Sincerest Flattery

Though the story inside was illustrated by Curt Swan, the cover of Superman #403 was drawn by Eduardo Barreto and bears a date of January 1985:


I’ve had that issue of Superman since I was four years old, but I only just came across the cover of Spectacular Spider-Man #99, illustrated by Al Milgrom, cover date February 1985:


6 thoughts on “Sincerest Flattery

  1. Ryan says:

    I prefer the Spider-Man cover, though.

  2. Nobody says:

    It’s admittedly difficult for me to view them objectively since the Superman cover carries so much nostalgic association for me, but I think Superman’s pose is much more dynamic than Spidey’s, even though the villain is used more interestingly in the Spider-Man cover which otherwise feels quite two-dimensional.

    My only criticism of the Superman cover is the abundance of “speed-lines” which clutter the image, leaving the Spidey cover looking more “clean” by contrast.

  3. Ryan says:

    I’ll give you the “dynamic pose,” but Superman’s villain is a really generic design (not that The Spot is the epitome of cool or anything), the colors are bland, and the concept is executed much better visually in the Spider-Man cover.

  4. Nobody says:

    I bow to your expertise. So I take it you regard Milgrom not as an unimaginative plagiarist but as a concept-assimilating-and-transcending visual genius?

  5. Ryan says:

    “Genius” is a little strong. But, if he did bite Barreto’s work, he must have thought, “Pff, I can do better than that.”

  6. Nobody says:

    That’s what I meant.

    So is “bite” the new term for swipe or lift? I need to keep my Plagiasaurus as current as possible.

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