Magazine Cover Homages

Comics added Nov 20, 2021 | Comic Cover Special Collections, Homage Covers, Magazine Homages

Comic Covers Inspired by the Magazine Stand

mag·a·zine (/ˈmaɡəˌzēn,ˌmaɡəˈzēn/): a periodical publication containing articles and illustrations, typically covering a particular subject or area of interest.

Magazines and comics, which are magazines by definition, were once-upon-a-time found side-by-side at grocery, convenience and book stores across America. Young readers eagerly waited for that magic day of the week – Wednesdays even then! – to bicycle to the corner supermarket or 7-11 after school to pick up the latest chapter in the lives of their favorite characters, often superheroes but sometimes anti-heroes, even villains. Superman. Batman. Fantastic Four. Spider-Man. Silver Surfer. Captain America. Moon Knight. Wonder Woman. Swamp-Thing. Deadpool. Green Goblin. Galactus. And more.

Comics are no longer found in grocery and convenience stores, though a small selection of popular magazines may still be found among the chips, cookies, chewing gum, snacks and other offerings.

Nostalgic for the good ol’ days, cover artists are sometimes inspired by popular magazines, usually women’s magazines, but sometimes also sports and entertainment/variety magazines. Once in a while, an artist may steal a well-known cover, such as Demi Moore’s groundbreaking Vanity Fair cover from 1991 or Janet Jackson’s infamous nude Rolling Stone cover from 1993. Sometimes a magazine, such as The Saturday Evening Post, synonymous with Americana and the artist Norman Rockwell, has an established design that due to its associations with America, baseball and apple pie, inspires cover artists time-and-time again.

The covers below hearken back to a time before comics were dropped from groceries and convenience store magazine aisles in favor of specialty comic shops.

We hope you enjoy and appreciate them as much as we do.

(PS: Some of the comics below are also available as virgin variants, but as virgin variants they no longer mimic magazines. Thus they are not listed here. You might search our site for a desired artist, as we have created galleries of homage work, such as magazine covers, by select artists.)

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