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The Great Comic Book Cover Homage Streak: Week 173

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 Dave Johnson’s cover for Agent of SHIELD #1, which is homaging the album cover for Curren$y (at the time known as Spitta Vendretti)’s Verde Terrance.

One hundred and seventy-three weeks down! Will we hit one hundred and seventy-four?


I have to confess that since this feature turned into “Marvel’s latest hip-hop homage,” it’s lost all appeal to me. Part of it is my total apathy towards the genre, part of it is revulsion at Marvel’s blatant pandering, and part of it is because it kinda seems like cheating — it’s almost like Marvel found out about this feature and is exploiting it.

I preferred the unannounced, unthemed homages. They seemed more… genuine, I guess.

Yeah, it’s kind of shooting fish in a barrel.

I know there are still non-Marvel, non-hip-hop homages out there as I see them on the shelves.

I really have to agree here. According to the archives, this is the fifteenth “Marvel hip-hop” cover in a row. I know it’s your feature, and your rules, but… really, at this point, line-wide gimmick covers like this should probably be, at the very least, choices of last resort. (It kinda seems to be going against the spirit of the feature, y’know?)

Spirit of the feature is posting comic book covers that are homages to something. Plenty of other times during the streak I’ve featured whole strings of themed covers (like the Flash homage covers, or the Movie homage covers). This one has just lasted the longest.

There’s a nice Nova #4 cover coming up homaging Fantastic Four #1 which would make a refreshing break from these uninspired Hip Hop covers – just saying

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