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
Dark Skullkickers Dark #1