Retroactive: Teen Titans 1970 & Ultimate Spider-Man 2004

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My Favourite Covers

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Okay, so our journey through the past is complete for this week but which covers reign supreme?

For Teen Titans, the crown goes to: Teen Titans #25.
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The Teen Titans stand at the centre of the cover, their heads hung low, a lonely spotlight cutting through the darkness and placing all the focus on them. Surrounding the team are various heroes from the Justice League, mighty crossed and with stern looks on their faces. The Flash begins the diatribe directed at our young heroes by saying “The most important man in the world…” and Superman finishes the sentence while pointing accusatory at the Titans “…and you killed him!” Sure enough located at the bottom of the cover is an unknown individual lying on the ground, a sheet draped over him only revealing the bottom of his legs and shoes. Who is this man? Did the Titans really kill him? If their reaction is any indication it sure sees that way. It is because of these tantalizing questions combined with an awesome visual that includes the Justice League emerging from the shadows to great effect that ensures this covers stands out from the pack as the best.


 For Ultimate Spider-Man, the title goes to: Ultimate Spider-Man #58.
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This right here is a downright chilling cover. Here we have our hero at the mercy of Doctor Octopus, hanging unconscious in midair. The scene is very reminiscent of a marionette puppet but instead of strings we get the sinister tentacles of Otto holding Spider-Man aloft. Doc Ock’s victory is a foregone conclusion, he is merely playing with Spider-Man, ready to land the killing blow at a moment’s notice. This scene playing out makes us worry for our hero’s safety as we wonder how on Earth he will be able to free himself from the vile villain’s clutches. The background just accentuates the overall scene, a perfect display of darkness mixed with a sickly, pale yellow that gives an uneasy glow to the image. All in all, it adds up to a haunting image that compels us to buy the issue to see how Spidey will triumph…if he will triumph that is.

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So that’s it for this week. Agree/Disagree? Which covers are your personal favourites from this week? Comment below!

7 thoughts on “Retroactive: Teen Titans 1970 & Ultimate Spider-Man 2004

  1. I really like USM # 51.
    First of all, the villain is in the foreground and the leading character is in the background: as you know, I love this unusual pattern.
    Secondly, the cover artist perfectly caught the essence of the character. What makes Black Cat so intriguing is her sultry attitude, and this image makes you understand that in a very effective way: not only because of her revealing outfit, but also because of the way she bends her back and waves her hair. If the cover artist had put a come – hither look on her, we would have gotten a perfect femme fatale.
    Thirdly, I love the way light and shadow are combined on Peter’s body.
    Special mention for USM # 52: Black Cat + Elektra? I’m definitely sold! : )
    Bronze medal for USM # 66, because it conveys a lot of energy and it also has a jaw – dropping colouring.
    Of course I didn’t consider the covers starring Carnage, because I love this character so much that I really can’t give an unbiased opinion on a cover starring him.
    The other gold medal goes to Teen Titans # 29. The main reason why I give this cover the 1st prize is Hawk & Dove’s presence (they used to appear on this title quite frequently, now that I think about it), but I also love the thought bubble: “Who do I save? My brother… or myself?” Very enticing indeed.

    • “Special mention for USM # 52: Black Cat + Elektra”
      I love the body language of Spider-Man as if he is saying “oh what have I gotten myself into?” This cover earns third place for me with USM #63 coming in 2nd. I love the ominous image of Spidey grabbing an unseen figure’s hand, his grief being palpable. Who has perished? It is a looming mystery that captures our collective imaginations. Fourth goes to USM #51 for the very reasons you so expertly listed with 5th going to #61’s Carnage death grip on our hero.

      “Of course I didn’t consider the covers starring Carnage, because I love this character so much that I really can’t give an unbiased opinion on a cover starring him.”
      Being a fan of Carnage, which cover of this year do you think was the best of his?

      “The other gold medal goes to Teen Titans # 29.”
      A great cover that just misses my podium. 2nd Place goes to #26’s shocking cover as the Titans give up their costumed identities to join a mysterious (and probably evil) character. 3rd goes to Paul Bowler’s pick.

      Thanks, as always for providing your choices and sharing your insight. 🙂

      • “Being a fan of Carnage, which cover of this year do you think was the best of his?” USM # 62, because the ominously dark background make him stand out in a very eye – catching way.
        “Thanks, as always for providing your choices and sharing your insight.” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )

  2. Teen Titans #28 is a very dramatic cover, with Aqualad punching Robin. I wonder what’s caused him to fall out with the Titan’s like this? Makes you want to read the issue and find out. I agree with your choice for Ultimate Spiderman #58, with Spidey captured by Doc Ock, a very dark and foreboding cover indeed!

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