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Comic covers of ‘Future Past’: homages to ‘Uncanny X-Men’ #141 [Updated]

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The release of the time-travel arc “Days of Future Past” in 1980′s Uncanny X-Men #141-142 opened a broad door for comic stories of heroes from the future traveling to prevent the wrongs of their past — and our future. And artists have, time and time again, paid tribute to John Byrne and Terry Austin’s cover for Issue 141 showing a gray-haired Wolverine and an older Kitty Pryde — Kate Pryde, in this instance — with their back against a wall of wanted posters.

Here’s a look at the origin and some homages to that classic image from sources ranging from superhero titles to manga to webcomics.

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cool.

would have been nice to have included the years in which the homage covers appeared

Great Collection, but WHAT IF …Conan walked the Earth today (WHAT IF 13), dates from 1978.
It predates the Days of Future Past (1980), so it isn’t an homage to Uncanny X-Men # 141.
Maybe it is an inspiration.

I really don’t see the Icarus cover fitting, it’s floating pictures not a person in a spotlight up against a wall of wanted posters.

In addition to adding the years of the covers like Derek suggested, why not other details like the artist(s) who made it? Also, why not have the links behind each mini-cover lead DIRECTLY to the Big and/or Main image of that particular, instead of going to another CBR page that has the same-sized or slightly larger image that THEN links to the Main solo image? Save the internet viewer a bit of time & CBR a bit of bytes &/or bandwidth.

That NIGHTWING # 21 cover is actually a double homage, and none of them is the X-Men cover.

The background image on the wall is obviously from Miller’s DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (signature even says “after FM”), while Nightwing’s pose I am pretty sure can be traced back to another Byrne’s job, an IRON FIST opening splash page.

They really should have made this the cover of the new movie (xmen first class sequel). Missed opportunity, I think.

Funny thing is, John Byrnes cover is an homage itself, to the 1978 cover by John Buscema and Ernie Chan “What If Conan walked the earth today?”. Its the same concept only with the addition of the X-Men wanted posters on the wall.

“Funny thing is, John Byrnes cover is an homage itself, to the 1978 cover by John Buscema and Ernie Chan “What If Conan walked the earth today?”. Its the same concept only with the addition of the X-Men wanted posters on the wall.”

Not really. Byrne’s cover actually is kinda self-plagiarizm. It’s based on an opening page of “Iron Fist” (can’t remember issue number, but it was about ’77) drawn by Byrne. Instead of posters of X-Men, there was newpaper page about Iron Fist being wanted for murder or something.

I’m waiting for someone’s wedding invitations to be modeled on X-Men #141′s cover.

I like this collection (all you’re missing is the New 52 Parody with Wally West & Donna Troy) because just it’s a spotlight against a wall or standing in front of a wanted poster doesn’t make it an homage, because those were used loonnnng before X-Men #141.

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