Separated At Birth: Clayton Crain and Andrew Wildman’s Venom and Carnage

Andrew Wildman writes on Facebook,

Recent painted cover by Clayton Crain for Venom Unleashed. Alongside my cover for Carnage Unleashed in 1995. Not sure this has been mentioned by anyone. Please let me know if I am mistaken. Don’t get me wrong, great piece by Clayton but, well, ya know…

Let’s take a look. From Clayton…

…and from Andrew.

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Separated At Birth used to be called Swipe File, in which we presented 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 trusted you, the reader, to make that judgment yourself. If you were are unable to do so, we asked that you please return your eyes to their maker before any further damage is done.

The Swipe File didn’t judge; it was 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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