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March 24, 2015

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #158 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 12:00 pm

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 Moon is the second film in the Twilight Saga movie franchise. The cover to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36 pays homage to the movie poster.

Twilight Saga: New Moon movie poster
Twilight Saga: New Moon
2009
movie poster
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36
September 2010
Georges Jeanty

On Ebay: Twilight | Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Twilight | Buffy

March 17, 2015

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #157 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 12:00 pm

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.

After the events of the Dark Phoenix Saga, wherein Jean Grey is killed off, Cyclops left the team in X-Men #138. The cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35 pays homage to this milestone issue.

Uncanny X-Men #138
X-Men #138
October 1980
John Byrne
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35
May 2010
Georges Jeanty

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

March 10, 2015

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #156 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 12:00 pm

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.

These days it’s hard to think of Spider-Man villains without the Green Goblin coming to mind but, there was a time when the Goblin wasn’t very important to the Spidey mythos. The original Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #14 and was killed off in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His son, Harry, adopted the Goblin mantle in Amazing Spider-Man #136 and, in Amazing Spider-Man #176 (cover date: 1978), Harry’s psychiatrist Barton Hamilton became the third Goblin. For the next five years, the Spider-Man books were Goblin-free! That is, until Amazing Spider-Man #238 (cover date: 1983), when the Hobgoblin debuted.

Initially, the identity of this Goblin was unknown and was an important running subplot of the series for the following five years. Finally, Hobgoblin’s identity was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #289 (cover date: 1987). The cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33 pays homage to this milestone issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #289
Amazing Spider-Man #289
June 1987
Tom Morgan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33
March 2010
Georges Jeanty

On Ebay: Spider-Man | Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man | Buffy

September 9, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #155 New Mutants

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 10:09 am

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

August 5, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #154 Superman

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:00 am

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

May 27, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #153 Iron Man

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 9:22 am

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

May 6, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #152 Earth 4

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:00 am

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

April 29, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #151 Lady Death

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:00 am

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

April 15, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #150 X-Men

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 11:46 am

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

April 1, 2014

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #149 Fantastic Four

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 10:18 am

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

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