Swipe File: The Pope Vs Superman

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The vatican Twitter account shows grafitti featuring Pope Francisco in an iconographic superhero pose, holding a briefcase with the word “Valores” (Values, talking about his integrity, humulity and honesty) and a sock with the colors of the soccer team “San Lorenzo de Almagro”, Pope’s favorite sports team from his home, in Argentina.

But exactly how familiar is it?

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The image was based in this 1982 Superman promo piece done by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez. It was more recently recreated by Phil Jimenez in Infinite Crisis #1 in 2005.

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.