Homage cover (comics)
Homage Cover is a comics term that refers to the intentional copying of a cover from an earlier comic book or graphic novel that references the Original Artist. Homages often occur when a comic is rebooted to demonstrate continuity with earlier volumes. A common target of homage is the first edition of a particular comic (see list below).
List of homage targets
Covers that have been frequently homaged include:
- Amazing Fantasy #15 - first appearance of Spider-Man; Spidey swings across the page carrying a crook
- Fantastic Four #1 - where a giant monster emerges from below a street.
- Action Comics #1 - where Superman holds a car over his head.
- Superman #1 - where Superman is posed in the middle of a leap high above a city skyline.
- Superman #14 - where Superman stands with a bald eagle on his left arm.
- Justice League #1 - members of the team standing in ranks looking upwards to the 'camera'.
- Giant-Size X-Men #1 - where the new team of X-Men seemingly burst out from the cover while the older X-Men team looks on horrified from above.
- The Incredible Hulk #1 - Bruce Banner is over shadowed by the Hulk.
- Superman #199 - Superman races the Flash in a foot race (cf. Superman #463).
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns (cf. Dragon Fall #4)
- Adventure Comics #247
- Adventure Comics #300
- Avengers #4 - Best known for the heroes charging towards the reader, particularly Captain America holding his shield on one arm, with his right arm pointing backward.
- What If? #1 - Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four burst through a page of black-and-white comic book art.
- Uncanny X-Men #136 A weeping Cyclops holds the dead Jean Grey in his arms. (As Thor #127 (1966) or after Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (Superman 1985)). This kind of cover was an homage to Michelangelo's Pietà. 
- Transformers #5 - Shockwave standing in front of a wall with the words "Are All Dead".
- Uncanny X-Men #141 older versions of Wolverine and Kitty Pryde stand before a poster featuring their fallen comrades. The beginning of the "Days of Future Past" storyline.
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