Magazine Cover Homages

Comics added Nov 24, 2022 | 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.

Popular magazine variant artists include:

We hope you enjoy and appreciate these homages 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.)

A.X.E.: Judgment Day: Omega #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – January 2023

A.X.E.: Judgment Day: Omega #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – January 2023

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #6 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – December 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #6 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – December 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Black Cat Variant) – November 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Black Cat Variant) – November 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Mary Jane Virgin Variant) – November 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Mary Jane Virgin Variant) – November 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Mary Jane Trade Dress Variant) – November 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 6) #10 (Mark Brooks NYCC Mary Jane Trade Dress Variant) – November 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – October 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #5 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – October 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – September 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #4 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – September 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – August 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #3 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – August 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #2 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – August 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #2 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – August 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #8 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Elle Magazine Homage Variant) – August 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #8 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Elle Magazine Homage Variant) – August 2022

Harley Quinn (Vol 4) #15 (Natali Sanders Magazine Trade Dress Variant) – July 2022

Harley Quinn (Vol 4) #15 (Natali Sanders Magazine Trade Dress Variant) – July 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – July 2022

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – July 2022

X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2022 #1 (David Nakayama Magazine Variant) – July 2022

X-Men: Hellfire Gala 2022 #1 (David Nakayama Magazine Variant) – July 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #8 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Life Magazine Homage Variant) – June 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #8 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Life Magazine Homage Variant) – June 2022

Hardlee Thinn: Playtime #1 (Shikarii Magazine Variant) – July 2022

Hardlee Thinn: Playtime #1 (Shikarii Magazine Variant) – July 2022

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – July 2022

A.X.E.: Eve of Judgment #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Magazine Variant) – July 2022

Detective Comics #1050 (Tony Fleecs Magazine Variant) – June 2022

Detective Comics #1050 (Tony Fleecs Magazine Variant) – June 2022

Detective Comics #1050 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – June 2022

Detective Comics #1050 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – June 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #7 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke GQ Magazine Homage Variant) – May 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #7 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke GQ Magazine Homage Variant) – May 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #6 (Brian Haberlin & Drew Haberlin Cosmopolitan Magazine Homage Variant) – April 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #6 (Brian Haberlin & Drew Haberlin Cosmopolitan Magazine Homage Variant) – April 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 5) #86 (Miguel Mercado Variant) – March 2022

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 5) #86 (Miguel Mercado Variant) – March 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #5 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Saturday Evening Post Magazine Homage Variant) – March 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #5 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Saturday Evening Post Magazine Homage Variant) – March 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #4 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke National Lampoon Magazine Homage Variant) – February 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #4 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke National Lampoon Magazine Homage Variant) – February 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #3 (Brian Haberlin & Drew Haberlin Playboy Magazine Homage Variant) – January 2022

Hellcop (Vol 2) #3 (Brian Haberlin & Drew Haberlin Playboy Magazine Homage Variant) – January 2022

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #4 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – January 2022

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #4 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – January 2022

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #3 (Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – December 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #3 (Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – December 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #3 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – December 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #3 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – December 2021

Hellcop (Vol 2) #2 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Playboy Magazine Homage Variant) – November 2021

Hellcop (Vol 2) #2 (Brian Haberlin & Geirrod Van Dyke Playboy Magazine Homage Variant) – November 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #2 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – November 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #2 (Jason Shawn Alexander Variant) – November 2021

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: Eat, Bang, Kill Tour #1 (Natali Sanders Magazine Variant) – November 2021

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: Eat, Bang, Kill Tour #1 (Natali Sanders Magazine Variant) – November 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #3 (Ryan Kincaid Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition) – October 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #3 (Ryan Kincaid Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition) – October 2021

Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – October 2021

Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – October 2021

Venom (Vol 5) #1 (Tony Fleecs Distressed Variant) – October 2021

Venom (Vol 5) #1 (Tony Fleecs Distressed Variant) – October 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual #1 (Tony Fleecs Distressed Variant) – October 2021

Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual #1 (Tony Fleecs Distressed Variant) – October 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #1 (Retailer Incentive Variant) – October 2021

Nita Hawes’ Nightmare Blog #1 (Retailer Incentive Variant) – October 2021

Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – September 2021

Batman: Fear State Alpha #1 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – September 2021

Excalibur (Vol 4) #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – September 2021

Excalibur (Vol 4) #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – September 2021

Faro’s Lounge (Jamie Tyndall X-23 Swimsuit Variant) – 2021

Faro’s Lounge (Jamie Tyndall X-23 Swimsuit Variant) – 2021

Faro’s Lounge (Jamie Tyndall X-23 Merc Variant) – 2021

Faro’s Lounge (Jamie Tyndall X-23 Merc Variant) – 2021

New Mutants (Vol 4) #19 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

New Mutants (Vol 4) #19 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

Department of Truth #12 (Jae Lee Variant) – August 2021

Department of Truth #12 (Jae Lee Variant) – August 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – August 2021

Suicide Squad (Vol 6) #6 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – August 2021

Planet-Size X-Men #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

Planet-Size X-Men #1 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

X-Men (Vol 5) #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

X-Men (Vol 5) #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – August 2021

Batman (Vol 3) #108 (Sun Khamunaki Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Batman (Vol 3) #108 (Sun Khamunaki Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Batman (Vol 3) #108 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Batman (Vol 3) #108 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Karl Liversidge Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Karl Liversidge Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Guns & Angels Comics Elite Bootylicious Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #2 (Jamie Tyndall Guns & Angels Comics Elite Bootylicious Trade Dress Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #2 (Ryan Kinkaid Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #2 (Ryan Kinkaid Special Kickstarter Collectors Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – July 2021

Marauders #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – July 2021

Marauders #21 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – July 2021

Die!namite Lives #2 (Jamie Tyndall Blood Wraparound Magazine Variant) – July 2021

Die!namite Lives #2 (Jamie Tyndall Blood Wraparound Magazine Variant) – July 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #1 (Franck Uzan Special Kickstarter Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – April 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #1 (Franck Uzan Special Kickstarter Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – April 2021

The Totally Rad Life of Violet #4 (Pulp Fiction Homage Naughty Variant) – April 2021

The Totally Rad Life of Violet #4 (Pulp Fiction Homage Naughty Variant) – April 2021

The Totally Rad Life of Violet #4 (Pulp Fiction Homage Variant) – April 2021

The Totally Rad Life of Violet #4 (Pulp Fiction Homage Variant) – April 2021

X-Force (Vol 6) #20 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – March 2021

X-Force (Vol 6) #20 (David Nakayama Hellfire Gala Variant) – March 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #Preview (Jamie Tyndall Special Preview Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – February 2021

Merc Magazine: Deathrage #Preview (Jamie Tyndall Special Preview Edition Magazine Cover Variant) – February 2021

Punchline Special #1 (Natali Sanders KRS Exclusive Variant) – January 2021

Punchline Special #1 (Natali Sanders KRS Exclusive Variant) – January 2021

Totally Rad Life of Violet (Season Premiere Variant) – January 2021

Totally Rad Life of Violet (Season Premiere Variant) – January 2021

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 (Jamie Tyndall Deadly Kitty Metal Edition) – December 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 (Jamie Tyndall Deadly Kitty Metal Edition) – December 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 (Jamie Tyndall Gala Retailer Edition) – December 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 (Jamie Tyndall Gala Retailer Edition) – December 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 Preview (Madi Amazing Spiderman 129 Homage Variant) – November 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 Preview (Madi Amazing Spiderman 129 Homage Variant) – November 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 Preview (Jamie Tyndall Cover) – November 2020

Merc Magazine: Miss Meow #1 Preview (Jamie Tyndall Cover) – November 2020

Harley Quinn (Vol 3) #75 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – September 2020

Harley Quinn (Vol 3) #75 (Natali Sanders Trade Dress Variant) – September 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #2 (Linsner Pinup Magazine Incentive B&W Variant) – August 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #2 (Linsner Pinup Magazine Incentive B&W Variant) – August 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #2 (Linsner Pinup Magazine Variant) – August 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #2 (Linsner Pinup Magazine Variant) – August 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #1 (Joseph Michael Linsner Magazine Variant) – July 2020

Bettie Page (Vol 3) #1 (Joseph Michael Linsner Magazine Variant) – July 2020

Catwoman: 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Trade Variant) – June 2020

Catwoman: 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Trade Variant) – June 2020

Catwoman: 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Secret Black/White Variant) – June 2020

Catwoman: 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular (Natali Sanders Secret Black/White Variant) – June 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Foil Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Foil Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Variant) – May 2020

Totally Rad Life of Violet #1 (St. Paddy Bunny Variant) – May 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Natali Sanders KRS Exclusive Variant) – February 2020

Harley Quinn’s Villain of the Year #1 (Natali Sanders KRS Exclusive Variant) – February 2020

Chastity (Vol 2) #3 (Ale Garza Variant) – November 2019

Chastity (Vol 2) #3 (Ale Garza Variant) – November 2019

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Vol 4) #5 (Gary Erskine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Variant) – September 2019

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Vol 4) #5 (Gary Erskine Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Variant) – September 2019

Grimm Fairy Tales (Vol 2) #30 (ComicFest Webstore Exclusive) – August 2019

Grimm Fairy Tales (Vol 2) #30 (ComicFest Webstore Exclusive) – August 2019

Archie 1941 #1 (Peter Krause Cover) – June 2019

Archie 1941 #1 (Peter Krause Cover) – June 2019

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 5) #1 (Mark Brooks Saturday Evening Post Variant) – September 2018

Amazing Spiderman (Vol 5) #1 (Mark Brooks Saturday Evening Post Variant) – September 2018

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Jasmine: Crown of Kings #5 (VIP Elias Chatzoudis Webstore Exclusive) – September 2018

Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Jasmine: Crown of Kings #5 (VIP Elias Chatzoudis Webstore Exclusive) – September 2018

Archie 1941 #1 (Peter Krause Variant) – September 2018

Archie 1941 #1 (Peter Krause Variant) – September 2018

Archie 1941 #1 (Dave Johnson Variant) – September 2018

Archie 1941 #1 (Dave Johnson Variant) – September 2018

Grimm Fairy Tales (Vol 2) #14 (C2E2 Mike Debalfo Variant) – April 2018

Grimm Fairy Tales (Vol 2) #14 (C2E2 Mike Debalfo Variant) – April 2018

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond the Fences #1 – February 2016

Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1953: Beyond the Fences #1 – February 2016

Barb Wire (Vol 2) #7 (Adam Hughes Cover) – January 2016

Barb Wire (Vol 2) #7 (Adam Hughes Cover) – January 2016

Back to the Future #1 (Heroes & Fantasies Variant) – October 2015

Back to the Future #1 (Heroes & Fantasies Variant) – October 2015

Zombie Tramp: Halloween Special 2015 (ComicXPosure NYCC Variant) – October 2015

Zombie Tramp: Halloween Special 2015 (ComicXPosure NYCC Variant) – October 2015

Grimm Tales of Terror (Volume 1) (Elias Chatzoudis NYCC Exclusive Hardcover) – September 2015

Grimm Tales of Terror (Volume 1) (Elias Chatzoudis NYCC Exclusive Hardcover) – September 2015