Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Is Star Wars #70 a Batman #9 Homage?

Batman #9 has a cover that has seen its fair share of homages over the years.  (For the record, this image was taken from the Internet and I do not own this comic.)

Batman #9 - DC Comics, U.S. (February-March 1942)
The cover shows Batman and Robin in a yellow spotlight against a black background.  Both appear to be startled as Batman lifts his cape to cover himself while Robin does the same with his hand.  It is a simple, yet powerful image, and it is easy to see why other artist would reference this classic artwork.

Whenever I see the cover for Star Wars #70, I am reminded of Batman #9.

Star Wars #70a - Marvel Comics, U.S. (April 1983)
The cover has the main character, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, and R2-D2 in a red spotlight.  The background is a pockmarked side of a building and a shadow in the foreground portends an approaching menace.  While none of the characters have a cape to lift, they do look startled and both Leia and C-3PO have their hands raised.

I'm inclined to believe this is a homage to Batman #9 despite the myriad of differences.  The spotlight appears to be coming from the same angle, the background is sparse, and the characters are startled.  It might not be overt, but I believe the artist Tom Palmer, at least subconsciously, reference that classic cover when creating this artwork.

What do you think?  Is the cover for Star Wars #70 a homage to the Batman #9 cover?

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