The 15th Rumour Awards – Swipe Of The Year

It's a long long time since the very first one of these. I was 28 when I decided that an annual look back at the rumours and scoops of the year would be a good thing. 15 years later, that's still to be determined. But here we go again with a self congratulatory pat on the back. Mostly.

But feel free to catch up with previous years by clicking on all these links.

Swipe File covers all sorts of things from the coincidences to the homages to the jokey comparisons. But this end of year post is for the very blatant…


The fan art that inspired the line of Hip-Hop album variant covers at Marvel…


There's was James Robinson's Fantastic Four.

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Which was straight from Watchmen.


This original sketch was sold by spartacus-is-cool on eBay…

unnamed (6)Though not as original as this original commission by Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore…

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The Skeletor on this Blu Ray cover was actually an art by designer Dave Rapoza.



And on sale from Target…

targetCompared to cat cartoons by Gemma Covell for a older Hallmark card.


The image to the left features in Gearhearts: Steam-Punk & Glamor Revue #1 page 11 from comics publisher Antarctic Press.


The image on the right is from Legacy: Selected Paintings & Drawings by Frank Frazetta.

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This is from Mighty Avengers #2 by Al Ewing and Greg Land.

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And these are image results if you google for "angry old woman"


From the Art Exchange gallery going for a few thousand.

CDYU2PKVIAAM1FB Which is basically these by Alex Ross


With a Jim Lee Robin, all with Salvador moustaches added….


This is a classic Red/Green Hulk image by Ed McGuinness.
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In his unique style…

This was the Celtic Coloring Book: Mythology, Spirituality and Magic Celtic Coloring Book for Adults (Volume 1) by Pat McCarny.

51TjGY9e2YLBut it was actually by Mitch Foust, posted to DeviantArt.





Poster for The Strangerer, a new play by Mickle Maher, for Capital T Theatre in Austin, Texas…

strangererpressreleaseAnd Bryan Hitch's George W Bush from The Ultimates...


Here's the concept artwork for DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, featuring Firestorm, as seen in Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con issue.



And here is the cover of a copy of the Fantastic Four from a number of years ago during their Civil War crossover, by Adi Granov.


O'Neal, the giant motocross company, has a few helmet designs of note. Take this one.

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It seems to rather resemble one of the props that the creators of the zombie war comic from Image Comics, '68, use at comic conventions.


And it's not an isolated example.

10978625_1013092995372138_536568549658765961_n (1)10999726_1013099342038170_8848136539727845849_nThen there was this great cover for Satellite Sam by Howard Chaykin.

SatelliteSam-14-80d8bAnd a great photo that inspired it. photoBill Sienkiewicz had something to post himself, regarding his work and Arthur Suydam's when he got #suydamized.11700552_859092804127477_2308675789592156292_o



This was the original painting by Ian McQue, box art for a recent Industria Mechanika model kit release. With over 300 likes on Facebook.


And below, a new painting by Cassia Acosta. With added balloons…. and over 3000 likes on Facebook.


Here is a street sign for South Korean telecom corporation, KT Olleh….

CKW3rRqUcAQUiVa And here is an image of The Flash from Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe: The Flash


A very casual Casual T-shirt, sold by Who Are Ya designs


And a Herb Trimpe cover for Godzilla King Of The Monsters published by Marvel Comics in the seventies…


This is how Dave Gibbons did it in Watchmen.



And this is how Olivia Mears did it on Etsy.


A piece of promo art from the Paybacks series from Dark Horse, by Geoff Shaw.

11180956_808622095924550_6706365271105066441_nAnd the cover image to Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, by JG Jones.


From John Romita in Amazing Spider-Man.

asm42e_zps01df1c61Recreated by David Marquez with credit to Romita for the All-New All-Different Marvel title Invincible Iron Man.


But no mention of previous recreator Adam Hughes…


Who seemed to have a lot to do with it too!


This is a Deadpool T-shirt being sold by TeeChip, a limited edition fruit-of-the-loom-cotton-t-131313

And this is artwork by Tom Kelly, posted on his DeviantArt page a few years ago.


Eric Kim is a Toronto area comic artist, interviewed with this drawing of pro-wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage.
unnamedBut it appears that Freeze Central Mills Inc took the artwork without permission for Christmas sweat shirts…


Brothers, was an art print by Afu Chan from August 2014.


And this was a CD cover image by McFlyy from September 2014 that's been pulled from DeviantArt.


But these are all minnows compare to the Top Five Swipe Files of 2015.

Canadian artist Chantella Viala who worked on a number of paintings…


Such as this


Which rather resembled this from the Hildebrandt Brothers for Wolverine #90.


Then there was artist Gary Parkin selling a sketch cover of Evil Ernie #1 with Lady Death on it on eBay.

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A blatant rip of a commission Meghan Hetrick did for him, which she posted online.

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And she was not alone….





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The third place, the Catish Swipers of Miami, who posted and sold uncredited swipes on canvas for thousands of dollars in some cases, and when caught, amended all her posts on-line with credits, stated she had never done what they were accused of in the first place and even more, revealing accidentally that she might have had some help..


Then there was Jason Wilms who also tried to edit his past after some very major swipeage. Changing from this…

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But the biggest swipe of the year was one eBay seller "Ducoso" who was very good at doing signatures, even if the artwork was clearly fake, and managed to sell his resulting images for hundreds of dollars again and again and again…. if it wasn't for John Romita and Jim Steranko calling the pieces out as fakes.

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Nice signature though…



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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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