In August, Dark Nights: Metal will hit stores from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, featuring this recently revealed first issue cover:
The cover is one Capullo says he had to “fight DC over,” and though he didn’t reveal why, we have to assume it’s because the cover, which uses the Justice League members in the shape of a hand making the devil horns gesture, is a potential violation of the recently filed trademark for that gesture by Gene Simmons.
But the notoriously greed KISS co-founder isn’t the only one who could potentially stake a claim to the idea behind the cover. Using members of the Justice League as fingers is a concept that dates all the way back to 1962, when Felix Faust made his first comic book appearance in Justice League of America #10:
Faust isn’t make devil horns in the picture, probably because Gene Simmons hadn’t invented the gesture yet, but cover artist Murphy Anderson is clearly representing the members of the Justice League as fingers, just like on Dark Nights: Metal #1.
So we’ll leave it up to you, the readers, to decide:
Separated at Birth: Metal #1 cover and Justice League of America #10
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