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If you watch Fringe, you might have caught sight, in the last episode, of some alternate-universe versions of some iconic DC comics covers. If you missed it, or don't watch Fringe, worry not...DC put them up on the DCU blog.

First - Red Lantern/Red Arrow is a reference to Green Lantern #76:

Not much difference, although Reis modernized the costumes. But both the original being referenced and the fact that it's NOT that cover are pretty obvious, which, given it's use as a quick visual reference is essential.

And anyone else think it's a pity that Roy's going back to Arsenal, since Red Lantern Red Arrow would be a great title to use in current continuity? >_>

Batman 75 is an interesting one. Obviously it's the Death of Batman, and based on Superman 75.

But it's not based on the cover, itself:

No, it's based on the armband that came with it, and the bag the whole deal was packaged in. Which can be seen here, and is far more iconic, I think.

Next comes Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, based on...Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.

The alternate-universe version might have been better - or at least more time-consistent - with Kara in the same 80s-tastic costume she was wearing at the time in the real world. (Although, I do find it interesting that it's a mixture of her current one, and that one.)

The next two, the real covers are pinched from comics.org, thus the size. Sorry.

Next up is Justice League #1. Based on...JL #1.

Jonah Hex is an interesting replacement for Guy. Like the Crisis cover, some of the more modern aspects - particularly the colouring - is a little jarring, and I kind of wish they'd mixed up the membership, or costuming a bit more - have Dinah in her original costume, or her modern one...have Mary Marvel instead of Billy...that sort of thing. Not too much to make it not recognizable at a glance, but enough to make it look a little more different at a quick look.

And The Man of Steel Returns, based, of course, on The Dark Knight Returns.

And this is done like I wish the JL cover had - it's a MAJOR change, easily noticeable at a glance (keeping the colour in his cape and S-shield help), but it also retains the elements that make the iconic reference obvious.

All-in-all a nice little 'thing' and well executed.

Oh, lord, tags...

publisher: DC, char: Superman/Clark Kent, char: Supergirl/Kara Zor-El, char: Batman/Bruce Wayne, char: Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, char: Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, group: Justice League International
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