Separated At Birth – Doctor Doom and Cocaine Bear

The story of Cocaine Bear is a simple one. A photograph of a grizzly bear in the snow was posted anonymously on back in 2009. In 2010, it was used as part of the then-popular "I F-cking Love Cocaine" meme images and gained considerable inline presence and notoriety. In early 2011, actor Charlie Sheen's public meltdown also became a popular subject of "white-dusted face" comedy trope, with some vertical comics combining Charlie Sheen with the Cocaine Bear. And now? He's made it to Salvador Larocca and Doctor Doom #7. Here's the memed image:

Separated At Birth - Doctor Doom and Cocaine Bear
Cocaine Bear meme.

And here's the page from Doctor Doom #7 by Salvador Larocca.

Separated At Birth - Doctor Doom and Cocaine Bear
Doctor Doom #7 by Salvador Larocca.

Might this explain why Doctor Doom has to have a metal nose? And what happened to his face?

(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
Doctor Doom returns to Latveria, out for revenge on those who stole his throne away from him. With the help of his remaining allies and one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, he'll work to expose and destroy the conspirators working against him. But the black hole on the moon is growing critical, and Doom's brilliant mind may be the only one that can stop catastrophe that will wreak havoc throughout the entire solar system. Still, Doom isn't one to just offer a friendly hand… If the people of Earth want his help, he's going to make them beg for it.
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Separated At Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented 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 trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done.

The Swipe File didn't judge; it was 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.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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