Everybody knows the old saying about not judging a book by its cover. It is a great idiom to use in everyday life, but when it comes to an industry as deeply based in visuals as comic books, a cover can be the defining factor for sales. That is the reason that there have been tons of covers, regardless of the quality of the actual comic itself, that have become iconic and even have an identity outside of the comics industry.
The truer saying that comes from the inked world of comics is that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. That can range from copying someone's art style, utilizing the same characters they did or, for sake of this gallery, paying respects to classic comic book covers.
Be it in parody, satire or as a heartfelt homage to connect to the past, Marvel Comics has a laundry list of iconic covers spanning their entire history. From Jack Kirby to John Byrne to even Todd McFarlane, these masters of the crafts have influenced creators from every company in the industry to ape these covers.