Paging Messrs. Nowlan and Rivoche…
I am a sucker for cover homages. And not the obvious ones you see all the time like Action Comics #1 or Amazing Fantasy #15. I’m talking the ones that your more learned fans recognize.
Like Kevin Nowlan’s variant cover this week for Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #14:
This baby is an homage to a Gil Kane/Sid Greene job from 1968:
And Paul Rivoche has gotten into the act with Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern from Boom! and DC, too, though his choices most definitely veer to the iconic. For Issue #1, we got a send-up of Showcase #22 — Hal Jordan’s first appearance.
For issues #2 and #3, we’re getting:
Silver and Bronze Age gems all.
While Rivoche is expected to fill out that miniseries, I’m not sure if Nowlan is doing more of these. I hope so. So much so that I have 13 suggestions for both of them. Though Rivoche has wisely included Neal Adams’ classic Bronze Age work, I’ve made all my picks from Gil Kane’s Silver Age output (save one). Why? They’re sillier. There’s an over-the-top quality to them that I think would be fun to see redone.
Besides, you can always check out the NEAL ADAMS MONTH Index for all the great cover homages produced by Adams and a coterie of A-List artists — including Nowlan. (Click here. Really, you want to do that.)
Cover images and credits from the emerald-hued Grand Comics Database.