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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 44

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 Humberto Ramos’ cover for Superior Spider-Man #14, which homages Ramos’ own cover for Amazing Spider-Man #648.

Forty-four weeks down! Will we make it to week forty-five?

11 Comments

I’ve seen this cover several times over the last few weeks and am I the only one who thinks the anatomy on the Spider-Man figure is really poor?
I realise Humberto Ramos is a ‘hot’ artist and all that, but Spidey really looks deformed. The arms are out of proportion to the legs. Nor sure whats going on with the ribcage area and the perpective is well out. Don’t get me started on the the head positioning in relation to the shoulders. As an enthusiatic amateur artist who struggles with these things I’m quite amazed any editor ok’ed this for publication.

Hmmm… I’m not sure it’s really a homage when you’re copying yourself.

Stephen Conway

July 30, 2013 at 6:16 am

Daz:

Ramos is certainly “stylized”. My reaction to him varies between “that’s really cool” to “what idiot okayed this crap?”, often within the space of the same issue. this is certainly one of his weaker efforts.

Wow.

It’s as though the 90’s never ended.

I don’t know if you can call it a homage. This is a boring cover design that he’s already used FOUR times for Spider-Man: in 648 as you point out, but also in 670 and 692 (arguably, in 693 also). At this point, he’s basically trolling the readers with this cover.

I don’t think one can homage oneself – that’s either being repetitive or self-congratulatory depending on the context.

Well, it’s a good try at trying to make you remember a really forgettable cover.

@ Daz Ashmore
As an amateur who went on to major in art in college, I think his anatomy there is mostly okay, the arm holding the web is a little off, so is the rib cage area.

Ramos is not a favorite of mine. I think it is strange that most of the artists since Big Time have been okay to poor (except Marcos Martin). I would think stronger talent would be used with such a high profile book.

For that matter, any cover showing Spider-Man swinging in front of a bunch of heads owes a debt to the classic ASM #121 cover.

Ramos is not a favorite of mine. I think it is strange that most of the artists since Big Time have been okay to poor (except Marcos Martin). I would think stronger talent would be used with such a high profile book.

There are something like 30 issues of Spider-Man per year. You can do rotating teams, as they have been doing, but if you have a slow artist (which almost all the top tier guys are), you’d have to give them the scripts for a four-issue arc fifteen issues ahead of when they’ll actually be published in order for them to be ready in time. Since Slott is writing the title on his own, it’s unlikely that he’s that far ahead on his scripts.

You have a good point there Cass, but I still think there are some better artists out there that could do some of the work.

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