A little post Super Bowl trek through Deviant Art led me to this great work by Teryv83 where he imagines what the Simpsons would look like if they were collectively bitten by the Spiderman universe. Full disclosure, I have not watched the Simpsons in close to 15 years and felt ashamed that I did not know who every character in this work was. Naturally I can name every Spiderman counterpart.
Those of use who might be (or might not be) looking forward to Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the next Batman, it might be a good time to look back on the past 75 years to see exactly how the Dark Knight has been portrayed … at least in logo form.
From FastCoDesign: Designed by Cathryn Laver from Calm the Ham, the graphic traces the evolution of the Batman logo from its earliest iterations in the comics of the 1940s through its use in Adam West’s delightfully campy TV take in the ’60s, Frank Miller’s dark graphic novels in the ’80s, and George Clooney and his nipple suit in the ’90s, and ends with the multimillion-dollar Dark Knight films today. The genus is always quite clearly bat, but unique species abound.
Below is a great artist rendering of the Avengers as Japanese Sengoku characters. The work is by DeviantArt member Genesischant and is available for sale as a poster.
From the artist:
“I was wanting to do a new redesigned/ translated set of comics characters for a while, and the new Avengers movie presented a great team to build from. It has the kind of big iconic characters that work best for these sort of reimaginings. Instead of the theatrical ‘chambara’ setting I used for my Justice League, I decided that the historically based, yet still legendary figures of the Sengoku era of Japanese history would be the inspiration.”
If DC Comics is more up your ally, he also has a wonderful poster of the Justice League as prohibition-era gangsters.
It seems like superheroes are going through a second (or third) mutation lately with their resurgence in Hollywood, and I like it. As someone who spent their youth imagining what the characters on the pages of the comic books I read would look like on the big screen, those visualizations are now becoming a reality.
In a recent post on the blog SpeckyBoy, they published a series of minimalist posters featuring some of the most recognizable comic book characters from both DC and Marvel. As the list is quite extensive, I have included my favorites below, full disclosure, I am partial to Marvel.
Ok, one DC character.
The latest grouping of comic-related mashups is here. The TMNT/X-Men mashup is by far my favorite. The Community/Street Fighter mashup definitely takes the cake for the most original, I would say the Avengers/Adventure Time image takes home the award for most random mashup as well.
What comic book/pop culture mashup would you like to see?
[images via Buzzfeed]