Kissing, Separated At Birth – Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja

Separated At Birth:  Superman #243 from DC Comics published in October 1971 featured this cover by Neal Adams and Dick Giordano, with Superman in the embrace of Raja, an alien who had taken a form deemed to be pleasing to Superman.

Separated, Kissing At Birth - Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja
Separated, Kissing At Birth – Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja

Put up against this page from Thor #328, from February 1983, published by Marvel Comics twelve years later, drawn by Alan Kupperberg and Vince Colletta.

Separated, Kissing At Birth - Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja
Separated, Kissing At Birth – Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja

And picked up almost forty years after that! You can run, you can hide, but eventually Separated At Birth will get its man – or woman! And it's not as if there haven't been other homages along the way. Such as Jonah Hex #91 from June 1985…

Kissing, Separated At Birth - Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja
Jonah Hex #91

…and Wonder Woman (Vol 4) #49 from April 2016, from Neal Adams himself.

Kissing, Separated At Birth - Thor and Sif, Superman and Raja
Wonder Woman #49 from DC Comics

Any more for any more?

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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