Seriously, you guys, I think that’s Marilyn Monroe!

I’m not sure where the term “stunt casting” in reference to an artist drawing a real person into their art came from, but I choose to credit it to my own assessments of the art of Alex Ross.  Depending on the context, it’s a trick that can be wonderful, but for every Super Marilyn, there seem to be half a dozen ‘Deodato-tracing-Tommy-Lee-Jones-headshots-in-Thunderbolts’ incidents, leading to today’s likeness-rights query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that perhaps the Ultimate Marvel Universe using Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, accidentally creating a pillar of the MCU is way up there, asking: What’s the most successful example of artistic stunt casting in comic/art history?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    Probably Steve Bissette and John Tottleben drawing Sting into the background in Swamp Thing morphing into Alan Moore creating John Constantine.

  2. President Richard Nixon being revealed as the big bad in Captain America #175, on the newsstands mere months before the actual President resigns in 1974 because of the Watergate scandal.

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