Separated At Birth: Rob Liefeld & Ryan Stegman, Wolverine & Stryfe

Comic book creator and star of Substack Ryan Stegman posted an image to Twitter. "A cover I did for X Deaths of Wolverine #5! With inks by @JPMayer_and colors by @martegracia … " with the cover image below, before adding some additional explanation.

Rob Liefeld Accuses Ryan Stegman Of Swiping Stryfe
Future Wolverine by Ryan Stegman

He added "The concept of this cover was that Marvel asked me to draw a futuristic Wolverine. I have a pitch for a story for Marvel that I haven't had a ton of time to pursue so I drew it here. The general idea is that Wolverine dies at the beginning of the story. Then the Norns at the base [of] Yggdrasil in Asgard get an urgent warning that they must resurrect this new spirit. But they look at this Logan character's history and are like, 'Why this guy? From all, we can tell he's a bad guy.' But the entity that brings him insists that they must because he plays a huge role in the salvation of the entire multiverse. They finally agree to resurrect him in a bubble in Asgard in which they will put him through trials of heroism in order to prove he is worthy of resurrection. Will he make it? Well, I guess if I ever make the book we will find out."

But Rob Liefeld saw some similarities to one of his own creations. He posted "Stryfe looks amazing here!" "More context… "I gave them a Stryfe drawing and said, hey it's future Wolverine, and they said – cool!"" as well as posting the following photo of Stryfe with himself reflected in the pane behind.

Separated At Birth: Rob Liefeld & Ryan Stegman, Wolverine & Stryfe
Rob Liefeld & Stryfe by Rob Liefeld

Rob did not dwell on any of the ironies, but it did make a refreshing change to be able to feature Rob making a complaint in this column. Not that he is overly complaining, he also subtweeted a response to responses to his response, saying "Typical attempt to try to paint someone as upset when the response is only laughter. Man, that is tired. This is why I podcast – my voice can't be misinterpreted in any way." Well, we would definitely never want to do that.

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 and 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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