Marvel Artist Greg Land Plagiarizing Aliens Art From Tristan Jones For New Omnibus?

by Jay Cochran
September 02, 2020
Granted this one is a little bit out of our normal wheelhouse, but it recently came to my attention that something troublesome might possibly be afoot in the world of comic books, and yes there is a action figure connection here, so bear with me.

Artist Tristan Jones has recently made a claim on social media stating that artist Greg Land has traced his work for the cover of the upcoming ALIENS OMNIBUS VOLUME 1 soon to be released by Marvel Comics. If you hadn't heard, Marvel is taking over from Dark Horse Comics the publishing of Alien and Predator comic books, likely due to Disney's recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox who holds the rights to those properties. This upcoming Omnibus is one of the first Alien offerings being put out by Marvel.

For those not familiar, Jones worked on the original 2016 Dark Horse Comic limited-series called Aliens: Defiance as well as doing the packaging art for the NECA action figure based on that same series, hence the action figure connection to this story.

Jones states that Land traced his work for the cover of the upcoming Marvel publication and provided visual proof in his accusation.

I've been stewing on this all night: I'm 100% sure I've been Greg Landed.

Here's "his" cover for Marvel's upcoming omnibus reprinting the original Dark Horse run, alongside my drawings. NECA even made a figure of the one most egregiously ganked from, and I drew that alien on the box for that too.

I saw this pop up on IG and recognised the hands right away. Then the rest. Photoshop's snap function even recognised my line work and locked in place when I put it over "his".

I'm not just seeing things, right?


If you do a quick google search on artist Greg Land, it doesn't take you long to see this isn't the first time someone has made an accusation of this type against him.

I don't personally follow the inner-workings of the comic book industry enough to know how common a problem this type of thing is, or even if tracing with modifications like the claim states is legally considered plagiarism. I would think it would be, but seeing this isn't the first time Land has been accused of this, and he seems to continue to be employed by a company like Marvel, not to mention Jones is seemingly going to social media instead of seeking out a lawyer, I just don't know. Legal or not it definitely doesn't seem like a very cool thing to do.
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SpiderS - 2020-09-03 @ 5:04 am

Likely he has established strong relations with  Marvel editorial, and Land is still somewhat popular name,  so I guess Marvel is ready to overlook such flaws, but worst thing is that he can really draw, if you check his earlier work at DC for birds of prey, he was pretty good, his style mixed some realism with clear comic book roots  but then went towards "realism" and even more obvious "tracing" which more miss than hit, although his Phoenix cover art was iconic. And near his Ultimate fantastic four run it started looking worse and and worse witch each year. 

Satam - 2020-09-03 @ 1:40 am
1 hour ago, JayC said:

It really baffles my mind that someone like this is able to still get work in the industry. I could see maybe overlooking it if it happened once or twice but from what I have been hearing he is notorious for doing this.

I get the feeling that publishers these days care more about deadlines--and his technique certainly lends itself to speed--than they do about the integrity of the art.

Belmont13 - 2020-09-03 @ 1:03 am

I heard about his tracing  and that he used porn stars pictures for said tracing. This is the first I hear of the plagiarism. Personally, I never cared for his art, the faces on the guys are weird and the women's faces...well the less said the better.

JayC - 2020-09-02 @ 11:51 pm

It really baffles my mind that someone like this is able to still get work in the industry. I could see maybe overlooking it if it happened once or twice but from what I have been hearing he is notorious for doing this.

lordtom - 2020-09-02 @ 9:26 pm

No comment ? 

jlavaia - 2020-09-02 @ 7:45 pm
26 minutes ago, lordtom said:

Hey! In Greg Land's defence, there isn't much - if any - porn material involving Xenomorphs for him to work off of. 

look again lol

lordtom - 2020-09-02 @ 7:37 pm

Hey! In Greg Land's defence, there isn't much - if any - porn material involving Xenomorphs for him to work off of. 

worldwarhulk - 2020-09-02 @ 5:12 pm

@##@@ Greg Land dude. I used to like this guy's art, until I learned that he did this crap regularly. It's bad enough if you're doing this with your own material (which he's done... A LOT!) but to do this with someone else's work is super messed up. And this isn't even like his 2nd or 3rd time getting busted for this. He's done it repeatedly.

mako - 2020-09-02 @ 3:04 pm

Such is the level of rectitude in the comics industry today. Nobody cares about the integrity of their work. The publishers want nothing more than to churn out more fodder for the movie studios, the artists all want to be rock-stars. Who cares if Land steals from other peoples' work (and yes, it is STEALING), good artists cost money.

I don't even follow today's comic "artists" but even I've heard of this Land yutz and his penchant for "tracing.".

When I was learning my trade, this kind of thing got you fined and possibly drummed out of this business. It certainly got you a reputation as a "tainted" artist.

But here we are. The age of the "knock-off." IP theft is looked on as a virtue nowadays. You can everyone who illegally profits from the hard work of others, 99.99% of YouTube "Content Creators" would disappear.

Kheas - 2020-09-02 @ 2:57 pm

Maybe he just used the action figure as a model.....There is nothing wrong with that.  I mean, it's not like he can go out to the zoo and view actual Xenomorphs in 'the wild'Maybe he just used the action figure as a model.....There is nothing wrong with that.  I mean, it's not like he can go out to the zoo and view actual Xenomorphs in 'the wild'

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