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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #155 New Mutants

09 Sep

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

New Mutants #39
New Mutants #39
May 1986
Art Adams with Bill Sienkiewicz
Steed & Mrs. Peel vol. 3 #0B
Steed & Mrs. Peel vol. 3 #0B
August 2012
Joshua Covey

On Ebay: New Mutants | Steed
On AtomicAvenue: New Mutants | Steed

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #154 Superman

05 Aug

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

The first appearance of Demolitia pays homage to the first appearance of Bloodsport.

Superman vol. II #4
Superman vol. II #4
April 1987
John Byrne
Action Comics #718
Action Comics #718
February 1996
Kieron Dwyer

On Ebay: Superman
On AtomicAvenue: Superman

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #153 Iron Man

27 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Iron Man #128 famously dealt with Tony Stark’s alcoholism – leave it to Deadpool to poke fun at such a serious issue.

Iron Man #128
Iron Man #128
November 1979
Bob Layton
Deadpool #7
Deadpool #7
June 2013
Kevin Macguire

On Ebay: Iron Man | Deadpool
On AtomicAvenue: Iron Man | Deadpool

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #152 Earth 4

06 May

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Before making a name for himself on X-Men in the 1970′s, John Byrne illustrated Doomsday +1, which was written by Joe Gill and published by Charlton. This post-Apocalyptic work was Byrne’s first original, color-comics series and it went on for six issues, initially. Actually, the first series ran for 12 issues but issues #7-12 just reprinted the first six issues. Continuity Comics launched Urth 4 in 1989 and, when their comic universe underwent a revival in 1993, it was retitled as Earth 4. The first issue of their new series seemed to pay homage to the last all-new issue of Doomsday +1.

Doomsday +1 #6
Doomsday +1 #6
May 1976
John Byrne
Earth 4 #1
Earth 4 #1
December 1993
 

On Ebay: Doomsday | Earth 4
On AtomicAvenue: Doomsday | Earth 4

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #151 Lady Death

29 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Wow! It’s kind of hard to believe that next year is Lady Death’s 25th anniversary! In the Lady Death: Alive mini-series, she finds herself mortal and in human form. The cover to issue #1 is modeled after the very first issue of Lady Death and provides a nice contrast between her original and human forms.

Lady Death #1
Lady Death #1
January 1994
Steven Hughes
Lady Death: Alive #1
Lady Death: Alive #1
May 2001
Ivan Reis

On Ebay: Lady Death
On AtomicAvenue: Lady Death

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #150 X-Men

15 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #22 was renamed ALL-NEW SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

X-Men #125
X-Men #125
September 1979
Dave Cockrum
All-New Skullkickers #1
All-New Skullkickers #1
June 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: X-Men | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: X-Men | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #149 Fantastic Four

01 Apr

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Fantastic Four #109
Fantastic Four #109
April 1971
John Buscema
FF vol. II #7
FF vol. II #7
July 2013
Mike Allred

On Ebay: Fantastic Four | FF
On AtomicAvenue: Fantastic Four | FF

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #148 Thor

25 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #21 was renamed MIGHTY SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Thor #337
Thor #337
November 1983
Walter Simonson
Mighty Skullkickers #1
Mighty Skullkickers #1
April 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Thor | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Thor | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #147 Wolverine

11 Mar

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #20 was renamed SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Savage Wolverine #1
Savage Wolverine #1
March 2013
Frank Cho
Savage Skullkickers #1
Savage Skullkickers #1
March 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: Wolverine | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine | Skullkickers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #146 Green Lantern

25 Feb

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #23 was renamed DARK SKULLKICKERS DARK and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

Green Lantern #85
Green Lantern #85
September 1971
Neal Adams
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1
July 2013
 

On Ebay: Green Lantern | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: Green Lantern | Skullkickers