A Look At Older Homage and Cover Swipes
The root of homage is homo-, the Latin root meaning “man.” In medieval times, a king's male subject could officially become the king's “man” by publicly announcing allegiance to the monarch in a formal ceremony. In that ritual, known as homage, the subject knelt and placed his hands between those of his lord, symbolically surrendering himself and putting himself at the lord's disposal and under his jurisdiction. A bond was thus forged between the two; the vassal's part was to revere and serve his lord, and the lord's role was to protect the vassal and his family. Over time, homage was extended from the ceremony to the acts of duty and respect done for the lord, and eventually to any respectful act or tribute.
**One item of note, this article is not to debate a cover swipe vs a homage. It is to celebrate both. That argument can be had in another time or space.
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. In today’s piece we are going to look at the history of cover swipes / homage covers, including some of the very first ones made and the source material. There are many of us in this group that are big fans of these, yet where did they derive from? And furthermore, what are some of the early ones worthy of note? All that and more, so sit back and enjoy!
One of the first of record in which a homage was used is Action Comics # 8. This was a N.C. Wyeth painting piece originally. Some of his notable work includes the covers of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island
Here’s another one using Action Comics # 6 and a Black Terror Headliners page. Clearly the intent was there
Another example is Alan Campbell clearly just swiping Wallace Wood's Spirit cover for Space Western #43…
House of Mystery # 1 definitely shows a nod to a Weird Tales cover from 1933
These next two are not quite as known, but nevertheless are great ones
Thanks Ben C!
A few more that are deep cuts…
How about some horror?
Dark Mysteries and Mysterious Adventures
This is an awesome one for you Sci Fi fans and War collectors:
One for you mystery fans…
Let’s have a look at some Kirby art, and others related
Jack’s gorgeous cover to Foxhole #1 was copied from a war reporter’s painting.
“Joe Simon elevated swiping to an artform. Whenever he felt the need to punch up a cover or panel, he would insert a swipe of a Jack Kirby figure. It made no difference if the styles were similar, or not. Many covers credited to Kirby are actually Simon constructs with Kirby swipes added in, especially on Harvey titles”
I will leave you with a few more fun ones that don’t pop up everyday…
These are some cool covers right? This piece is meant to go hand and hand with Mike Morello’s Cover Tunes where he looked more at new and Modern material. Please see the bookend to this available here.
I hope you enjoyed this trip down old school lane and can appreciate the history of art and comics. So many times we see store variants that are swipes and forget where these came from years ago. Not to get too preachy, but without these there are no Modern comics or variants. Honor those who came before you! If there’s any other from this era you know of, please share! This is always a group effort.