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 News::Game cover artwork detective for hire
I was busy doing some site maintenance and posting docs yesterday, when I ran across the manual for a little shoot-em-up game called Lethal Xcess (Wings of Death II) from the Amiga/Atari ST era. I had never played nor heard of the game before, yet something struck me as oddly familiar about the cover, shown here:

Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_LethalXcess.jpg


As I stared at it, I reached for what memory that image could have possibly been triggering. Then it finally struck me. Does the image look familiar to anyone else?

Click "Read the rest" to see what I realized
It was an old book cover from Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey. As far as I can tell, Celal Kandemiroglu (the artist for the Lethal Xcess cover) pretty blatantly ripped off Michael Whelan's work on the Dragonflight cover:

Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_LethalXcess.jpg Image: /e107_images/newspost_images/thumb_Dragonflight.jpg


I always wonder how much of this kind of thing happens in the world of art. There was the modeling of the original Metal Gear cover after Reese from Terminator. There were all the Neverwinter Nights avatars that were modeled after pictures of celebrities. I guess it's hard to tell what really comes from someone's imagination and what is just copying something else.

I also wonder if this guy would've gotten sued if anybody realized this. I did some quick searching but couldn't find anyone else pointing out the similarity between these two pieces of art.

I feel like I should win some kind of prize for solving this mystery.

Read/Post Comment: 4bysleepyonWednesday 30 July 2008 - 08:09:39printer friendly
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20 Feb 15 : 12:05

Trying to find the manual for Electronic Arts Might And Magic; Gates To Another World Sega Genesis. Thanks!
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14 Feb 15 : 12:20

TheoGeoAes, from experience it can take quite a while for uploads to get approved. It improved a bit lately but there are still pending uploads form many years ago. On the search page, switch to "Search in: Uploads" and you can see whether your uploads are in the system.
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03 Feb 15 : 12:31

I should probably ask: I uploaded a handful of Sega Saturn manuals almost a month ago and they have not been added yet. I can't find the pending uploads page, so I have no real clue if they'll ever be uploaded at all. Everything was scanned according to site protocol. Am I missing something?
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18 Jan 15 : 04:57

Hi there. I only joined this site today so I'm unsure of protocol.
What I wanted to say was; I have over 200 Xbox 360 games (and 40-odd original Xbox); All but two or three have their original manuals, all in good condition. So if someone's looking for a title for the Xbox360 or the original,there's a good chance I have it. So get in touch and I'll be happy to help you if I can.
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You're both quite welcome. I worked hard to make sure my uploads wouldn't require much tinkering beyond slapping on the logo and running them through the PDF conversion process.
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Thanks Superfly and Areala
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Oh wow, those Genesis uploads are from 2008. I shall endeavor to fix this post haste! Excellent quality scans btw, Areala.
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