Thursday, June 25, 2009

When movies and comics collide - inspired by the Eighties...

Regular visitors to Jason in Hollywood know that I'm a big fan of both comic books and movies and so I was reminded the other day when I posted the Marvel Comics 70th Anniversary 'decade' variant covers, that there were other super-cool examples of homages to movie pop culture in the comic book world.

Some of my favourite examples are from the front covers of ex-teen superhero support group, The Loners. This spin-off from L.A. based comic team, Runaways, were formerly known as 'Excelsior' (until some legal problems forced them to change their name).

The six issue limited series of The Loners featured cover art by artist, Jason Pearson, and referenced classic 1980's teen movie posters.

The Loners Issue 1 cover:
Breakfast Club movie homage
Loners issue 1 Breakfast club cover
Breakfast Club movie poster
So first up the Loners characters Phil Urich (former Green Goblin IV), Darkhawk and Turbo (ex-New Warriors), Ricochet (former Slingers member) and Lightspeed (of Power Pack fame) emulate the five high school students from the infamous 1985 movie, The Breakfast Club, played by 'Brat Pack' members Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald.

Loners Issue 2 cover:
Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie homage
Loners 2 Ferris Bueller's Day Off cover
Ferris Bueller's Day Off movie poster
In a tribute to Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller's Day Off from 1986, Loner Ricochet strikes a similar cocky pose.

Loners Issue 3 cover:
Pretty in Pink movie homage
Loners 3 Pretty in Pink cover
Pretty in Pink movie posterThe 1986 movie Pretty in Pink is the inspiration for the third Loners cover featuring Turbo, Spider-Woman III and Lightspeed imitating Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer.

Loners Issue 4 cover:
Weird Science movie homage
Loners 4 Weird Science cover
Weird Science movie poster
Next up is 1985 movie Weird Science starring Anthony Michael Hall and IIan Mitchell-Smith as the teen nerds who create the 'perfect woman' in the form of Kelly LeBrock. On this cover Turbo, Hollow (formerly Penance of Generation X) and Darkhawk help to pay homage to this classic movie poster.

Loners Issue 5 cover:
Some Kind Of Wonderful movie homage
Loners 5 Some Kind of Wonderful cover
Some kind of Wonderful movie poster
For the fifth Loners cover Darkhawk, Turbo and Phil Urich recreate the Some Kind Of Wonderful movie poster from 1987 featuring Eric Stolz, Lea Thompson and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Loners Issue 6 cover:
Sixteen Candles movie homage
Loners 6 Sixteen Candles cover
Sixteen Candles movie poster
Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald and Michael Schoeffling starred in 1984's Sixteen Candles and provide the inspiration for the final Loners mini-series cover featuring Ricochet, Lightspeed and Turbo.

Wow, how's that for a pop culture history lesson? And just how many 80's movies was Molly Ringwald in anyway?

I hope you enjoyed that little nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Right I'm off to listen to some 80's Madonna, Tiffany, Bangles and Belinda Carlisle tunes...

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