Retroactive: Green Arrow 1996 & The Punisher 1995

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 1995 and The Punisher 1994. 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 1996 & The Punisher 1995

  1. Great issues to choose from here, really like Green Arrow Vol II #110 as it mirrors the Green Lantern & Green Arrow style of covers, when Hall and Ollie were teamed up in the same comic, loved those books! I’m in agreement with you for the Punisher, Bullseye is a great Daredevil villain and I really like how he is depicted on this cover as well. Great instalment of Retroactive!

    • A terrific choice for your Green Arrow selection. The white background really helps make the central image stand out and I’m in agreement with you in regards to my fondness of having this cover pay homage to the Green Lantern/Green Arrow covers past. As for Punisher: you, wwayne, and I were all in agreement. That is a rare occurrence and speaks to the greatness of this cover.

      Thanks for sharing your selections!

  2. I completely agree with the Punisher cover you and Paul Bowler chose, for all the reasons you listed. I chose it also because, as you know, I love when a supporting character of a series appears into another comic book – especially if this supporting character is as interesting as Bullseye is. Too bad that Mark Waid made him become a blind paralysed man.
    3 fans out of 3 choose the same cover from a group of 12: that speaks volumes about how great this cover is.
    Special mention for The Punisher # 98, mainly because the cover artist drew the clothes of the 2 characters very meticulously. I also love the various tones of blue and black used to colour them, and the contrast between these colours and the purple/red blackground.
    As for Connor, I really like Green Arrow # 109. Connor’s body partially swathed in shadows, the amazing light effects used for the sculptures under his feet, the wonderful atmosphere created by the fog coming from the chimneys… the icing on the cake is the blue moon behind Connor: you say “It happens once in a blue moon” when you want to convey the message that something is not going to happen, so that blue moon may be a delightfully subtle way to suggest that something incredible will take place in that issue.
    Special mention for Green Arrow # 108. A woman is about to die, and she desperately clings to the jacket of a man dangerously standing on the edge of the precipice: the situation depicted in this cover is so tense, eye – catching and question – raising that it makes you put your hand in your pocked hoping to find the money needed to buy the issue – and if this doesn’t make a cover great, I don’t know what will.
    I also love the pouring rain, the detailed background, the dynamic poses of the characters, the enticing tagline “Metropolis Confidential”… this cover got really close to the gold medal, and it would have won the first prize with ease in any other year.

    • “I completely agree with the Punisher cover you and Paul Bowler chose, for all the reasons you listed.”
      I had a feeling that it had the right combination of elements to win your first place crown. A cover that unites three men from different countries with its awesomeness.

      “Special mention for The Punisher # 98, mainly because the cover artist drew the clothes of the 2 characters very meticulously.”
      My runner-up award would have to go to #101. I love that image of the masked Punisher standing in the graveyard, gun raised. The use of colouring is simply fantastic as well.

      “The icing on the cake is the blue moon behind Connor: you say “It happens once in a blue moon” when you want to convey the message that something is not going to happen, so that blue moon may be a delightfully subtle way to suggest that something incredible will take place in that issue.”
      That is some stellar insight wwayne. Its observations like this one that made me miss Retroactive. Good thing it has returned! 🙂

      “Special mention for Green Arrow # 108.”
      This was my personal runner-up with #109 just behind. It’s a Green Arrow cover that doesn’t appear to be a Green Arrow cover and one that truly makes me wonder who these two characters are and how they have found themselves in this dire predicament.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices and your detailed comments. Much appreciated!

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