Earlier this week, longstanding Green Lantern artist and Comicsgater Ethan Van Sciver revealed his cover for fellow Comicsgater Richard Meyer's crowdfunded comic Jawbreakers: GØd-K1ng.
The image of the central antagonist in Van Sciver's book in the back looked a little familiar to come, compared to work by another famed Green Lantern artist Daryl Banks, from the first appearance of Hal Jordan as Parallax in pinup form, in the pages of Green Lantern Vol 3 #50. Looking like this.
How close are Bank's Green Lantern and Van Sciver's Jawbreakers: GØd-K1ng? And what do you think? Swipe? Homage? Coincidence? Let's take a look at them both side by side. Like this.
Would placing one above the other help at all? Merging them together a little, something like this? Does this make it more clear or less clear?
Let us know in the comments if you have a clue. Even if you don't have a clue. Just tap keys at random, we're not fussy.
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.