Roy Lichenstein is a figure that occasionally pops up in comic book discussion. His paintings, based on reproductions of comic book panels, provide an interesting element to discussions of adapted art, homages and plagiarism.
David Barsalou has created a site called Deconstructing Lichtenstein, which carefully displays reproduced Lichtenstein paintings alongside of the original comic art, it’s based upon.
There isn’t really any text to quote, the images are the basis for the deconstruction.
Dan, at Pop Snark Hooligan, discusses the flaws of this deconstruction in his post Deconstructing, Deconstructing Lichtenstein:
When John Byrne draws his twentieth (or whatever) re-interpretation of the cover to Fantastic Four #1, we call it homage. When Lichtenstein re-interpreted the comics panels for his series of paintings, he called it homage too. It’s one thing to call out a comic book artist for swiping other artist’s works. Peter David has been doing this to Rob Liefeld for years. It’s quite another matter, however, to exhibit drastically altered scans of painted, stylized reproduction art next to comic book art, and call it a critical deconstruction. You might as well vilify a movie for copying the book it was based on.
It’s an interesting, sympathetic look at Lichtenstein’s work, I very much recommend reading it.