Wednesday, August 10, 2022

When Is a Self-Swipe Not a Swipe?

Cover painter Allen Anderson's comic book work was mostly for Ziff-Davis's comics, but even though Fiction House didn't use paintings for their comics covers, they of course used them on their pulps.

With comic books pencilers the first think you'd think at seeing these similar images is that the artist is swiping from an earlier work, even if his own, but in these cases Anderson might not have even looked at the earlier paintings if he was just reusing particular photos from modeling sessions.

Action, Planet, Lariat

Planet, Action, Planet

These are Action Stories Spring/47, Planet Stories January/51, and Lariat Story March/53; and Planet Stories Winter/47, Action Stories Winter/48, and Planet Stories January/52.