A-Next

It’s amazing to me how many comics these days actually copy the style of their cover from some older book. I guess when you’re on a tight deadline and need to get your book out on time you go with what has worked in the past. I’m sure it also helps to sell certain books. The A-Next series from the late nineties has a few cover swipes and I’m wondering if these covers were used as a ploy to boost sales.

The series starts and ends with the same cover style…nice little bookends to the series.

A-Next #1

A-Next #1

A-Next #12

A-Next #12

The series starts and ends with the same cover style…nice little bookends to the series.

A-Next #2

A-Next #2

Avengers #38

Avengers #38

Fantastic Four #50

Fantastic Four #50

Neither of the silver age books is an exact match so I just put both for comparison.

A-Next #3

A-Next #3

Avengers #3

Avengers #3

Another not exact swipe but definitely the cover they were going for.

A-Next #4

A-Next #4

Avengers #16

Avengers #16

Thor isn’t the only hero to change genders…neither is Wolverine for that matter!

A-Next #5

A-Next #5

Avengers #25

Avengers #25

Dr. Doom…not only a foe to the original Avengers but to their successors as well!

A-Next #9

A-Next #9

Avengers #73

Avengers #73

Thunderstrike and the Black Panther always run out there with no backup!!

A-Next #10

A-Next #10

Avengers #70

Avengers #70

I have highlighted Avengers 70 in one of my earlier articles. A-Next 10 is the first appearance of Hope Pym as the Red Queen I believe.

 

So there you have it…out of the 12 issues of the A-Next series, 8 are swipes. The other four look very familiar and I challenge you all to find the covers they might have paid homage to. Next week I will highlight another series, No Hero which has a ton of cover swipes!

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