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This Super Man With Down Syndrome Is Not Camera Shy

Sunday 12.07.2014 , Posted by
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One of Rick Ashley’s favorite photography subjects is also his brother-in-law. Michael is a sweet 50 year old man with a beautiful spirit and a passion for wearing his Superman suit. Although Ashley has known, loved, and photographed Michael for nearly forty years, he began his first official photo project in 2009. The series which is named Michael, after its star, is meant to honor his brother-in-law. Michael loves participating in the photo shoots and Ashley captures the essence of his contemplative, playful spirit. [Read more…]

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Where Superheroes Go to Center Themselves & Unwind

Sunday 07.13.2014 , Posted by
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We all need time to get grounded and ponder the meaning of life once in awhile. Superheroes are no different. French photographer Benoit Lapray imagines what these places of solitude might look like for all of your favorite Marvel and DC comic book heroes. The imaginative series, which he calls “The Quest for the Absolute” features the superheroes deep in thought in beautiful natural settings. Wonder Woman wades in a tranquil lake while Superman prefers flying over crystal glacial waters. [Read more…]

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Recycled Comic Books Become Superheroes- No Paint or Markers Involved

Wednesday 09.04.2013 , Posted by

1 Comic Book Collages By Mike Alcantara

What do you get for that comic book enthusiast who has everything? Mike Alcantara has the answer. The master collage artist has been creating bad a$$ images of all the best Marvel and DC Comics characters out of nothing but recycled comic books and glue. It’s almost unfathomable that these images are entirely collage- without any drawing or painting utensils, but it’s true. Alcantara finds the perfect pieces of comic book for every section of his awesome work. [Read more…]

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Superheroes: Their Past and Present in One Image

Sunday 07.21.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more…]

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Comic Book Heroes As Native American Traditional Art

Tuesday 07.16.2013 , Posted by

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Native American artist Jeffrey Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe who is also of Suquamish and Duwamish tribal ancestry, puts a modern twist on traditional art by creating this series of comic book heroes. Veregge grew up on a reservation near Kingston, Washington called Little Boston where he, like most boys, developed a love for superheroes and toys, but also for traditional art. Combining his passions for comic books, TV, and film with his artistic talents (an honors graduate from the Art Institute of Seattle) and Native perspective, Veregge’s minimalist designs perfectly represent each character. [Read more…]

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Justice Families- Superhero Parents With Kids in Tow

Monday 05.20.2013 , Posted by

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If you’ve ever dreamt of having a superhero for a parent, then you will love this new series by Andry Rajoelina. The Paris-based animator has made this endearing series called Justice Families featuring your favorite comic book superheroes walking- or floating- their little sidekicks around. Rajoelina first fell in love with action heroes when his father took him to the cinema to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 1990. He happily drew turtles with bandanas and over time, dramatically improved his illustration skills. [Read more…]

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Superman Re-Skinned as Other Pop-Icons

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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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. [Read more…]

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Visual Bits #268> Super Duper Man: Alternative Heroes

Monday 09.10.2012 , Posted by

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Visual Bits #250> Hipsters Save Lives

Sunday 08.12.2012 , Posted by



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Like a Sir: Superheroes Go Super Classic

Tuesday 07.17.2012 , Posted by

Just take a look at these classically themed superhero portraits! It’s hard to imagine the protagonists of our favorite comic books and cinema looking any more dapper: surrounded by ornate gold frames and dressed in elegant suits, complete with frilly dress shirts from days long gone. There is a pocket hankerchief here and there, at least one monicle, and wait… is Batman sporting a daring mustache? Yes he is, yes indeed. [Read more…]

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