Thursday, October 06, 2005

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words



Or, where does homage end and cheap, lazy rip off begin?

20 Comments:

Blogger Bastarður Víkinga said...

What is this?

10/06/2005 09:10:00 AM  
Blogger Bill Reed said...

Ha! Oh, yes, I noticed too. Le sigh.

Oh well. Jock can't do every cover...

10/06/2005 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

Such a cliche, but I can't lie, when it's done well I'm a sucker for it. What was the very first cover using it? Was it the Avengers issue with the first Squadron Supreme appearance?

10/06/2005 01:23:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I dunno...sometimes, I think cliches are used because they ARE so effective.

Like the Pieta cover.

With that being said, very funny image!

10/06/2005 04:33:00 PM  
Blogger Marionette said...

For those that aren't getting the joke I should explain that when I visited my local comic store today I noticed that both New Thunderbolts (Marvel) and Outsiders (DC) published the same day were using the same classic cover image.

One short trip to the Little Shop of Photos and the two were combined into a single image as a comment on the overuse of "homage" covers.

10/06/2005 04:49:00 PM  
Anonymous RAB said...

To Johnny Triangles: I can't be sure, but the "original" that comes to mind is this one here:

http://www.defdave.com/comics/html/featurecov16.html

This is probably the second or third Marvel comic I ever read, back when I was but a rabling, and it still wakens fond memories. And I love that the internets let me find a scan of the cover online in under two seconds.

10/06/2005 05:50:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

Okay RAB, I was thinking of this cover here, from Avengers #70 in 1969:

http://www.plexico.net/avengers/covers/avg070.jpg

Wow, they were already paying homage to that cover a year later...

10/06/2005 09:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Martin Rebas said...

Fantastic Four #73, April 1968:

http://image2.milehighcomics.com/istore/images/fullsize/30929984076.73.GIF

10/07/2005 01:12:00 AM  
Blogger walaka said...

Maybe I'm just stuck in the Silver Age, but don't the roots of this go back to at least here?

http://www.dcindexes.com/covers/jla/jla56.jpg

10/07/2005 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I saw both of these covers today and hadn't noticed the similarities until you pointed them out. This is beginning to become a pattern.

10/07/2005 10:16:00 PM  
Blogger T. said...

Let's see how many of these we can come up with!

X-Factor #5

10/08/2005 01:20:00 AM  
Anonymous The Hermit said...

This is the first one I ever remember seeing.

10/08/2005 02:54:00 AM  
Blogger Marionette said...

Not to forget the animated version in the opening titles to the X-Men cartoon where they cut it just as it looks like everyone is going to crash into each other and fall over.

10/08/2005 06:37:00 AM  
Blogger T. said...

I've noticed that the Silver Age DC ones seem to be a full-fledged sprint toward each other with motion lines. The Silver Age Marvel ones seem to be a bit more "posey" and seem to be the type ripped off the most nowadays.

10/08/2005 08:01:00 AM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

As I write this, Xiaolin Showdown is on the telly, and they do this in the opening credits for that.

I seem to remember a lot of X-Men covers in this format, ussually with an alarmed-looking Xavier in between the two groups, waving his arms ineffectually.

10/08/2005 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Kelson said...

Heh. This reminds me of May when Astonishing X-Men and Teen Titans both featured intense-looking bald guys on the covers.

10/08/2005 01:13:00 PM  
Blogger Ken Robinson said...

This is the one I thought they were riffing on: http://www.comics.org/graphics/covers/1571/400/1571_4_053.jpg

10/08/2005 06:53:00 PM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

They make it easier and easier to pick out the shitty comics.

10/11/2005 07:21:00 AM  
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