Swipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di Clement

Swipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di ClementSwipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di Clement

On the left is Jim Lee's Batman. On The right is Paola Di Clement's Nathan Naver, a popular Italian comic book. It has caused quite the stir, but could the pose be a complete coincidence? Possibly, but Paola has form in this regard.

Sergio Bonelli Editore usually asks its pencillers to draw pin ups for the Italian comic conventions. The publisher prints a bunch of copies and hand them out  to visitors who can then get them signed by the creators at the publisher booth.

So they asked Paola Di Clement to draw one for visitors to Mantova Comics and Games. Jim Lee's Batman is on the left, Paola's contribution is on the right.

When pointed out, the poster was hurriedly withdrawn

Swipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di ClementSwipe File: Jim Lee And Paolo Di Clement


In Swipe File we present 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 trust you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself.  If you are unable to do so, please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done. The Swipe File doesn't judge, it's 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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