Retroactive: Green Arrow 2003 & The Punisher 2002

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 2002 and The Punisher 2001. 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 2003 & The Punisher 2002

  1. I really like Punisher # 10.
    Frank is about to strangle a man. You expect him to show a raging face and the potential victim to be frightened, but the cover artist decided to follow a less predictable path: the Punisher is perfectly calm, and the potential victim seems to be annoyed instead of being terrified. Both of them show a facial expression that definitely contrast with the situation they’re in, and this creates a bewildering effect that really catches your attention.
    Also, notice that Frank is lit up from the left, and the villain is lit up from the right: the presence of various sources of light is another unusual detail that really pleased my eye.
    I also love how meticulously Bradstreet drew Frank’s wrinkles and acne scars. The faces he draws are always so detailed and perfectly defined. You can see it not only from this cover, but also from some other ones he drew later, like Punisher Vol. 6 # 26 or Punisher Vol. 6 # 51.
    As for Oliver, I pick Green Arrow # 28. As you know, a cover showing a kiss has a big chance to get a medal in my personal ranking. In this case it’s an interracial kiss, and this makes me appreciate this image even more, because I hate racism.
    I also love the passion both the characters convey. They’re so passionate about each other that they’re ripping each other’s clothes off. The cover artist managed to create a very sexy and erotic picture without lapsing into vulgarity, and it takes tons ot talent and sensitivity to do that.
    Special mention for Green Arrow # 20, because the lighting is simply awesome.

    • “The Punisher is perfectly calm, and the potential victim seems to be annoyed instead of being terrified. Both of them show a facial expression that definitely contrast with the situation they’re in, and this creates a bewildering effect that really catches your attention.”
      Spot on observation. As you mentioned, these Bradstreet covers are brilliant and have caused me fits in my selection process due to there being so many quality choices. Your cover just misses my Top 3 which consists of #16 in second and #15 in third. I love #16’s three panels that form the overall image with the Punisher peering around the corner at the bottom, an army of suited figures at the top, and our very special guest star unsheathing his claws in the centre. Wolverine and the Punisher in the same comic? This should be bloody good fun. #15 on the other hand is a striking image as we have the Punisher handcuffed to an unknown figure, a single drop of blood cascading from his finger, and the beautiful backdrop of the Punisher’s iconic logo framing the entire scene.

      “The cover artist managed to create a very sexy and erotic picture without lapsing into vulgarity, and it takes tons of talent and sensitivity to do that.”
      So true. It is an image of utter passion that is rarely seen on a comic book cover and for that reason alone it grabs your attention. Also, since she is a relatively new character, it also makes those who haven’t been following this series for the last two issues question who this woman is and why she would elicit such a response from Oliver. Once again it just misses out on making my Top 3 as I award second place to #29 and third place to #31. #29 is a stellar cover that at first makes us believe that Oliver has tossed his costume away as if to say I quit but when you notice that the arrows are strategically placed right through the gloves you wonder about the hidden subtext on display. #31 on the other hand showcases a man who we instantly can deduce is a villain, hence the barrage of green arrows shot his way, but a man who is highly skilled as not only is he dodging the onslaught but he is actually catching multiple arrows in his hands in midair. Oliver is surely in for the fight of his life with this one.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!

      • “Your cover just misses my Top 3 which consists of #16 in second and #15 in third.” My runner – up is Punisher # 17. I love the contrast between Frank being lit up as much as possible and Logan being ominously swathed in shadows.
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your choices!” Thank you as well for your replies! : )

  2. Wow, so great covers to pick from here, you’ve all chosen some great examples. For me, Green Arrow Vol 3 #19 stood out for me. Its a very simple, yet bold cover, with a single arrow zooming in on Green Lanterns power ring.

    Punisher vol 5 #16 is another great cover in this series. This time it more like an actual page of the comic, with the cover seemingly divided into panels, with Wolverine in one area and Punisher in the other. You get a sense of anticipation, almost as if you are moving through the story before you even begin to turn the pages.

    A great retroactive, especially with so many excellent covers, we’ve been spoilt for choice 😀

    • “For me, Green Arrow Vol 3 #19 stood out for me. Its a very simple, yet bold cover, with a single arrow zooming in on Green Lanterns power ring.”
      A terrific choice. It is not only eye-catching but thought provoking as well. Why would Green Arrow fire a shot at his supposed best friend’s ring? Very interesting indeed!

      “Punisher vol 5 #16 is another great cover in this series. This time it more like an actual page of the comic, with the cover seemingly divided into panels, with Wolverine in one area and Punisher in the other.”
      This cover, as I mentioned to wwayne, is my runner up for the week. I very nearly selected it as my first overall.

      Thanks for sharing your selections. 🙂

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