I’m going through my Post-Crisis on Infinite Earths run of Superman again.  I haven’t read those books in a while and I like to reacquaint myself with them every few years.  Not only is this my favorite era for the character but re-reading those books bring back a lot of good memories.

Plus, I just wanted to, which is the best reason to in my opinion.

The next issue that’s on deck to be read is Superman (vol. 2) #28.

Superman (Vol. 2) #28

This issue kicked off the Exile story arc, which is flat out my all-time favorite Superman story ever.  Love that story.  I’ll get into the whys and wherefores later but something on the cover caught my eye.  Something I had literally never noticed before, which is kind of odd really because I bought this issue off the rack when it was first published.

Here’s what I noticed.

Issue 28 Cover Signature

The “After Steranko” thing just got me curious.  Curious in a way that makes it rather annoying that I had to go to work.  When I got home I did a little research (read: I typed “Steranko covers” into the Google search bar and clicked “Go”) and found the Steranko cover that Kerry Gammil and Dennis Janke were paying homage too.

Nick Fury #6

Now that’s a neat cover.  I have never been a huge fan of Steranko but I like his work and I respect what he brought to the table.

I scanned the cover to Superman #28.  I copied the Nick Fury cover from the Grand Comic Database because, well, I don’t own it.

Mystery solved.  I can sleep peacefully tonight knowing the origin of one of my favorite Superman covers.

And now you know too and knowing, of course, is…something.

More to follow…

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  1. Great post, man!

    That Nick Fury cover is also one of my all-time faves… Never knew there was a Superman connection.

    I have that issue, too. Now I want to go dig it out. Damn you. 🙂

    P.S. The blog looks great!

  2. Jeffrey Taylor says:

    I LOVE that story when Superman exiled himself into space. All the dangling story threads from the pocket universe and sleep-crime fighting as Gangbuster came to a head in such a cool way, and the entire space story was awesome.

    Good memories.

  3. The Irredeemable Shag says:

    I’ve seen both the Superman and Nick Fury covers a bunch of times, but never put together the connection. Very cool!

    Unfortunately, I came into the post-Crisis Superman just after the “Exile” story. I’ve never read it, but am familiar with it due to all the references throughout the 90s in other Superman titles.

    The Irredeemable Shag

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