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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 42

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 Gary Frank’s cover for Superman Unchained #2, which homages Paul Cassidy’s cover for Action Comics #27.

Forty-two weeks down! Will we make it to week forty-three?


Isn’t this basically a straight-up redraw of the homaged cover only with Lois having a lot more fight in her than the original Lois did who looks as if she’s cowering?

Oh man, I really hate the way Lois is depicted on this cover. If you wanted to avoid the damsel in distress angle, better to remove Lois from it entirely (substitute Jimmy, maybe) than do what Frank does here. Here it looks like Lois is ready to push Superman aside and wrestle the lion herself. There’s a line between strong-willed and suicidal, and this crosses it.

I like the original cover. It tells a story that makes sense. Lois is reeling after being attacked by a lion and saved by Superman. It doesn’t look like she’s cowering to me. It looks like she’s trying to gather her senses after nearly being mauled, just as any sane person would.

When I saw this cover I got all excited that it wasn’t the horrible New 52 Superman costume but rather the funky old Golden Age costume, and rushed to google the series to see if maybe this is some retro series that ignores the current status quo. But alas, no such luck. And with Jim Lee’s name on there, that’s pretty damn unlikely.

On the other hand, you gotta love how Superman is apparently having the time of his life. “Ha ha, take a picture quick Lois! This silly Earth cat thinks it can hurt me. How adorable. Try not to get blood on the lens.”

Revisionism like this should be left out of homages.

Nice to see a drawing of Superman in a suit that doesn’t suck.

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