Swipe File: Superman Unchained And Rick Veitch's Maximortal

In the nineties, Rick Veitch published the incredible Maximortal, a follow up to his successful Brat Pack series. It told the story of True-Man from two different directions, one the goddess who gave birth to him on Earth, the kindly couple who adopted the infant – one tortured and killed by the young True-Man, before going on a rampage decapitating much of the town before being captured by the military.

And two comic creators who created a True-Man comic, only to be conned and ripped off, placed in poverty by their gangster publishing boss who took credit for the character.

While the military dropped the True-Man they had recovered onto Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Like this.

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And then from last month's Superman Unchained #1…


Though I wonder if Scott Snyder and Jim Lee went through anything like this?


Though they probably don't feel too much like this…


In Swipe File we present two or more images that resemble each other to some degree. They may be homages, parodies, ironic appropriations, coincidences or works of the lightbox. We trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself? If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's interested more in the process of creation, how work influences other work, how new work comes from old, and sometimes how the same ideas emerge simultaneously, as if their time has just come. The Swipe File was named after the advertising industry habit where writers and artist collect images and lines they admire to inspire them in their work. It was swiped from the Comic Journal who originally ran this column, as well as the now defunct Swipe Of The Week website.

About Rich Johnston

Head writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world. Living in London, father of two. Political cartoonist.

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