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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

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #131 Spider-Man

02 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 set of 1970s inspired variant covers. The Amazing Spider-Man variant swiped the recent cover design with Obama, swapping him for President Nixon. Sharp eyes will notice that Spidey’s costume has changed into an unbuttoned collared shirt and the logo has acquired a “groovier” design.

Amazing Spider-Man #583 Obama variant
Amazing Spider-Man #583
March 2009
Phil Jimenez
Amazing Spider-Man #599 Nixon variant
Amazing Spider-Man #599
September 2009
Phil Jimenez

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

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #130 New Mutants

25 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.

Deadpool famously debuted in the New Mutants #98. 21 years later, Antarctic Press asked: What do you get when you cross Deadpool with Winnie the Pooh?

the New Mutants #98
the New Mutants #98
February 1991
Rob Liefeld
Dead Pooh #1
Dead Pooh #1
March 2012
Marat Mychaels

On Ebay: Deadpool | New Mutants
On AtomicAvenue: Deadpool | New Mutants

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #129 Bloodshot

18 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.

Bloodshot was one of Valiant’s all new creations that starred in his own rather successful ongoing series. ValiantFans.com estimates that this issue had a print run of 850,000! So, it stands to reason that Parody Press would jump on board with a spoof that very same year. Consider, if Parody sold just 5% of the 850K, they’d sell over 40,000 comics! Not a bad venture….

Bloodshot #1
Bloodshot #1
February 1993
Barry Windsor-Smith
Bloodyhot #1
Bloodyhot #1
1993
Tatsuya Ishida

On Ebay: Bloodshot
On AtomicAvenue: Bloodshot

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #128 Superman

11 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.

The rematch between Guy Gardner and Superman is a direct swipe of their first battle. Although, it should be mentioned that the first battle (in #688) was between Guy and the Eradicator (who was posing as Superman). At that time, Superman was “dead” but don’t you worry! He came back … with a mullet.

Superman vol. II #123
Superman vol. II #123
May 1997
Ron Frenz
Mr. Myxzptlk (Villains) #1
Mr. Myxzptlk (Villains) #1
February 1998
Jason Pearson
Superman vol. II #149
Superman vol. II #149
October 1999
Ron Frenz

On Ebay: Superman
On AtomicAvenue: Superman

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #127 Power Man

04 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.

With Power Man #50, Iron Fist joined in as the co-lead for the series. It was a momentous occasion and the duo enjoyed 75 more issues before they were finally cancelled in the 1980s.

Power Man & Iron Fist #50
Power Man & Iron Fist #50
April 1978
Dave Cockrum
New Avengers #57 (Super Hero Squad Variant)
New Avengers #57
November 2009
Super Hero Squad Variant

On Ebay: Power Man | Avengers
On AtomicAvenue: Power Man | Avengers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #126 Infinity Gauntlet

28 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.

After Thanos collected the six Infinity Gems in Thanos Quest, he wreaked havoc by killing nearly half of the universe in the Infinity Gauntlet.

the Infinity Gauntlet #1
the Infinity Gauntlet #1
July 1991
George Perez
New Avengers: Illuminati vol. II #2
New Avengers: Illuminati vol. II #2
March 2007
Jimmy Cheung

On Ebay: Infinity Gauntlet | Avengers
On AtomicAvenue: Infinity Gauntlet | Avengers

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #125 Nick Fury

21 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.

Keith Pollard pays homage to a classic Astonishing Tales cover by Rich Buckler.

Astonishing Tales #36
Astonishing Tales #36
July 1976
Rich Buckler
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. vol. III #6
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. vol. III #6
December 1989
Keith Pollard

On Ebay: Astonishing Tales | Nick Fury
On AtomicAvenue: Astonishing Tales | Nick Fury