Often imitated. Never duplicated.
Original Sins #4 by Alex Maleev
The House of Secrets, Vol. 1, no. 107, April 1973; cover art by Bernie Wrightson.
Bill Sienkiewicz 1990: Classics Illustrated #4: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick
When First Comics and Berkley Publishing joined forces to revive the venerable Classics Illustrated series, Sienkiewicz was attracted to the prospect of adapting a classic book to help transform the image of the comics medium:
More than anything, the superheroes have perpetuated this perception of the medium as being just for children. But that’s like saying, ‘There are only these kinds of movies’ or ‘There are only those kinds of movies,’ and then along comes Citizen Kane. To me, the comic-book medium is a way of using words and pictures together to say more than either the words or the pictures alone.[emphasis added]
Jack Kirby, 1957
Ghost Rider #21