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Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

Which comic covers have been the most frequent subjects of parodies, riffs, homages, etc.? There are many we see over and over. A few that come to mind right away:









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That Crisis On Infinite Earths cover that George Perez drew.
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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

The Starro Justice League cover has had a lot of parodies.
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I like Neal Adam's interpretation of this cover.






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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

It has to be Action Comics #1, I think even people in the general public recognize it to some degree.
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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

Here's a pretty good parody of Action Comics #1 from earlier this year.

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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

That Batman cover is actually predated by this:

http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?q=...pubid=&PubRng=

or you could argue that they're all copying Michelangelo's Pieta. Crisis 7 is probably the one that gets copied now.


Giant Size X-men #1 with the new X-men bursting out of the cover

X-men 128, with Cyclops leaving the group with a bag over his shoulder

Uncanny 141 where an older Wolvie and Kitty Pride are in front of a wanted poster to start of Days of Future Past

Amazing Spider-man where Peter Parker is giving up being Spidey (i think it's 50?)


When was that first appearance of the Punisher cover copied? I can't remember off the top of my head.

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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

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When was that first appearance of the Punisher cover copied? I can't remember off the top of my head.
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Re: Which comic covers have gotten the most parodies, homages, etc?

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That Batman cover is actually predated by this:

http://www.mycomicshop.com/search?q=...pubid=&PubRng=

or you could argue that they're all copying Michelangelo's Pieta. Crisis 7 is probably the one that gets copied now.


Giant Size X-men #1 with the new X-men bursting out of the cover

X-men 128, with Cyclops leaving the group with a bag over his shoulder

Uncanny 141 where an older Wolvie and Kitty Pride are in front of a wanted poster to start of Days of Future Past

Amazing Spider-man where Peter Parker is giving up being Spidey (i think it's 50?)


When was that first appearance of the Punisher cover copied? I can't remember off the top of my head.
I was thinking X-Men 137 would have been a good one too. Funny, the image I think of for ASM 50 is the garbage can in the foreground, but I guess that's an interior image.

And in trying to check parodies of XM 137, I found a site that covers this whole topic. So much for an original thread idea.

http://www.comicvine.com/homage-covers/12-43734/
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Great find!
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And in trying to check parodies of XM 137, I found a site that covers this whole topic. So much for an original thread idea.

http://www.comicvine.com/homage-covers/12-43734/
They need to update that list because Detective #31 isn't on there; unless I missed it.
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Have to go with
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I forgot that when I went to Emerald City Con this spring, Don Rosa was there and had a bunch of posters based on classic comic covers. I couldn't resist the one based on the original Legion of SH story, but he was trying to sell me on the JSA parody, which he said "no one wants." I actually liked it quite a bit but didn't have the cash for both.

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The cover to Amazing Fantasy #15 always remind me of Detective Comics #27. Very similiar if not an intentional homage.

I think Action Comics #1 is the most copied cover.
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The cover to Amazing Fantasy #15 always remind me of Detective Comics #27.
Kane made a direct SWIPE from a panel in the January 17, 1939 Flash Gordon Sunday comic strip, drawn by Alex Raymond.







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I forgot that when I went to Emerald City Con this spring, Don Rosa was there and had a bunch of posters based on classic comic covers. I couldn't resist the one based on the original Legion of SH story, but he was trying to sell me on the JSA parody, which he said "no one wants." I actually liked it quite a bit but didn't have the cash for both.

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Action #1 cover must be the most famous comic cover (Detective Comic with Batman would give it a run for it's money) and I do believe it is the most "Copied".
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...But this is really strange how so many different artist used the "Wall/two runners/fliers" design.
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...But this is really strange how so many different artist used the "Wall/two runners/fliers" design.
The original cover was for one of the most "important" stories in DC history, as it reestablished the Golden Age characters and introduced Earth-2 and the multiverse.
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The original cover was for one of the most "important" stories in DC history, as it reestablished the Golden Age characters and introduced Earth-2 and the multiverse.
Right. Most of these covers are iconic because of what happened in the book, like the first appearance of Punisher. Otherwise I don't think most covers get enough attention or are remembered enough to get people to actually recognize a parody. Unless you're Liefeld swiping and afraid to get caught, that is.
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Right. Most of these covers are iconic because of what happened in the book, like the first appearance of Punisher. Otherwise I don't think most covers get enough attention or are remembered enough to get people to actually recognize a parody. Unless you're Liefeld swiping and afraid to get caught, that is.
Yeah, the Robin Dies at Dawn would seem to be one of the exceptions
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Yeah, the Robin Dies at Dawn would seem to be one of the exceptions
But that one's from Michelangelo's Pieta.

http://comiccoverage.typepad.com/com...book_cove.html
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But that one's from Michelangelo's Pieta.

http://comiccoverage.typepad.com/com...book_cove.html
I dunno, man. I think there are some that are clearly evoking Pieta (such as the Captain Atom and Captain Marvel covers), but I don't think it's the case every single time someone carries another person.

Pieta?


Pieta?


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Action #1 cover must be the most famous comic cover (Detective Comic with Batman would give it a run for it's money) and I do believe it is the most "Copied".
I'd switch out Batman for Spider-Man's first appearence for most famous. Action is obviously #1. You see Action #1 on episodes of Simpsons. Its probably known by the general audience more then any other comic.
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