detail of a 1974 painting by Carl Barks
R: Superman: The Man of Steel #56 (May 1996),
art by Jon Bogdanove, Dennis Janke, and Patrick Martin
(Click picture to Cornelius Coot statue-size)
Of course, regular readers of "Separated at Birth" will notice what's wrong with the examples above: I always put the earlier example on the left and the "inspired" follow-up on the right. But the Superman example is two years before the Disney one...what gives? Well, the WDC&S cover image is actually just a detail from a 1974 Carl Barks painting entitled "The Sport of Tycoons":
Scrooge swimming in his money bin is a familiar enough visual to anyone raised on Disney duck comics or even DuckTales...
Cover of Uncle Scrooge #250 (January 1991), art by William van Horn
But if you wanna go back to the beginning, the grandaddy of all divin'-in-the-money-bin images comes from the one of the earlier appearances of Uncle $crooge McDuck himself, in Four Color #386 (aka Uncle Scrooge #1):
Cover of Four Color #386 (March 1952), art by Carl Barks
Nope, it's not the cover that's the inspiration, but rather the first panel inside, also by Carl "The Good Duck Artist" Barks:
Special bonus: check out this beautiful scale model of Uncle Scrooge's money bin!