Swipe File: Archie And DeviantArt

Here’s the cover to issue 5 of Mega Man from Archie Comics.

Note in the top right hand corner that Villain Variant avatar in the shape of an ol-style computer character for Timeman, a character than never actually had such a retro icon. So how did they make it? Well let’s take a closer look at it…

And then work by DeviantArt artist Pheno1

With a black background


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

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

twitter   facebook square   globe