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November 6, 2012

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #136 Justice League

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 6:00 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 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


  1. This was also swiped for Hero Alliance #15 and Justice League Europe #11

    Comment by Purple Hayes — October 8, 2015 @ 3:31 pm

  2. If I’m not mistaken, Erik may have done the layout for the JLA cover, and since I was Inking the Book at the time, I was slated to Ink it. Then behind my back and without telling me, Helfer gave it to Terry to Ink. I was a little pissed, mostly because I was finding out that Andy was not to be trusted,but I couldn’t complain too much since Terry did such a great job… so, as a bit of a Joke, Erik asked me if I wanted to Ink the JLA cover that Terry had already Inked and I was confused… then he showed me this. Funtime!

    Comment by Al Gordon — June 6, 2016 @ 10:38 am

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