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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 14

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? Let’s find out! Here is an archive of all the cover homages featured in the streak so far! I initially planned on skipping last week’s Diamond’s Christmas “skip week,” since only a handful of titles were released, but was there still an homage cover in those handful of comics?

Yep, as it turns out, one of the many covers for Deathmatch #1 from Boom! Studios was an homage! Trevor Hairsine homaged Mike Zeck’s classic cover to the first issue of Marvel Super-Heroes Secret Wars.

Fourteen weeks down! Will we make it to week fifteen? Find out!


We should start taking bets on when the streak will end.

I’ve got either “never” or “May 29″ (it’s a fifth week, and even then…).

Deathmatch wasn’t awful, at least.

Curse you for making me go to Google to look up the original cover!

Why would anyone homage such a generic cover?

Self-conscious joke, perhaps.

I don’t find the covers themselves particularly similar, although the effort has been made with the elongated fingers resembling Wolverine’s claws and the text caption having identical wording (which, ironically, seems to be an ill fit to either series).

I want to say that homaging Mike Zeck is a good way of looking good by comparison. Too bad that it would be so rude to do so.

If we’re not going to get an image of the original cover, or even a link, can we at least have an archive of all previous weeks?

Azar, did you try clicking on “Great Book Cover Homage Streak” right at the side of the avatar used by Brian on the top of this page?

Or try this – http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/category/great-book-cover-homage-streak/

I knew what the homage would be as soon as I saw the colors used for the logo and the background. Good cover to pay homage to, but I still prefer Zeck’s.

@DanCJ “Why would anyone homage such a generic cover?”
Secret Wars, in it’s day was huge. Mike Zeck, is his day, was an artist commodity. The themes/protagonist/set-up of Deathmatch are remincent of those in SW. I believe that’s why.

Did I just see people hate on Mike Zeck? Now I’m confused.

I’m funny that way, P. Boz. I never managed to acquire a taste for Mike Zeck, or for that matter Kevin Maguire, either. I’m often flabbergasted that the two of them are such popular pencilers. I used to cringe a lot seeing Zeck on Captain America. It mixed very badly indeed with DeMatteis’ corny writing.

So many fighting words! Fortunately, I’m a man of peace; I just disagree. I love both Zeck and DeMatteis, but that doesn’t mean everybody has to. It wouldn’t be very interesting if we all had the same taste!

I really enjoyed Mr.Zeck’s Captain America (except for the god-awful Team America). Thought he had a good run, but I do think his work is an acquired taste. I thought Secret Wars would have been helped by different artist (do believe Jackson “Butch” Guice did some pages for a late issue which were actually better than Zeck’s). Think Kevin Maguire is fantastic.

Secret Wars, in it’s day was huge. Mike Zeck, is his day, was an artist commodity. The themes/protagonist/set-up of Deathmatch are remincent of those in SW. I believe that’s why.

I guess you had to be there. Secret Wars was about one year before my time – and about 15 years before I read much Marvel.

I never quite got the Zeck love – Not bad, but nothing special to me.

Kevin Maguire is great – but he has a vary limited range of the type of comic he’s suited to. Giffen’s JLI was perfect for him.

@azhjohnson5: IIRC it was Al Milgron who penciled a few issues of the original Secret Wars, subbing for Mike Zeck. And yes, the art seemed better for that, although truth be told Al Milgrom is a very run-of-the-mill penciler and his inker in Secret Wars was no Joe Sinnot (Roger Stern – Al Milgrom – Joe Sinnot in Avengers was a marvelous combination). Maybe it was Joe Rubstein, I don’t remember right now.

The substitute penciler on Secret Wars was Bob Layton. Also, the 12th issue of the series featured a jam session of inkers on it, a page or two inked by Art Adams, for example. This was obviously back in the days when deadlines were important.

Don’t worry buttler, I love both Zeck and DeMatteis as well.

I’m in pain because Zeck and Maguire are two of my all time favorites. But more to those who came after and “don’t get it” rather than those who are completely aware and it’s not just their cup of tea, I’d say that Secret Wars isn’t the best example of Zeck’s work. It’s obviously a company driven storyline on a schedule rushing a bunch of characters to be drawn. I still think his layouts are fantastic, but for pencil detail something like his Punisher work (that he didn’t get to finish on the mini…but did to glorious effect on the graphic novel) is a much better illustration of his work. Many a cover back in those days too. Famous Captain America -Wolverine annual cover. And his Cap run, as mentioned, of course.

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