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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 52

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 Leonel Castellani’s cover for Infinity #3, which is homaging Todd McFarlane and Bob Wiacek’s cover for Incredible Hulk #340

A year down! Will we make it to week fifty-three?

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wait! no joke on this one? or did I miss it myself?

Surely it’s actually an homage to Todd McFarlane’s cover for Spawn #226, unless it’s homaging Greg Land’s cover to Powerless #5, or Arthur Suydam’s from Marvel Zombies #3.

What buttler said. You’re slipping Cronin. :-P

Wait, where’s the Homaze?

Man, I went to a Homaze, and “Blurred Lines” was on an endless, and I mean ENDLESS, loop.

Except when they worked “Get Lucky” in there. And they ended the night with “Summertime Sadness”.

“You da hottest HO! in this maze!”

That’s the line, right?

wait! no joke on this one? or did I miss it myself?

It’s not as much fun if there’s jokes EVERY time. It makes the jokes more special when they do show up. :)

52 weeks is quite a landmark, any idea for celebrating the anniversary?

So I suppose at some point, the question becomes “why?” Why do we as comics fans or consumers love the homag-image enough that there’s at least one — and usually more than one — every week, somewhere?

Because we’re suckers for homazes. That’s why.

Homazo? The time Amazo stole the powers from Santa Claus — recently inducted into the JLA in a Mark Waid story — and tried to weaponize holiday commercialization in the late, lamented Hourman series’ Holiday Special? Man, that was a good story, especially the bit where the heroes trick Homazo into overusing the Christmas Spirit and “giving of himself” and thrreby restoring everyone’s powers to their rightful possessors.

I believe that also had a special Chanukkah story featuring the Golden Age Starman’s ally, Woodley Allen, who helps the 853rd-century android and guest star Plastic Man use the time-manipulating Worlogog to keep a set of mystical candles burning for days in order to repulse an attack through time launched by Johnny Sorrow and Nebiros.

The whole thing wrapped up with a Diwali-themed story that gets good use out of the older-model, non-rapey Doctor Light and plays off of the idea that he might be foolish enough to try and raise a miniature Sun-Eater, and then have to beg Hourman and Snapper Carr for help when the thing naturally runs wild because the JLA are off in space or something and the Titans won’t take him seriously.

“52 weeks is quite a landmark, any idea for celebrating the anniversary?”

Howabout restarting at week 1 for absolutely no reason, and then only featuring covers that are completely terrible.

Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

Whoops, that last one was me. Hate for someone else to take credit for that gem!

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