In the movie Logan (2017) there are a number of X-Men comic covers and pages.

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I looked up the cover to one issue (#132? The funeral cover) featured on-screen, and it did not match the cover I found online. I know there are sometimes "news-stand" covers and "direct-market" covers (not to mention variants). I was wondering if some or all of the comic book art was made for the movie, or if some was pre-existing.


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All of the comic covers were made specifically for the movie.

According to this interview with director James Mangold at Slashfilm,

Logan also incorporates the idea of X-Men comics in a really interesting way. So first of all, how many of those comics are actual comics that exist, and then how many did you make up? And second, how did the idea come to you?

We had to make them all. Marvel only agreed to let me do this as long as we didn’t use any real Marvel comics. So we made them all up. But they involved existing Marvel characters. But they just couldn’t be real Marvel comics. You’d have to go ask Marvel why.

Another article on The Verge reveals the covers were created by artist Dan Panosian with some interior art by Joe Quesada, and has quotes from Panosian on the assignment:

In all, Panosian created 10 fake covers for the comics used in the film, while “Joe Quesada penciled four pages that I inked / colored and lettered that you see featured throughout the film.”

He received open-ended directions on what the covers should look like. “The themes were easy to select,” he noted, because the films covered many of the same elements as the stories that he had grown up reading.

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    That's interesting. One wonders why Marvel would not allow their flagship film to use some comic covers. Commented Jul 9, 2017 at 16:25
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    @Gallifreyan Marvel likely doesn't consider Logan their flagship film, because Fox controls those rights, not Marvel alone. As I understand it, there's been other occasional incidents where Marvel's cooperation has been only partial or begrudging. Some people believe X-Men have been sidelined in comics storylines because they consider it "advertising for another company" to make really cool stories that Fox could later adapt. Commented Jul 9, 2017 at 16:29
  • Ah, I forgot the whole Fox vs. Marvel thing. Well, no harm done. Commented Jul 9, 2017 at 16:31
  • @Gallifreyan No harm done. Except for the fallout of the whole Fox vs. Marvel thing.
    – Peter M
    Commented Jul 9, 2017 at 16:56
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    I like, upvoted, and accepted your answer. Might I request you credit who the interview was with, beyond a link with slashfilm? It's nice to know who is being quoted without having to click through. I assumed James Mangold, but it's nice to know. Also, is this an intentional gap for comic/movie canons? This might be intentional... (rising organ music) Commented Jul 10, 2017 at 3:20

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