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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 63

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 Brendan McCarthy’s cover for Judge Dredd #14, which homages Steve Ditko’s cover for Beware the Creeper #1.

Sixty-three weeks down! Will we make it to week sixty-four?


Why even bother when the homage is THIS much worse than the original?

I can’t really begrudge McCarthy for wishing he was Steve Dikto. Guy’s an amazing artist. The tail end of those Prometheus stories in BTC were really ahead of their time composition-wise.

That is… poorly executed.

Ya know…I wonder if it’s the coloring here that’s the problem. It looks like something I woulda put together in Photoshop. I ain’t no good at Photoshop.

@SB: Proteus.

Also, McCarthy is a great great great artist in his own right. Cf.


One bad cover (which looks to me like a repurposed sketch anyway) does not a bad artist make.

I generally really like his stuff. This is definitely a lesser effort.

Yeah P. Boz I’d say it’s just the coloring that’s the real problem.

Well, that and Creeper legs/proportions just make Dredd look broken.

I like this cover, but his Jack Kirby homage from the previous issue was better.

Brendan McCarthy is one of the best artists in the business.

But yeah, this cover doesn’t really work.

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