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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 72

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 Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponser’s cover for Ms. Marvel #1, which is homaging Gary Frank and Cam Smith’s cover for Supergirl #1

Seventy-two weeks down! Will we make it to week seventy-three?


Awesome cover, awesome comic.

Hmm, I guess. Something about this one though seems more of a similar visual choice. I barely remember that Supergirl cover, I think it might make more sense if that was referencing something more well known.

Or maybe it’s totally an homage and I am an idiot.

I’m a bit uncertain about this one as well, despite having seen both many times.

Seems very overt to me.

Yeah, overt. Ignore the skateboard, except for what it represents. All the accessories represent the trappings of the characters contemporary culture and personal style choices.

I bought this comic Saturday and after getting it home I saw the Supergirl 1 reference.

I had the Supergirl 1 store promotion poster on my bedroom wall. My 21 year old self really liked that image.

I would have said that it is not an homage, but the placement of the head makes it seem like a riff off of Supergirl.

I always thought it was obviously meant to be an homage. The framing is the same, the white background, the focus on the heroes’ respective emblems surrounded by casual youth signifiers, they’re both young female legacy characters…. To assume it’s not an homage is to suggest that either the Supergirl cover isn’t memorable enough for it to count, or that Pichelli, Ponsor, Wacker, Amanat et al weren’t aware of it. I seriously doubt the latter, and I think the Supergirl cover is very iconic and memorable as modern covers go. I haven’t read a single issue of PAD’s run but I still thought of that cover immediately when I saw the Ms. Marvel one.

I know the Supergirl cover’s iconic-ness and Brian’s choice don’t really need defending, BUT to be that much more pedantic, see google for other instances of people making the same connection: https://www.google.com/search?q=%22ms.+marvel%22+supergirl+cover



…and that Supergirl cover in turn feels very much like a hommage to the Byrne/Giordano cover of The Man of Steel #1, so this time we’re dealing with an hommage to a hommage that doesn’t work as a hommage to the original!

After looking at both, I don’t see it as an homage. The Supergirl cover has the jacket open like she is about to go into action at any time. It reminds me of her secret identity and imagery associated with Superman changing clothes.

Ms. Marvel looks more like an angry Harry Potter fan walking to class than a superhero in disguise.

Seems pretty clearly an homage to me.

“She has no head!”

I think it’s the esses that clinch it.

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