Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 1989 & Daredevil 1988

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 2012 and Daredevil 1987. 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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Legends of the Dark Knight 1989legendsofthedarkknight___________________________________________________

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7 thoughts on “Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 1989 & Daredevil 1988

  1. I really like Daredevil # 251.
    First of all, the open dump in which the image is really similar to a post – apocalyptic landscape: I grew watching Fist of the North Star on the tv, so the setting of this cover brought me back a lot of fond memories.
    The post – apocalyptic vibe is strengthened by the tagline: “Save the planet.” Such a hard task usually falls under the competence of the Fantastic Four: Daredevil is just a much less powerful superhero who barely manages to control Hell’s Kitchen, so how could he save the world? This tagline is so question – raising and enticing that it would make you buy the issue alone.
    A third detail that won me over is the way the villain’s body emerges from the black fog surrounding him. The lower part of his face isn’t visible, and this gives him a very threatening and ominous look.
    The icing on the cake is the notice “Danger!” behind Matt. It symbolizes not only the danger Daredevil is running by breathing the toxic air of that dump, but also the danger he’s running by keeping still while a gigantic evil man is getting closer and closer to him. Very subtle indeed.
    As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is Legends of the Dark Knight # 2, because I love how Batman’s face partially emerges from the broken tribal mask standing in front of us.

    • “I grew watching Fist of the North Star on the tv, so the setting of this cover brought me back a lot of fond memories.”
      Fist of the North Star? Never heard of this series before. Live action? Animated? What is it about?

      “A third detail that won me over is the way the villain’s body emerges from the black fog surrounding him. The lower part of his face isn’t visible, and this gives him a very threatening and ominous look.”
      This shot combined with the excellent background and the completely dejected and depressed Daredevil make this a great selection. My runner-up would be #260 though. Daredevil is lying on the ground, Typhoid Mary standing on top of him, ready to deliver the killing blow. Add that to the ominous caption “The final triumph of Typhoid Mary” and you hit a home run with this one.

      “As for Bruce, my favorite Bat – cover is Legends of the Dark Knight # 2, because I love how Batman’s face partially emerges from the broken tribal mask standing in front of us.”
      We only had three to pick from and still we differ. 🙂

      Thanks, as always, for providing your choices along with excellent analysis.

  2. Brilliant! We picked the same covers again! I always enjoyed Legends of the Dark Knight and I thought this alternative cover to issue #1 was brilliant. Such a great way to start this look back at such a brilliant series. Daredevil #255 is another really good cover, with DD locked in a deadly embrace with Typhoid Mary, a really great moment with her blade poised to strike like that. Great new instalment of Retroactive!

    • Two in a row! Looking at the other issues of LOTDK, I love that motif how each cover gives way to the next. This one we start with the tribal mask giving way to the Batman mask in Issue #2. The next issue has Batman’s cowl give way to another new image and on and on. Very creative indeed.

      Glad you like the new installment and thanks a lot for sharing your choices.

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