Retroactive: Legends of the Dark Knight 1994 & Daredevil 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 Legends of the Dark Knight 1993 and Daredevil 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: Legends of the Dark Knight 1994 & Daredevil 1993

  1. I completely agree with the Daredevil cover you chose.
    Silver medal for issue # 316. First of all, there’s an interesting tagline: “Matt Murdock spends some time… underground!” It seems that this time Matt is going to fight crime without putting his costume on: this is something unusual, and I always look for something unusual when I read a comic book.
    Secondly, black and white are combined in a brilliant way.
    Thirdly, this cover raises a lot of interesting questions: why is the image in black and white? Why did Matt went to that dangerous zone without putting his costume on? How will he get out of there without compromising his secret identity?
    Bronze medal for Daredevil # 312, because I love the use of shadows on Matt’s costume, and I also really appreciate the fact that we’re seeing him from the point of view of the villain he’s about to attack.
    As you know, I’m not Scott McDaniel’s biggest fan, but I acknowledges his merits when he creates something good.
    As for Bruce, once again the Annual takes the first prize.
    First of all, it shows an alternative outfit of Batman, and this detail would catch your attention alone.
    Secondly, there are a lot of guns pointed on our hero: this cover foreshadows a big fat gunfight, and I couldn’t ask nothing better when I read a comic book.
    Thirdly, the most important reason why I give this cover the gold medal is the gun Batman is holding with his right hand. As you know, I love when a politically correct superhero decides to make an exception to the rule and to fight crime with a real weapon (instead of using only some ridiculous gadgets that would never be enough to save your life in a real gunfight), so I really appreciated that detail.
    I also love the contrast between the black of the costume and the bright yellow of the headlights, the dynamic pose of Batman, the innumerous pouches all around his chest, the brilliant reference to Orson Welles… as you can see, I listed SEVEN reasons why this image is a gold – medal – deserving cover, so I give it the first prize without the shadow of a doubt.

    • “I completely agree with the Daredevil cover you chose.”
      I knew we would see eye to eye on this one!

      “Silver medal for issue # 316.”
      I love your analysis for this cover but despite that it earns my bronze medal with the silver going to Paul Bowler’s #1 pick – Daredevil #319. It is simple yet effective, a cover that creates quite a visual impact with our tiny hero plummeting through the air in the prologue to an arc appropriately called “Fall From Grace.”

      “I listed SEVEN reasons why this image is a gold – medal – deserving cover, so I give it the first prize without the shadow of a doubt.”
      That Elseworlds cover is brilliant but for me my runner-up has to go to LOTDK #0. A giant moon, Batman’s cape flowing dramatically, a mysteriously creepy grin across his face, surrounded on either side by an armored Batman and a more demon-like Bat creature? Yes, it is too good to pass up and very nearly was my #1 selection.

      Thanks, as always, for providing your selections and your analysis. 🙂

  2. Great choices you’ve all made, what a great selection of covers to pick from in this retroactive!

    I think Legend of the Dark Knight #63 is excellent, the final part of Knightsend, it sees Batman battling Azral for the mantle of the Bat. What a showdown this was, a great action packed cover to round off this epic Bat-Event!

    Daredevil #319 stood out right away, the plain white cover, looking up at the building as we see the tiny form of DD leaping into the sky. Its simple, yet spectacular, love it!

    • “Daredevil #319 stood out right away, the plain white cover, looking up at the building as we see the tiny form of DD leaping into the sky. Its simple, yet spectacular, love it!”
      This cover was my runner-up. I agree with you that it is most certainly awesome.

      Thanks for sharing your choices. It is much appreciated! 🙂

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