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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 7

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, I’m going with Patrick Zircher’s “black” cover for Shadowman #1, which there is no way that it is coincidence that a new Valiant comic book has a “black” cover, a la Solar, Man of the Atom #10, which was the first “big” book for the previous incarnation of Valiant. If this was from a different comic company, I could see it not being an homage, but not a Valiant book.

Seven weeks down! Will we make it to week eight?


Ah, the ’90s!

I want a cover that will actually be aflame. Just on fire and it won’t go out.

Or a cover that shoots lasers that do corrective eye surgery.

Man, if some companies put the effort into the insides that they put into the covers, wow! We’d be cooking with gasoline then!

Think about the future people who will know nothing of us but the ’90s Continuity Comics that had the indestructible Tyvek covers. Ponder that before you go to sleep tonight!

Damn! I just glanced at the pic before I read, and I thought someone had done a Spinal Tap comic.

All the gimmick comics in the 90s drove me crazy, but I have to admit if I saw a current comic with a holograph or foil cover, I’d most likely pick it up just because of that. I’d hate myself for it, and I wouldn’t keep doing it if it was to start a trend. But they’d get me for a one time purchase.

Thar be a dude on this cover that I’m not seeing on the Solar cover. Adjust thy contrast and or brightness to see. I say it counts not as a homage.

Is Da Fug a pirate?

Jazzbo, I got sucked in by the recent Batgirl and Batman 13 issues, with the half mask cover on the front. DAMN YOU DIDIO!!!

Or…Harras, or whoever did it.

Batgirl wasn’t worth the purchase. Batman was ok, but I’m not getting the geek out love for Snyder/Capullo. It’s quite good, but it didn’t make me think it was the second coming.

Yeah, Snyder/Capullo “Batman” is a very good, solid superhero comic that gets overhyped. Still, it’s critically acclaimed and a big hit, so I can’t really fault DC for hyping it to the far hills.
The current “Batgirl” book is one that I want to like a lot more than I actually do. Ed Benes coming aboard as the penciller certainly isn’t helping…

I remember liking the story in Solar 1-10 a lot. I should pick up that collection when I have a bunch of Amazon points.

Anyone else remember the black varnish cover for Deathblow #1? I was scared to pick it up because my fingerprints showed up. The first comic that lost value * just by touching it.

I liked a lot of the enhanced covers, even though it got ludicrous fast. I shouldn’t feel nostalgic for shameless cash-grabs, but I bought a lot of bagged/embossed/ hologram/ die-cut/ glow in the dark junk in the ’90s.

* just referencing price guide values makes me feel dirty. Damn you, Wizard!

Travis: “Or a cover that shoots lasers that do corrective eye surgery.”

But if it’s a Liefield cover, wouldn’t lasers to strike you permanently blind be a better choice?

My favorite gimmick cover, and one that I think still holds up as just a good comic cover, was the die-cut cover to Wolverine #50, with the claw slashes through the Logan file. If the point of a cover is to 1) make you notice the comic, and 2) make you interested in the story within, I still think Wolverine #50 succeeds as one of the best covers of its era.

And for anyone that hasn’t read them, the Jim Shooter era of early Valiant is really quite good, particularly the first 11 issues of Magnus and Solar, which hold up as great comics.

@Third Man, that Wolverine cover is a cool one. One of the few uses of die cut that “makes sense”, since Wolvey’s got claws.

Plus, the cover is bright yellow. Like his costume at the time. I like yellow.

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