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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.

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the last upload is 05 oct from 2017. This is to need change. Very much people never return because lose the hope to find a new manual here
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...: mateus :...

give me a chance, I'll not disappoint you
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ignore me just saw your post below he he
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Alistair, I'm looking in the forums and only seeing the first post, but none of the replies. Is this a bug or am I missing something
...: afc :...

I would take a quick look on the ftp how much is to be posted but ill need to bring myself back up to speed.
...: afc :...

Sleepy used to do a recruitment drive every now and then, but I suspect we need one of the old editors to step back in.
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unfortunately editing and uploading is very time consuming and eventually leads to burnout. I speak from experience being one of the editors a few years back :)
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the last upload is 05 oct from 2017. This is to need change. Very much people never return because lose the hope to find a new manual here
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Update for viewing threads.

To view the whole thread append .last (note the full stop) to the end of the URL.
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Whatever, i reported all of them lol, took less than 3 minutes. But the forum still doesn't work well with threads...
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The first two pages of the Site Suggestions section of the site are filled with spam. Not even worth the time to report all of them, i hope you clean it, though.

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