Retroactive: TMNT 1985 & Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1995/1996

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In this Retroactive edition I’ll take you on a visual comic cover tour of the past covering all the covers for a particular franchise with each entry covering an entire year of all the major related titles. At the end of each edition of Retroactive I’ll select my overall favourite cover for that year for each franchise. Last time on Retroactive we covered TMNT 1984 and Hellboy & the B.P.R.D. 1993/1994. If you need a refresher, just click HERE. Below you’ll find the two franchises that I’m currently covering. Click on that specific logo to be instantly taken directly to that franchise. 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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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1985
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Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1995/1996
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6 thoughts on “Retroactive: TMNT 1985 & Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1995/1996

  1. I really like TMNT # 5.
    First of all, it shows a very heated fight scene. Raging faces, gnashing teeth, bullets flying all over… this image has many typical details of the action packed covers I appreciate so much, so I instantly fell in love with it.
    Secondly, I love the fact that, while many other customers look terrified and are hiding themselves wherever it’s possible, the alien at the centre of the cover, on the contrary, is perfectly calm, and raises his finger to order another drink as if nothing happened.
    Thirdly, the colouring is very particular. It seems that the colourist used coloured pencils for this image: probably he used a finer technique, but the optic effect is very similar, and this detail instantly caught my eye.
    As for Hellboy, I completely agree with the cover you chose. Special mention for Hellboy: Wake the Devil # 2, because the light emanated by those candles creates a wonderful atmosphere.

    • “I really like TMNT # 5.”
      Originally I had this slotted in 4th Place but after reading your analysis I’ve decided to upgrade it to 3rd. Catching that detail with the alien was very nice and the concept of the Turtles using classic weaponry against ray guns is bizarre yet fantastic. For me, my runner-up goes to TMNT #3. I love the extreme detail, the gritty feel, how the Turtles are not the focal point, and the cool blue aesthetic.

      “Special mention for Hellboy: Wake the Devil # 2, because the light emanated by those candles creates a wonderful atmosphere.”
      We are in agreement with our winner and we are in agreement with our runner-up.

      Thanks, as always, for sharing your selections!

  2. Great wrap around cover for TMHT #4 a realy fun and action packed image! Hellboy Wake The Devil #5 is fabulous, what a cover! A classic Hellboy storyline, like how the horns are now fully grown on his head, and the gnarled horrors are swirling up from the darkness around him. Brilliant!

    • “Great wrap around cover for TMHT #4 a really fun and action packed image!”
      All these double-page covers are awesome yet also rather rare to find high quality images of.

      “Hellboy Wake The Devil #5 is fabulous, what a cover!”
      Anytime Helllboy has full-on horns means ill things indeed. This cover, showcasing our hero like that truly gets us interested and makes us wonder if he’ll succumb to his fate.

      Thanks for providing your picks! It is much appreciated. 🙂

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