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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 24

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 Jae Lee’s cover to Animal Man #18, homaging Ross Andru and Mike Esposito’s cover for Flash #184.

Twenty-four weeks down! Will we make it to week twenty-five?


Not to get all Morrison-worshippy, but didn’t he already show us (and then undo) the most tragic day in the life of Buddy Baker?

(Cue a visit from that goon just to say what a hack Morrison is, and blah blah blah on all sides. I’m just saying, seems like it’s been done.)

Is this just a remake of Morrison’s story?

I don’t think Morrison is a hack, I do think he is smarter than his average reader though. Case in point, all the outcry over killing Damian Wayne. The readers, or a large chunk of them rather, are unhappy to say the least. It seems they equate good writing with a happy ending. It was his character to kill or not, but the fact that so many are up in arms about it, talking about it, gnashing teeth about it suggest that in fact he is a good writer. Maybe not the story they wanted, but it still, obviously, has affected them. And I am pretty certain that’s what good art (whether it be writing, visual art, music, etc.) does. It affects, leaves an impression, or causes you to think about the world you live in in new and different ways. (But I guess I could be wrong.)

I don’t recall seeing any outcry over the death of Robin. Nobody reads Batman Incorporated except Morrison Burnham fans and Batman obsessives anyway. Also, it’s absurd to relate fan outcry with quality of art. I’m sure there was much teeth-gnashing over Heroes Reborn in the 90s, does that make Captain America Volume 2 an enduring masterpiece?

And in other news, holy shit, do comics fans get the market place they deserve or what? Just browsing some sales figure to confirm my suspicion that Batman Inc is no longer the top seller it once was, and I am just bowled over by the ENORMOUS sales jumps that occur whenever a book ties in to the latest gimmick. Red Hood and the Outlaws literally doubled its sales by tying into Death of the Family. Having lagged a little behind in the previous quarter, DC totally dominates in the 0 month, except for one Marvel title which outsells everything, and that’s of course AVX.

I’m sure this is news to no one except me, but man, if you ever feel too upbeat and cheerful about comics, head on over diamondcomics.com and take a look at their statistics archive. That’ll straighten you out in no time.

Cass, I will concede the Heroes Reborn point, but I run a comic shop and I can tell you first hand that the lion’s share of customers at the shop are not happy about Damian’s death, and I have seen outcry on various comics sites about it. Personally, I think dumping on Morrison has become somewhat fashionable lately, but that’s another thing entirely. Also, art does not have to necessarily be an enduring masterpiece to be considered art. I am not relating outcry to quality, what I am saying is that if a writer or other artist gets ANY reaction then they have succeeded on some level. I know this from experience as a painter. I am not judging my own work by the level of outcry, but by whether I get some sort (any sort) of response to the work on display. The minute it’s out there to see it becomes subjective to the viewer/reader/ what have you.

On your second post I will agree that to a certain extent any group really does end up with the market place they deserve or at the very least helped create or foster over time.

some stupid japanese name

March 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Damian’s dead?
Thanks for the spoiler man!

Oh, you are totally welcome. Think nothing of it, really.

@Cass this has driven me crazy for years in the industry. The latest example is Superior Spider-Man. Between Amazing #700 and Superior #1, Dan Slott’s Twitter feed was almost unreadable with people overreacting to Peter’s ‘death’. People were never going to buy another Spider-Man comic, or another Marvel comic, or another comic ever, and it was all Slott’s fault.

Fast forward a few weeks, and Superior’s first two issues are getting rave reviews. THE VERY SAME PEOPLE are telling Slott that despite their doubts, they have loved the first two issues.

Comic fans NEVER EVER EVER vote with their wallets. EVER. The more people complain, the more likely they are to buy. They might miss something, after all! It reminds me of the scene in the Howard Stern movie Private Parts, when someone shares market research that the people complaining about Stern being on the air report that they are listening for longer each day than the people that enjoy the radio show.

Oz the Malefic

March 7, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I haven’t bought Superior Spider-Man. But I wasn’t ranting at Slott on Twitter, so maybe I don’t count in the “NEVER EVER EVER”.

Glad to be free, and have barely given the title a second thought.

ASM was my only constant title for a long time.

The picture itself looks very familiar as well. I’m sure I’ve seen that before – possible with Wolverine.

Travis Pelkie

March 8, 2013 at 6:04 pm

But…but…Morrison is a hack, and we all know it here on CSBG/CBR, because we’re all a bunch of racists against Brits. Kidney pie eating gits.

As to sales on Batman Inc., I’m not surprised they went down considerably, since the first volume ended right before the new 52, there was a special at the end of 2011 (several months later), then several more months before the book restarted, then the delay due to the tragic shooting in Colorado…the scheduling for the book just hasn’t helped it out, even though I think the book might just be better now than it has been.

And with this new turn of events, we see now that the book actually “counts” in the new 52.

Which probably isn’t a good thing.

But raise your hands if you think they aren’t going to undo that, one of the best characters of the last 10 years going kaput. OK, some hands are up, and I understand that because with the DC regime currently in place, the smart idea is not necessarily the one I’d bet on either.

But raise your hands if you think they aren’t going to undo that, one of the best characters of the last 10 years going kaput.

So you’re saying he’s the sensational character find of 2006?

Travis Pelkie

March 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

Yes. I am totally saying that, and totally regretting I forgot to use that phrasing when I posted. Thank you for the catch, buttler.

Flash #76 (Wally West series) is another example of this. There have actually been a ton of Flash related cover homages, most of which you can find here: http://www.hyperborea.org/flash/cover-homages.html

There’s also the cover homages to Justice League #1 (Kevin Maguire) found on Justice League Europe #1 and others http://lifesleftturn.tumblr.com/post/72552501524/the-justice-league-of-cover-homages

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