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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
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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
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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

 

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
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