence. Its also uncanny how both of these covers seem to run parallel to the other, almost reflecting their positive and negative aspects – one depicts the aftermath of a terrible event while the other is the brooding preparation for a violent act against someone.

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