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Michael Cho’s Superheroes are Super Retro

Tuesday 01.07.2014 , Posted by
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Two things that really flourished during the ‘50s: illustration and comic books. Toronto-based artist and illustrator Michael Cho has perfectly combine those two trends in deliciously retro fashion, creating handmade fan art the old fashioned way. Featuring your favorite heroes of yesteryear – from Superman and Thor, to Batman and Ironman – his work is exceedingly positive and makes you feel that all is right in the world… and if it isn’t, he’ll show us who to turn to.

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Much of Cho’s work breaks the digital mold, being created with the tools of the past – pens, pencils, watercolors and gouache – for that truly retro feel. His color palette is limited and communicates with bold strokes of black detailing. To get the often dynamic scenes composed just right, he often creates multiple sketches of his work before creating a final image.

Other themes Cho has followed include series’ featuring famous NBA stars, plenty of retro sci-fi, and a fantastic collection of Toronto back alleys (who knew they could look so inviting?). See more at his website or follow him on Twitter.

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Quantum Physics illustration

Self portrait with family:

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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