Doug: It's funny that we had Rob Anderson driving the "If I Had a Buck..." train yesterday. Because look who shows up as Guest Poobah today -- the originator of the Dollar Challenge himself, Martinex1! Take it away, chief!
Mike S.: Recently I've run across a number of comics that are obviously knock offs of very popular books of that era. For example, in the early 1970's, riding high in the marketplace Archie Comics was not only publishing many multiple Archie character related books (Betty and Veronica, Jughead, Little Archie, Reggie and Me, etc), they also had additional series that were clearly imitating their own popular brand like That Wilkin Boy, Josie and the Pussycats, and the Mad House Maads. The stories were definitely similar with a repetitive cast of characters to mimic their established icons. I actually like That Wilkin Boy a lot; partially because it was amongst a group of comics my cousin gave me but also because I feel it had a slight freshness and freedom. Other publishers also clearly jumped on the bandwagon; Marvel and DC either invented their own Archie doppelgangers or modified existing characters to the styling of Archie.
Imitation has long existed in the comic industry from characters, to storylines, to series, to cover layouts. Whether Archie, Dennis the Menace, or Casper, there always seemed to be somebody ready to cash in. I am sure that is true of countless heroes and villains as well. Are there imitations you enjoy more than the original? When did you have deja vu? Here are some covers to wet your whistle.