Retroactive: The Flash 1988 & Uncanny X-Men 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 The Flash 1987 and Uncanny X-Men 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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6 thoughts on “Retroactive: The Flash 1988 & Uncanny X-Men 1995

  1. I really like Flash # 20.
    First of all, it’s set in a murky blind alley, and my eyes shine each time I see this setting.
    Secondly, the artistic choice of showing the Flash desperate, emaciated and sickly is so shocking and question – raising that it deserves the gold medal alone.
    Thirdly, I love the fact that an old cliché has been used in a completely new way. We’ve seen the “secret identity revealed” cliché on countless covers, but usually our hero is completely unaware that he’s compromising his secret identity. In this case, on the contrary, the Flash is aware that his costume is visible, but he’s so desperate that he doesn’t give a damn about it.
    Special mention for Flash # 16, because the use of shadows is mind – blowing.
    As for the X – Men, I love Joe Madureira’s style, so I really liked all these covers. My favorite one is UXM # 327, because it gives us something unusual: instead of the same old heated fight scene, here we get an image that conveys a deep sense of peace, with a nun being about to hold the hand of a character who is clearly devastated by sense of guilt (you can guess it not only from his pose, but also from the tagline “If sins be forgiven”). I also love how the lantern lights up the whole image, including the X – Men title.

    • “I really like Flash # 20.”
      This cover wins my 3rd Place award due to the very reasons you listed along with one more: the graffiti in the background. My favourite one is “Barbara loves Karl” which is a nod to the artist (Karl Kesel) and the editor of the book (Barbara Kesel) who were a real-life married couple.

      “Special mention for Flash # 16, because the use of shadows is mind – blowing.”
      And this cover nabs my runner-up award. The use of lighting and shadows is brilliant, the scene taking place is captivating, and it was the cover I referenced as the one that nearly took the first place crown for me.

      “My favorite one is UXM # 327, because it gives us something unusual: instead of the same old heated fight scene, here we get an image that conveys a deep sense of peace, with a nun being about to hold the hand of a character who is clearly devastated by sense of guilt (you can guess it not only from his pose, but also from the tagline “If sins be forgiven”).”
      Your analysis is spot on with this cover that is my personal runner-up. It is a powerful cover made all the more so by seeing the usually powerful and strong Magneto down on his knees, asking for forgiveness. Brilliant!

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections!

      • ” My favourite one is “Barbara loves Karl” which is a nod to the artist (Karl Kesel) and the editor of the book (Barbara Kesel) who were a real-life married couple.” Nice catch GothamRogue, that had passed me by! Now I’m even more convinced that this cover deserves the gold medal.
        By the way, Karl Kesel is an AWESOME writer. His run on Superboy is a masterpiece, and the Hawk & Dove miniseries he wrote is great as well. That miniseries has been reprinted 2 year ago (http://www.dccomics.com/graphic-novels/hawk-and-dove-ghosts-and-demons-new-edition): if your LCS still has a copy, do yourself a favor and buy it, because it’s very, very good.
        My 3rd place award goes to Flash # 18, because it’s a classic action packed cover.
        “Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )

        • “The Hawk & Dove miniseries he wrote is great as well.”
          Which coincidentally he actually co-wrote with his wife as well. Thanks for the suggestion though it may be hard for me to track down as I have never seen it at my LCS before. It does have my favourite iteration of the Dove character though!

  2. I really liked Flash Vol #2 #19 as its a really fun and different cover to all the others in this selection. It certainly looks like Flash is having a good time, clever how the cover features all the Rogues as well, what a celebration! Makes you want to dive into the issue and find out what’s happening.

    I also went for Uncanny X-Men #322 and its great cover! Who indeed could stop the Juggernaut?? Wow, the X-Men’s most unstoppable foe has been stopped in his tracks!! A great cover that once again poses a mystery that you want to discover.

    • “It certainly looks like Flash is having a good time, clever how the cover features all the Rogues as well, what a celebration!”
      This is most definitely a scene you won’t see on the upcoming Flash TV show though. 🙂

      “Wow, the X-Men’s most unstoppable foe has been stopped in his tracks!!”
      And it stops us in our tracks as well as we take in this surprising sight.

      Thanks for providing you choices. It is much appreciated.

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