We live in an age of superhero saturation. Every few weeks there seems to be the announcement of a new superhero movie, or a reboot of a superhero movie, or a gritty reimagining of a spandex-clad super-powered do-gooder. Superheroes have gotten under our skin and dominate the culture, so an artist named Butcher Billy decided to combine two of his loves: Marvel superhero comics and the post-punk boom of the early 1980s.
To that end, he has created a series of lovingly crafted illustrations mashing up superheroes with the superstars of 1980s British music. The attention to detail is remarkable, and the pairings are perfectly chosen, like reimagining professional whiner and rage-filled sensitive dude Morrissey as the Incredible Hulk. Joy Division’s Ian Curtis makes for an even more angst-ridden Spider-man, while Devo represents for The United States (or at least Ohio) with Mark Mothersbaugh in an Iron Man costume that perfectly syncs up with his regular stage attire.
To be honest, I’m not familiar enough with comics to know who all of the rock stars are supposed to be post-comic-book transformation, but I did find the idea of John Lydon as Wolverine and Billy Idol as Thor pretty genius. But don’t take my word for it. Check them out for yourself: