Michael Cho’s Superheroes are Super Retro

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.

Superheroes: Their Past and Present in One Image

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They are now the characters of myth and legend, their stories so woven into our collective psyche that their histories seem more fact than fiction. Batman, Wolverine, Spiderman, they inspire us with their struggles, overcoming young lives unlike any other, and showing us the heroic way to deal with them. San Francisco-based graphic designer Khoa Ho is creating fantastic images in his Past/Present series, showing us these figures as their young selves being initiated into superhero status, and as they appear now, fully clothed in their disguise of choice.

Artist Uses a Marker to Turn Her Dad Into a Superhero

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Just in time for Father’s Day comes this hilarious photo series by Giulia Pex. The Milan, Italy- based photographer and illustrator wanted to show the world how she sees her dad- as a superhero! She captured photos of her dad standing on the roof, riding his motorcycle, weed whacking the lawn, and ripping off his button-down shirt, then added in whimsical illustrations to make these not-so-super events much more magical. With a Superman emblem on his chest to save the day, a bat mobile ride-pimping, a cape, and some tricked-out add-ons for his motorcycle and lawn tools, Pex’s dad goes from normal guy to courageous comic book hero.

Isidore Koliavras’ 3D Comic Book Art

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Isidore Koliavras is a Greek character design guru, whose forte is creating 3D images of comic book superheroes that could almost be alive. He creates the storied pictures with specialized CGI software optimized for human modeling. His comic book superheroes, each with hours of digital manipulation, encompass a dynamic and highly entertaining collection.

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Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

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Perhaps the most famous of all Superman imagery comes, not surprisingly, from his very first comic features. The cover of Superman #6 featured a smiling hero, his radiant face looking out on a world he was happy and generous enough to save. It’s classic Americana to the max. When artist Mike Mitchell recently took on the iconic image, he gave it everything but a new face – “re-skinning” Superman with the clothing of pop-culture icons far and wide, old and new.

Comic or Movie? It’s a Superhero Media Crossover!

“Just how thin is the line that separates movies from comics?” asks Butcher Billy, a graphic artist, illustrator and web designer from Brazil. Have we really come that far, or are our modern films just rehashing classic themes… or as he puts it, exchanging “ink” for “pixels?” As we can see from his new series, The Superhero Media Crossover Project, despite the massive advances in technology and a complete change in format, much of our new movies owe a serious debt to the comic artists of the past.

Ordinary Batman Adventures

We all know what Batman looks like when he’s fighting villains and saving Gotham City, but what about on an ordinary day? Artist Sarah Johnson offers some suggestions with her hilarious GIFs of Batman doing mundane tasks like scooping up kitty droppings, eating breakfast, and using the men’s room. Her inspiration to pursue illustration came from her adoration for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at age 11 and she has been doing it ever since, receiving a degree in Animation & Film from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2009. See the entire hilarious collection on Sarah J’s Ordinary Batman Tumblr and why not check out some of her other fun animations while you’re at it?

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, It’s Super Grandma!

Who ever thinks of little old ladies as frail has yet to meet Mamika! To raise his 93 year old grandma’s spirits, photographer Sacha Goldberg began making her the heroine of his hilarious photo shoots. Mamika has gained international fame and shows us that age is nothing but a number. Goldberg has compiled his incredible images into a book called Mamika: My Mighty Little Grandmother, which would make an excellent gift this holiday season for all the strong grandmas out there!

Punchy, Paper Cut Action Silhouettes

From scenes of western bar brawls to trigger-happy zombie hunters delivering headshots, the silhouette art of David Reeves covers broad-spectrum action scenes. Halifax-based artist / designer / photographer David Reeves re-creates action landscapes borrowed from movies and video games using paper, an x-acto knife, some clever lighting techniques and his trusty Cannon camera.