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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #141 Terminator

14 Jan

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.

Terminator movie poster
the Terminator
1984
 
New X-Men #141
New X-Men #141
July 2003
Phil Jimenez

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

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #140 Warrior Nun

04 Dec

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.

Warrior Nun Areala debuted in Ninja High School #38 and went on to star in several of her own solo titles over the next two decades.

Warrior Nun Areala #1
Warrior Nun Areala #1
December 1994
Ben Dunn
Furrlough #37
Furrlough #37
January 1996

On Ebay: Warrior Nun | Furrlough
On AtomicAvenue: Warrior Nun Areala | Furrlough

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #139 Buffy

27 Nov

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.

Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired seven seasons from 1997 until 2003. A few years later, Whedon launched season eight as a comic series, published by Dark Horse Comics. That “season” concluded with issue #40, and was followed by Season Nine #1.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #1
March 2007
Jo Chen
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #40
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #40
January 2011
Jo Chen

On Ebay: Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Buffy

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #138 Doom Patrol

20 Nov

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 Vertigo series, Doom Patrol was relaunched in 2001 as a more straight-forward hero book. Well, straight-forward … for Doom Patrol, that is. The series was still very quirky and I was glad to see that it didn’t completely ignore what happened before. The last issue of this series swiped the first issue’s design.

Doom Patrol vol. III #1
Doom Patrol vol. III #1
December 2001
Tan Eng Huat
Doom Patrol vol. III #22
Doom Patrol vol. III #22
September 2003
Tan Eng Huat

On Ebay: Doom Patrol
On AtomicAvenue: Doom Patrol

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #137 Simpsons

13 Nov

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.

Simpsons Comics #4 utilized an “infinity cover” design by Matt Groening. Nine years later, they swiped their own cover!

the Simpsons #4
Simpsons Comics #4
May 1994
Matt Groening
the Simpsons #85
Simpsons Comics #85
August 2003
Matt Groening

On Ebay: Simpsons
On AtomicAvenue: Simpsons

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #136 Justice League

06 Nov

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 DeMatteis/Giffen/Maguire era of Justice League stories is a lot of fun. Early on, the story was building up towards a confrontation between Guy Gardner (at the height of his jerk-ishness) and Batman (who wasn’t going to tolerate Guy’s behavior). It culminated in issue #5 … famously! Around that same time, another confrontation was building in the pages of the Doom Patrol … less famously. This one was between Negative Man and Negative Woman. Going off of that similarity, Erik Larsen decided to pay homage to Kevin Maguire‘s cover.

Justice League #5
Justice League #5
September 1987
Kevin Maguire
the Doom Patrol vol. II #13
the Doom Patrol vol. II #13
October 1988
Erik Larsen

On Ebay: Justice League | Doom Patrol
On AtomicAvenue: Justice League | Doom Patrol

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #135 Savage Dragon

30 Oct

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 Savage Dragon covers bear a striking resemblance.

the Savage Dragon vol. II #1
the Savage Dragon vol. II #1
June 1993
Erik Larsen
the Savage Dragon vol. II #159
the Savage Dragon vol. II #159
April 2010
Erik Larsen

On Ebay: Savage Dragon
On AtomicAvenue: Savage Dragon

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #134 Spider-Man

23 Oct

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.

Marvel’s 2007 Free Comic Book offering was a new Spider-Man story by Dan Slott & Phil Jimenez. A year later, Jimenez utilized the same pose but replaced the hero with Daredevil.

Free Comic Book Day: Amazing Spider-Man 2007
Free Comic Book Day 2007: the Amazing Spider-Man
May 2007
Phil Jimenez
Amazing Spider-Man #566
Amazing Spider-Man #566
September 2008
Phil Jimenez

On Ebay: Spider-Man
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #133 Young Avengers

16 Oct

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.

In 2005, Allan Heinberg (writer for the O.C. & Grey’s Anatomy) created a new team of super-heroes: the Young Avengers. The team was initially comprised of Iron Lad, Patriot, Asgardian and Hulkling. Five years later, during Marvel’s Dark Reign, a new group of heroes (including the son of Princess Python) decided to use the name for themselves. You can imagine that the original Young Avengers (who were still using the name) weren’t too happy about that!

Young Avengers #1
Young Avengers #1
April 2005
Jimmy Cheung
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1
Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1
July 2009
Mark Brooks

On Ebay: Young Avengers
On AtomicAvenue: Young Avengers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #132 Wolverine

09 Oct

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.

In 2009, Marvel launched a series of Wolverine variant covers to coincide with the box office release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The variant of Amazing Spider-Man #590 swiped one of the famous Dogs Playing Poker paintings by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, entitled A Bold Bluff.

A Bold Bluff by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
A Bold Bluff
1909
Cassius Marcellus Coolidge
Amazing Spider-Man #590 Wolverine variant
Amazing Spider-Man #590
June 2009
 

On Ebay: Wolverine
On AtomicAvenue: Wolverine