Swipe File: Grant Morrison And Batman

Grant Morrison has a history of putting himself in his comics – whether literally as in Animal Man, or with an avatar, as in The Invisibles.

Of course The Invisibles had thematic crossovers with JLA at the time. But was Grant Morrison’s avatar in The Invisibles, King Mob, really an equivalent for Batman?

Well, this scene from Morrison’s The Return Of Bruce Wayne might suggest so…

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.

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