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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 5

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!

This week, we’ll go with Chris Burnham’s cover for Batman Incorporated #5, which is homaging the classic Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson pin-up from Detective Comics #352 (it is such a famous image I wouldn’t normally feature it here, but I actually did a post on it a couple of years back, so you can see it here). Thanks to Chris Burnham for confirming that it was, indeed, an homage to the Infantino/Anderson piece!

Five weeks down! Will we make it to week six?


I say it counts. I have 32 years of comic book reading experience, if that gives any credence to my claims. Or to my clearwater revival. LOL

The chimney on the left seals it or me.

Oh yeah, there’s no question that this one’s an homage. It’s not aping everything about the original poses, but it’s clear what it’s referencing.

I was at the comic shop today for the first time in a month, and was looking for homage covers because of these posts. This was the one I picked, too.

I would have picked Spawn (http://comicbookrealm.com/series/5717/282705/image-spawn-issue-224) since it’s so much more obvious, but this one fits the bill too.

I was amused at the similarities between the covers of Journey Into Mystery and Secret Avengers this week, they looked like an homage of each other. I know that it’s not an uncommon cover trope, but I can’t think of where I’ve seen it before. (For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, it has the hero in the palm of the villain’s hand with the villain’s face towering over and dominating the image.)

Yeah, the chimney seems like the clincher. Speaking of homages, since someone mentioned CCR, this seems to also be the case in music, where almost every song nowadays is either a cover or sample some older song. But I digress, being a grumpy old man.

Oh yeah, Jeremy. When I see covers like that I think of the Claw (http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m4yt4kBhP01rnvulyo1_500.jpg), but as you say it’s a common trope.

I would have picked Spawn (http://comicbookrealm.com/series/5717/282705/image-spawn-issue-224) since it’s so much more obvious, but this one fits the bill too.

My theory is that the Spawn covers will be there for awhile, ya know? As McFarlane is doing a series of homage covers. So they are there whenever I need them. So I’d pefer to avoid using them unless I need to.

Ah. I didn’t know that’s what McFarlane was doing. It was honestly the first time I was aware Spawn was even still going. I was kind of hoping it was the third Spawn/Batman crossover that was supposed to come out so many years ago.

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