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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 22

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!

This week, we’ll go with David Finch’s cover to Justice League of America #1, homaging the famous Joe Rosenthal photograph, “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.”

Twenty-two weeks down! Will we make it to week twenty-three?

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I co-published a comic with a homage cover this week:

http://www.crispbiscuit.co.uk/issue2coverlgg.gif

Also this week: Spawn #228, paying homage to Action Comics #1. (Though I think this particular homage has been done better recently by other titles.)

given the cover of Avengers Arena in the previews for next week, i’d say, yeah, 23 weeks fine.

I like how half the cast is just standing around, looking bored, while the rest of the cast erects the flag.

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My expectation is that unless the categories are narrowed (for example, so that only homages to other covers count), the streak will never end. Since you only post one homage from all the ones published in a given week, is there anything governing that choice? Also, to your knowledge, in the 22 weeks, have we ever come close to the streak ending (i.e. only one homage that week)? Sorry if all this has been addressed before.

Since you only post one homage from all the ones published in a given week, is there anything governing that choice?

Obvious homages get picked over non-obvious homages (for instance, you could easily argue Dark Avengers this week is an homage to Lady Justice. However, this being the internet, enough people would argue the other way that it’d be annoying. So better to go with one no one can argue is not an homage).

Plus, series that I haven’t featured get spotlighted first over series that I have already spotlighted (Spawn has been spotlighted multiple times while obviously JLofA has never been spotlighted).

Beyond that, it’s just a mix of whatever cover I like best and whatever cover I happen to see first.

As for how close the streak has come to ending, there have been a number of weeks where there was only one cover homage. So, very close I guess?

Thanks for the answer. I’m surprised it’s been as close as you say. I think the homage covers must stand out in my mind more, in the sense that I never remember random Spawn covers, but I can easily picture the recent ASM 300 pastiche. So I was thinking like one in every twenty comics would have an homage cover, but I guess that’s a vast overestimate.

Well, we did have that one week over the holdays where hardly any comics shipped, right? I’d think that week might have been more a challenge than usual.

Well, we did have that one week over the holdays where hardly any comics shipped, right? I’d think that week might have been more a challenge than usual.

True, that’s why when I started, I noted that that week would be an exception (unless I happened to find a cover). Luckily, Deathmatch came out from Boom! and it had so many different covers that one of them turned out to be an homage, so I didn’t have to skip that week. But anyhow, yeah, out of the 22 weeks, I’d say 5-6 only had a single cover homage, so this streak is certainly not guaranteed to continue.

Obvious homages get picked over non-obvious homages

I wish you’d lean the other way, or at least if there were multiple options, give preference to an homage of a comic book cover to (for example) one of the Iwo Jima photo or a move poster.

(But if you’d chosen the Dark Avengers cover, I’d have argue that it’s not an homage, but rather a joke using a common cultural reference; the joke being that Moonstone-dressed-as-Ms. Marvel has removed one of the pans from the scale, implying injustice.)

“I think you should go the other way, but I would have complained had you went the other way.”

22 straight weeks (and counting) is amazing, but out of curiosity: how many consecutive weeks PRIOR to the start of this thread had homage covers?

I don’t see how you don’t pick Red Hood and the Outlaws #17! Paying homage to the gutwrenching scene of batman holding the lifeless body of Jason Todd from the “A Death In The Family” story arc!

Is there any way to put in links to what is being paid homage to, especially the comics covers?

Better yet, put in another picture.

Is there any way to put in links to what is being paid homage to, especially the comics covers?

There IS a link to the image being homaged to.

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