Comic Book Questions Answered - How Were Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen Received When They Were First Released?

Comic Book Questions Answered - where I answer whatever questions you folks might have about comic books (feel free to e-mail questions to me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com). Here is a link to an archive of all the past questions that have been answered so far.

Reader Scott wrote in with a question that I thought it would be nice to answer, so enjoy!

Scott asks:

While "The Dark Knight Returns" is hailed today as a turning point in comics, along with Watchmen, what exactly was the critical response to it at the time of it's release. I've looked around a little, but what I've seen is mostly "Looking Back" type reviews.

I know that there weren't any blogs in '86, but there were still magazines and fanzines. Was it always loved? What were the criticisms 22 years ago?

Both series were great successes (commercially and critically) right off the bat.

"Instant classics," if you would.

Watchmen perhaps a bit more than Dark Knight.

If anyone else has any questions they'd like to see answered, feel free to drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

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