Everybody has influences. You can’t create without borrowing from those who went before, and building on their work. Earlier today, we saw Tarantino’s films compared with his source material. But who’s your favorite creator whose influences are incredibly easy to spot in their work?

Please include a picture, poster, clip, book cover, comics panel, or other piece of artwork for your chosen creator. And please mention their name, how they show their love for their influences, and why it’s awesome. Thanks!

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Top image: Pacific Rim. Guillermo del Toro is always happy to share his influences, from Kaiju movies to Lovecraft to mecha anime to so many other things.


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