Separated At Birth – Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca

The comparisons between Doctor Doom and Darth Vader are not exactly new ones. And with Star Wars artist Salvador Larocca now drawing Marvel Comics' Doctor Doom comic. It's not the first time that Salvador's work has appeared in Bleeding Cool's Separated At Birth – you may remember Cocaine Bear – but some folk will have more problems with this one.

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
Credit: Salvador Larocca

We get to see an alternate future version of Doctor Doom, and the peaceful galactic alliance he has helped build and maintain. Not and Empire, honest.

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
Credit: Salvador Larocca

But where did such a map come from? Could it have been a piece posted to grassroots creation site DeviantArt?

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
Credit: Offeye

This seems to be the original piece, a fan-made recreation of the Star Wars galaxy, zoomed in upon, from DeviantArt user Offeye. And if you can't quite see it yet…

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
Credit: Salvador Larocca

Let's do that tech bollocks thing that detectives say to their tech people in crime movies of TV shows. "Can you enhance it?" Well, I can. Or at least I can turn the contrast up.

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
Credit: Salvador Larocca

And that is an old DeviantArt watermark, smack bang in the middle of the galaxy.

Separated At Birth - Star Wars, Doctor Doom and Salvador Larocca
DeviantArt old logo

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.

DOCTOR DOOM #10
MARVEL COMICS
OCT200643
(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca
"THE CRACK OF DOOM" CONCLUDES…
Following a painful self-inflicted disaster on the Moon, Doctor Doom suddenly finds himself back on Earth…but an Earth he recognizes only from dreams and visions, where a very different Victor Von Doom is the benevolent savior and leader of humanity. As our embittered and embattled Doom finally comes face to face with his peaceful alter ego, he'll be forced to decide: Should he take the lessons of this better world in order to save his own?
Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 23, 2020 SRP: $3.99

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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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