Retroactive: Teen Titans 1968 & Ultimate Spider-Man 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 Teen Titans 1967 and Ultimate Spider-Man 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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Teen Titans 1968
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12 thoughts on “Retroactive: Teen Titans 1968 & Ultimate Spider-Man 2002

  1. Once again the Teen Titans cover artist gave us an incredibly powerful image. The cover I’m alluding to is Teen Titans # 18.
    First of all, as the tagline underlines, the villain appears on the scene in a very eye – catching way. This entry is so spectacular that it deserves the gold medal alone.
    Secondly, the image gives us the illusion that the pieces of glass all around him are about to fall on us, and it takes tons of talent to create this effect.
    Thirdly, I love the bright idea of showing the reactions of the Teen Titans by reflecting their faces upon the pieces of glass. It’s details like this one that make the difference between a simply good cover and a real work of art.
    As for Spidey, I pick USM Super Special # 1.
    First of all, the artist surely spent a lot of time to draw the background: the efforts he clearly made to give us this cover deserve the gold medal alone.
    Secondly, I love the fact that only a very careful observer can understand which villain Peter has to face in this issue. At first you may think he’s all alone on that cover (apart from the green faces under the web), but, if you give the image a closer look, you realize that a tentacle clearly belonging to Doc Ock peeps right upon the title. Very subtle indeed.
    Thirdly, the colouring is another huge plus of this cover. As I mentioned, the characters in the background have been coloured with green, and this definitely is an eye – catching and question – raising artistic choice. I also love the various tones of blue used for Peter’s legs.

    • “Once again the Teen Titans cover artist gave us an incredibly powerful image. The cover I’m alluding to is Teen Titans # 15.”
      I had a good feeling it was either going to be #15 or #18 for you. For me, this was the hardest year yet for the Titans. I was a big fan of #13 (a terrific Christmas cover), #15 (for the reasons you expertly provided), #16 (for that shot of the villain emerging from the book to grab Wonder Girl, and #18’s action-packed masterpiece complete with tantalizing descriptive text. My Rankings would be 2nd (your choice #15), 3rd (#18), 4th (#16), and 5th (#13).

      “As for Spidey, I pick USM Super Special # 1.”
      While Paul Bowler’s top pick gets my runner-up award, your choice earns third place for me.

      ” Thirdly, the colouring is another huge plus of this cover. As I mentioned, the characters in the background have been coloured with green, and this definitely is an eye – catching and question – raising artistic choice.”
      Yeah. Spidey and the colour green never really get along. Think of all the villains he faces that have green as a big part of their costume/look: Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Vulture, Electro, Scorpion, Mysterio, the Jackal, and the Sandman.

      Thanks for providing your picks and for the excellent analysis! 🙂

  2. Teen Titans #14 is a very interesting cover. With Robin standing before gravestones, head bowed, with the words quit Robin quit, quit hovering amongst the spectral figures of his teammates floating in the background. I like covers that set up a mystery and makes you want to read the issue to find out what’s happened.

    Ultimate Spiderman #20 is nice, with Spiderman perched on the torch of the statue of Liberty, lightening crackling in the sky behind him. A great cover!

    • “I like covers that set up a mystery and makes you want to read the issue to find out what’s happened.”
      As do I. On a side note, this is the cover I was talking about that 50 years later paid tribute to the original:

      “Ultimate Spiderman #20 is nice, with Spiderman perched on the torch of the statue of Liberty, lightening crackling in the sky behind him. A great cover!”
      A solid choice for a cover that earns my runner-up award. A rather ominous cover that foreshadows that things are about to get pretty serious in the life of Spider-Man.

      Thanks for sharing your selections!

      • Wow, that cover of Teen Titans really is tribute to the original cover, nice one! That Ultimate Spiderman cover really jumped out at me, I like the darker tone it represented as well.

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