Swipe File: Original Sin And Bangkok’s Top Charoen Optical

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These are the variant covers to the upcoming Original Sin Marvel event series running through the summer.

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#1 by Steve McNiven, #2 by Agustin Alessio, #3 by Stephanie Hans, #4 by Butch Guice, #5 by Marco Checchetto, #6 by Paul Renaud, #7 by Mike McKone, #8 by Jung-Sik Akn.

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On the moon, the dead body of Uatu, The Watcher has been discovered. His home ransacked. Looted of its valuable alien technology. But something far more dangerous was taken. The Watchers eyeball – which has borne witness to every event and every secret in the history of the Marvel Universe now rests in the hands of his killer. Secrets that are about to get out.

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Who holds the eye? It could be anyone – even one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest heroes. Each cover, gorgeously rendered by some of the top talent in the industry features a different Marvel hero in possession of the Watcher’s dangerous and mysterious eye. But which hero (or villain) is behind his murder?

But have we seen it before? Could someone else have the Watcher’s Eye? What about Bangkok optician Top Charoen Optical?

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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.

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