Crisis #7 – Death of Supergirl Cover Homages

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The cover for Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 shown above became something of an instant classic and has been copied or referenced time and time again by both DC comics and those of other companies. As powerful as it is, though, it’s not completely original as there are a few that are close enough to it in terms of composition – the grieving hero holding the fallen hero in their arms – that actually pre-date it.

Here are the ones I either own copies of or have found on the net in various places.

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Part of the Blackest Night crossover, that’s an undead Alex Luthor Jr holding Superboy-Prime.

Interior art from Adventures Of Superman #649, part of the Infinite Crisis crossover.
Interior art from Adventures Of Superman #649, part of the Infinite Crisis crossover.

A direct homage in the style of the DC Animated Universe.
A direct homage in the style of the DC Animated Universe.

A Robot Chicken variant cover for a 2014 issue of Batman.
A Robot Chicken variant cover for a 2014 issue of Batman.

A Buffy the Vampire Slayer cover.
A Buffy the Vampire Slayer cover.

A Simpsons Comic Book Guy homage, even down to the font of the title!
A Simpsons Comic Book Guy homage, even down to the font of the title!

A loose homage as the fallen/grieving heroes are facing away from us.
A loose homage as the fallen/grieving heroes are facing away from us.

Not a homage but the original cover but with the background heroes coloured individually.
Not a homage but the original cover but with the background heroes coloured individually.

A signed poster with the heroes individually coloured that I found on eBay. The auction had ended by the time I found it, sadly.
A signed poster with the heroes individually coloured that I found on eBay. The auction had ended by the time I found it, sadly.

An entry from the Line it is Drawn at CBR, the topic here was mashing up Shakespeare and comic heroes. Art by Steve Howard.
An entry from the Line it is Drawn at CBR, the topic here was mashing up Shakespeare and comic heroes. Art by Steve Howard.

This is one of those that predates Crisis #7 by a couple of years. Worth including if only for the gorgeous Gil Kane art.
This is one of those that predates Crisis #7 by a couple of years. Worth including if only for the gorgeous Gil Kane art.

A Deadpool and Cable homage.
A Deadpool and Cable homage.

Peter David's Fallen Angel's lead character was all but confirmed to have been his version of Supergirl.
Peter David’s Fallen Angel’s lead character was all but confirmed to have been his version of Supergirl.

Interior art from Final Crisis #6 with Batman having just been killed.
Interior art from Final Crisis #6 with Batman having just been killed.

Another Infinite Crisis crossover, this time with Firestorm.
Another Infinite Crisis crossover, this time with Firestorm.

A prop from the Fringe TV series set in an alternate world where, as you can see, it was Superman who died in the Crisis.
A prop from the Fringe TV series set in an alternate world where, as you can see, it was Superman who died in the Crisis.

GI Joe mourns a fallen comrade.
GI Joe mourns a fallen comrade.

Interior art from Infinite Crisis #5 where Earth-2’s Lois Lane has just died.
Interior art from Infinite Crisis #5 where Earth-2’s Lois Lane has just died.

Interior art from JSA #9 with the Kingdom Come Superman arriving in the DCU holding Starman's body.
Interior art from JSA #9 with the Kingdom Come Superman arriving in the DCU holding Starman’s body.

The Last Days Of Animal Man mini-series with cover art by Brian Bolland.
The Last Days Of Animal Man mini-series with cover art by Brian Bolland.

Major Bummer #12, a DC title unusual in that it was separate from the main DCU.
Major Bummer #12, a DC title unusual in that it was separate from the main DCU.

Mighty Mouse #4; I've hunted high and low to get a better resolution copy of this cover but no luck.
Mighty Mouse #4

Ninja High School 11 . . . which is about as much as I know about this one.
Ninja High School #11

A Scribblenauts variant cover.
A Scribblenauts variant cover.

Cover to Shadowhawk #5, an Image series.
Cover to Shadowhawk #5, an Image series.

Supergirl holding Supergirl.
Supergirl holding Supergirl.

This is the Matrix Supergirl holding the alien called Draaga.
This is the Matrix Supergirl holding the alien called Draaga.

Another cover that predates Crisis #7 but is close enough to include.
Another cover that predates Crisis #7 but is close enough to include.

Even the all-ages friendly Tiny Titans get in on the homages!
Even the all-ages friendly Tiny Titans get in on the homages!

A Tom Strong homage.
A Tom Strong homage.

This one predates Crisis #7, too, but like the others is close enough to count.
This one predates Crisis #7, too, but like the others is close enough to count.

A loose homage but close enough, the Stars and Stripes substituting for the fallen hero.
A loose homage but close enough, the Stars and Stripes substituting for the fallen hero.

A Valor cover homage.
A Valor cover homage.

Cover to Witchblade #128.
Cover to Witchblade #128.

Interior art from Young Justice #35.
Interior art from Young Justice #35.

A loose homage in the interior art from Zero Hour #4.
A loose homage in the interior art from Zero Hour #4.

Interior art from Justice League United #3
Interior art from Justice League United #3

Another picture from the Line it is Drawn, this time by Rachel Ordway.
Another picture from the Line it is Drawn, this time by Rachel Ordway.

Screen shot from Series 2, Episode 10 of Justice League United
Screen shot from Series 2, Episode 10 of Justice League United

Interior art from Justice League International #7
Interior art from Justice League International #7

Not a homage but a house ad from Justice League of America #242
Not a homage but a house ad from Justice League of America #242

Not really a homage but the wrap-around art from the Collected Edition.
Not really a homage but the wrap-around art from the Collected Edition.

George Perez, artist of the original, cosplays perhaps his most famous cover.
George Perez, artist of the original, cosplays perhaps his most famous cover.

Cover from Obnoxio The Clown vs The X-Men. This is another issue that pre-dates COIE #7
Cover from Obnoxio The Clown vs The X-Men. This is another issue that pre-dates COIE #7

Cover of Superbabe #2, a German comic.
Cover of Superbabe #2, a German comic.

Batman Brave and The Bold Series 2, Episode 21 with batman holding GI Robot
Batman Brave and The Bold Series 2, Episode 21 with Batman holding GI Robot

Not a homage but the cover of the digital version.
Not a homage but the cover of the digital version.

Interior art from Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 with the young Superman holding Lois Lane.
Interior art from Flashpoint: Project Superman #3 with the young Superman holding Lois Lane.

An actual Crisis cross over homage! Infinity Inc #20.
An actual Crisis cross over homage! Infinity Inc #20.

Another cover that predates COIE #7, this one from Legion of Superheroes #296.
Another cover that predates COIE #7, this one from Legion of Superheroes #296.

Kevin Smith directed an episode of Supergirl and had this art commissioned for a commemorative T-shirt.
Kevin Smith directed an episode of Supergirl and had this art commissioned for a commemorative T-shirt, featuring his character Silent Bob holding Supergirl.

The 2016 Supergirl TV show released this promo image.
The 2016 Supergirl TV show released this promo image.

And here's a screen grab of the actual scene in the Supergirl series.
And here’s a screen grab of the actual scene in the Supergirl series.

This predates the original but is close enough to count.
This predates the original but is close enough to count.

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Another Batman: The Brave And The Bold image, this time from Series 3, Episode 4 with Captain marvel cradling Batman.

Superman #14 with Superman holding the Red Son Superman.
Superman #14 with Superman holding the Red Son Superman.