Separated At Birth: Sean Galloway, Philip Murphy and Spider-Man

Separated At Birth: Comic book artist Sean Galloway posts to Facebook, saying "Being inspired by my art is one thing and I do take it as a form of flattery. However, someone getting paid to do an official cover by ripping off a pose from my Spider-man exploration I did a few years ago is upsetting." Here is that Spider-Man layout.

Separated At Birth: Sean Galloway and Spider-man
Separated At Birth: Sean Galloway's Spider-Man

And this is Phil Galloway's cover to Marvel Action: Spider-Man #2 published by IDW this past Wednesday.

Separated At Birth: Sean Galloway and Spider-man
Separated At Birth: Phil Galloway's Spider-Man

Compare that Spider-Man's pose with the top left one by Sean. You can see why he might be a little perturbed.

MARVEL ACTION SPIDER-MAN #2
IDW PUBLISHING
OCT200432
(W) Sarah Graley, Stef Purenins (A/CA) Philip Murphy
Something smells funny at Oscorp School of Technology, and it's not just the slop they serve in the lunchroom! But if Spidey's going to get to the bottom of things, he'll have to figure out who his friends are… and who has something to hide! A tangled web will be weaved in this adventure from writers Sarah Graley and Stef Purenins and artist Philip Murphy (Star Trek vs. Transformers, Powerpuff Girls).In Shops: May 12, 2021 SRP: $3.99

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 artists 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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