Retroactive: Detective Comics 2014 & Amazing Spider-Man 2014


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. 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 fourth page to view them.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2014
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My Favourite Covers
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5 thoughts on “Retroactive: Detective Comics 2014 & Amazing Spider-Man 2014

  1. I really like Detective Comics # 25.
    As you know, I love when a supporting character upstages the leading one, and this is exactly what happened here: Batman is just a spot in the background, and this time it’s James Gordon who plays the leading role.
    Secondly, behind him you can see some Gotham’s cops: as you know, one of my favorite series ever (Gotham Central) was focused exactly on Gotham’s cops, so this cover instantly brought back a lot of fond memories to my mind.
    Thirdly, one again we got a Russian stacking doll. First we have Gordon, then we go back further and we see Gotham’s cops, then we go back even further and we see some gorgeously coloured skyscrapers… and then we raise our eyes upon then, and we see Batman surrounded by a multitude of bats and with a full moon right behind him. Each time I look at this cover, I find something that had passed me by until then (for example, why are Gotham’s cops pointing their guns towards Gordon?), and that’s when you know you have a marvellous cover in front of you.
    As for Spidey, I pick ASM # 700.2, because I love the slice – of – life detail of Aunt May coming back home with a delighted facial expression, as many of us do after a tiring day at work.
    Special mention for ASM # 8: a shredded costume, a fallen building, flames, a tagline foreshadowing Spider – Girl’s presence… all these awesome details led this cover very, very close to the 1st prize.
    Bronze medal ASM # 3, because it’s an extremely powerful image. I also love the 4th wall breaking artistic choice of making Felicia break the cover with her claws.

    • “I really like Detective Comics # 25.”
      This cover captures my Bronze Medal. Your write-up certainly did it justice. Overall, it was a very difficult year for Detective Comics as there were just so many great covers. My 2nd Place cover goes to another Manapul cover: #30. The use of transitions and colouring is fantastic. It also has that Russian stacking motif as well with a gang of bikers which go into a personification of death into a female biker to finally Batman himself. Just missing the Top 3 is #26’s chilling and creepy image.

      “As for Spidey, I pick ASM # 700.2, because I love the slice – of – life detail of Aunt May coming back home with a delighted facial expression, as many of us do after a tiring day at work.”
      For me, ASM #4 takes 2nd. I love how we take that classic scene of Peter being bit by the spider and put it in the background while in the foreground we have a mysterious woman that shockingly enough is shown as being bitten as well. Who is she? Where has she been all these years? And does she have Spider powers? 3rd goes to another Ross masterpiece ASM #1.2. Flash getting ready to slug Peter, the presence of Spidey ready to leap out but knowing better than to expose his secret identity.

      Thanks, as always for sharing your selections and providing your excellent analysis!

      • “My 2nd Place cover goes to another Manapul cover: #30.” This cover is my runner – up as well.
        “Thanks, as always for sharing your selections and providing your excellent analysis!” Thank you as well for your compliments and for your reply! : )

  2. Amazing Spiderman #3 with the Black Cat clawing and tearing her way though the cover and image of Spiderman is really wild, and Felicia is certainly out to get revenge on Spiderman. Detective Vol 2 #33 with the Dark Knight lurking on a rooftop is very good, I like the orange tones used on this cover, not sure why but it really makes this issue stand out from all the rest.

    • Amazing Spider-Man #3 just missed my Top 3 podium coming in fourth while it comes in 3rd for wwayne. It is the only cover to register on all three of our lists so we could say it is the overall winner?

      Thanks for providing your picks! 🙂

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