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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 82

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 Jeff Shultz’s cover for Archie #654, which is homaging Bill Gold’s poster for Casablanca

Eighty-two weeks down! Will we make it to week eighty-three?

NOTE: Originally I went with a different cover but apparently it was not a new release. I saw it on Comixology as a new release, but apparently it came out a while ago, so I went to this one instead.


I give up, do they look familiar? I mean I see Not-Conan and Not-Mr. T and bald Wolverine, but if the rest are supposed to be homages they’re beyond me.

From what I can tell, the characters are original to the series — it’s the cover pose that’s an homage. And it’s not the only one: Issue 3 was an homage to the famous “Days of Future Past” cover:


And I wouldn’t be surprised if the covers to issues 4 and 6 are homages too.

some stupid japanese name

April 22, 2014 at 10:04 am

Brian is obviously just making this column one extended april fool’s joke. This is an homage? I mean, the guy in back isn’t even attempting to stretch his neck.

Is this the mist homaged cover ever? It’s gotta be in the running. Either that or Bartman #4.


Of course, I meant most homaged cover. Although it might be the mist homaged cover as well.

well at least this week we can all agree it’s a homage, eh?

Love this series! The Rogues are awesome! Highly recommend for fantasy fans of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, Skullkickers, and Rat Queens.

Just last week, I saw a BBS thread entitled “Kevin Maguire’s Doctor Who,” and even before I read the thread, I guessed correctly that it was about a Maguire illustration of the Doctors in the style of the JLE cover. So yeah, it’s definitely one of the most homaged covers ever, right up there with the “Days of Future Past” one.

@Christopher L. Bennett
Rogues #6 is an homage to Uncanny X-Men 168
and Rogues #4 is an homage to Love & Rockets 1

Thanks! I knew that #6 cover looked familiar. (That Professor Xavier. What a jerk.)

Wait, wasn’t that JLE cover also an homage? It was, to JLI #1


No no, clearly it’s an homage to the Giffen/DeMatteis/Maguire Defenders #1.


April 22, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Pretty sure that it’s an homage of Justice League Quarterly 1.

Ah, crap, now I gotta check my comics, because I thought this comic came out a couple months ago.

But Rogues is really good, and so is that JLE Annual 2.

Ah, crap, now I gotta check my comics, because I thought this comic came out a couple months ago.

Shit, you know, you’re absolutely right. This was out already. I was on Comixology when I saw this as a new release and I thought it’d be a cool one to use, but I guess Comixology’s new releases are not the same as normal new releases. I’ll put up a different cover!

Archie’s face on that cover is freaking me the hell out.

That face is something of a throwback to the style of early Archie. He was quite… well… horse-faced early on.

See for instance the cover for Pep Comics #49:


This is now more awesome because all the comments before mine are referencing a totally different cover, so anyone who didn’t see this earlier is totally confused. HA!

It was probably Amazon’s fault, amirite? ;)

The sad thing is that Archie’s dad was an orthodontist, but just hated him so much he wouldn’t fix his horsey teeth. Mean!

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