Separated At Birth – Francesco Mattina's Deathstroke and Ben Oliver's Lobo

There have been quite a few comparisons made between Francesco Mattina's cover work for DC Comics and Marvel Comics of late. We ran quite a few over here. But, with the new DC Comics solicitations, there have been more.

Here is a Ben Oliver cover from 2015, for Lobo #4.

And this is the recently solicited cover to Deathstroke #42 by Francesco Mattina.

What do you reckon?

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.

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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