A Crisis of Infinite Homage Covers!
Comic book covers based upon famous images, from other comics or elsewhere, are commonly referred to as “homage covers”. As the term implies, homage covers pay tribute to revered “touchstones” of comic book, pop cultural or even “real world” historical imagery. They also provide a sense of fun and community, as seasoned fans recognize the visual as the hat-tip, the nod, the gentle satire or the arcane “in-joke” knowledge it was intended to be.
One of the most prevalent homage cover themes is sometimes referred to as the Pieta Cover, a reference to Michelangelo’s famed Pieta sculpture. Depicting the body of Jesus Christ in the arms of his mother Mary, the Pieta conveys a sense of quiet grief and profound helplessness in the face of death.
Which begs the question: “What better image to exploit and slap onto dozens of superhero comic books?”
Of course, the most famous of the Pieta homage covers was Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 (1985), depicting a grief-stricken Superman cradling the dead body of his cousin Supergirl as a throng of helpless superheroes looks on.
Crisis #7, in turn, inspired dozens more homage covers, though many more Pieta Covers came before it. Without further ado (or commentary), I present the Pieta Cover Gallery. Click on the link below and enjoy....