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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 3

It occurs to me that it seems like many comic book covers are homages. Which is fine with me. I have no problem with it. It just made me think, though, how long could I go before I hit a week where NO new comic book was released that had a cover that was an homage to something (if I get that far, I’ll discount the “skip week” Diamond Comics will be having between Christmas and New Years this year)? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far!

Oops, I forgot to do this last Wednesday. Luckily I remembered before the week was up!

Anyhow, this week, we’ll go with Ed McGuinness’ variant cover for Red She Hulk #58, homaging John Byrne’s cover for Sensational She-Hulk #1

Three weeks down! Will we make it to week four?

16 Comments

Is there anything other than the cover to persuade me to buy this book? Am I better off just reading the book that the cover homages?

Oh, you’re definitely, definitely better off reading the older comic that this cover homages.

Of course the Byrne was an homage to the famous National Lampoon cover…

http://peterdarling.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/09/24/buy_this_magazine.jpg

This Red She-Hulk cover is pretty amusing. I bet Marvel wishes they could sick (sic?) She-Hulk on all the people who illegally download Marvel Comics.

Mike Blake, even though that magazine cover is clearly a joke I suspect that it might cause a controversy if it were released today.

Parker has been writing some pretty consistently entertaining stories with this Hulk title. I would imagine that would continue with the switch in main characters.

I’ve read a batch of Hulk stuff from the library, but it’s been out of order and such. It’s decent but not great, plus I just detest the CONCEPT of Red She Hulk. Considering that, though, they’re ok comics.

Couldn’t agree with Travis more. Detest the concept of Red She-Hulk, Rulk, A-bomb, Skaar– the lot of them. Watering down the original. But have read a fair share of books featuring them. DAMN YOU McGUINNESS!!!

The cover Mike Blake links to is more specifically parodied here: http://www.comics.org/issue/49087/cover/4/

Actually, Red-She-Hulk is not suggesting you buy the book she appears in, she holds the book with Byrne cover so obviously she wants you to buy that one. Which you should.

I don’t see how getting your pirated comics deleted is a problem, they are just as easy to get back again

@ Travis Pelkie: “I’ve read a batch of Hulk stuff from the library, but it’s been out of order and such. It’s decent but not great, plus I just detest the CONCEPT of Red She Hulk. Considering that, though, they’re ok comics.”

@ azjohnson5: “Couldn’t agree with Travis more. Detest the concept of Red She-Hulk, Rulk, A-bomb, Skaar– the lot of them. Watering down the original. But have read a fair share of books featuring them. DAMN YOU McGUINNESS!!!”

I finished the first 2 Skaar collections, the massive Fall of the Hulks/ World War Hulks hardcovers containing the Greg Pak issues and more, and Incredible Hulks: Dark Son. I enjoyed the stories overall (although events in the Red Hulk book being referenced but not explained was annoying, and a lot of the WWHulks tie-ins were superfluous*), but don’t see the point of having 6 protagonists with (mostly) identical powers. It’s fun seeing the Hulks destroy stuff, but the parts I liked best were Banner trying to figure out how to be a father to Skaar. You don’t need 8 Hulks/ near-Hulks for that. I’ll probably get the last Greg Pak- written trades, as I like his Hulk overall, but I would just as soon see the Scarlet Witch say “No more Hulks” and be done with it.

I’ve liked the other Jeff Parker comics I’ve read, and I intended to use an Amazon gift card to get the first couple, but then Building Stories came out. Maybe around Christmas…

* Despite being unnecessary, World War Hulks: Hulked Out Heroes (featuring Hulkpool) was fun and WWH: Spider-Man/ Thor made me choke up a little.

Jeff Parker did what I never, ever thought would happen – he made me like Red Hulk. I’m expecting the same thing to happen with Red She Hulk. I’m not a fan of her, but I suspect Parker will win me over.

Has there been a study about who and where people pirate comics? I suppose it’s hard to get someone to admit to doing something illegal. I’m not asking to be snarky, I’m genuinely curious about how many people pirate and then how many of those people would buy if the pirate option wasn’t available. I guess it’s because I was just studying about market research.

@jjc: There is a series of interviews with ppl that do all the scanning and uploading of comics on iFanboy. Pretty interesting.

Ooh, Mike’s right, WWH:Hulked Out Heroes was good stuff.

And Jeremy is probably right, since he has done good with Red Hulk, he’ll probably do good with Red She Hulk. But that’s what the library is for.

I don’t care about your shit book anyway ms fake hulk.

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