As I was preparing the previous post here at the ol' Archives, concerning the copying of certain 19th Century artwork by Topps, particularly Indian Chiefs and Pirates, I decided not to use Captain Kidd in the comparison. However, as I was looking at the various examples of his cards, I noticed something neat.
Take a look at this N19 of Kidd, which I cribbed from Cardboard Junkie:
Now, we know form our previous post that the images from this set were used by Topps for X-Ray Roundup in 1949:
I have to say the image of the Captain hanging from the gallows is quite picturesque.....
OK so continuing on, there is a Captain Kidd card in 1952's Look 'N' See set:
Wow-it's almost an exact match to the one from '49 but on closer inspection it's redrawn.
Now let's look at Scoop, from 1954:
I thought the chain was broken but then I looked at the flipside:
Those sneaky so-and-so's just copied the Look 'N' See picture-the background is an exact match!
Now at this point you would think Topps was done with the captain, but n-o-o--o-o-o-o-o-o-o, he makes yet another appearance 13 years later in 1967's Who Am I?:
This is actually bad news-now I will have to do a comparison not only of the 1888 Pirates of the Spanish Main set with X-Ray Roundup but of Look 'N' See to Scoop and on to Who Am I? as there are numerous subjects shared by all these sets. Sigh.....
(Apologies again for the vertical spacing. Something strange is happening with Blogger and I can't figure out how to fix it.)