California-based graphic designer Khoa Ho examines the origin stories of some of pop culture’s most celebrated superheroes in the series Superheroes – Past/Present (spotted via My Modern Met). These stark illustrations, featuring heroes ranging from Spider-Man to Batman, are the appropriate images for this post-Christopher Nolan world, wherein the heroes’ psyches are perhaps more important than the gadgets they employ or the villains they fight. Check out the gallery after the jump. … Read More
Today is Free Comic Book Day, which promises exactly what it advertises: you get a free comic book just for showing up at your local shop. The offerings have been specially selected, but nothing is preventing you from browsing while you’re there and spending a few dollars to support an oft-overlooked art form that has brought joy to many. To celebrate the occasion, and with a new Mad Men episode approaching, we wanted to combine two of our favorite things: 1960′s ad execs crippled by existential angst, and awesome comic book heroes and villains. The resemblance is greater than you think. See our pairings, and leave your own suggestions, below. … Read More
In Alex Law’s awesome new project/Tumblr, Little Girls Are Better at Designing Superheroes Than You, which we spotted over at The Rumpus, the undergrad biology student/artist (!) takes pictures of little girls dressed up like superheroes and turns them into awesome drawings. Law writes: ”Kids are more impressionable than you, but kids can also be less restricted by cultural gender norms than you. Kids are more creative than you, and they’re better at making superheroes than you.” Fair enough. Check out some kick-ass little girls and their superheroine counterparts after the jump, and then head here to see more of Law’s work. … Read More
How can you improve a movie as perfect as The Godfather? With superheroes, of course. Well, OK — perhaps Francis Ford Coppola’s masterpiece wouldn’t benefit from being relocated to the comic-book universe, but the notion certainly adds some levity to the poster. In a well-executed series of minimalist reimaginings, Brazil-based designer Luiz Arthuso has inserted beloved superheroes into a selection of appropriate movies. See what might happen if Superman starred in Back to the Future, or Wolverine in Kill Bill after the jump. … Read More
Henri Langlois, co-founder of the Cinémathèque Française, once said of Louis Feuillade’s 1915 silent crime serial, “I am convinced that surrealism preexisted in cinema. Feuillade’s Les vampires was already an expression of the 20th century and of the universal subconscious.” The ten-part, subversive serial runs a whopping eight hours, but it’s easy to lose track of the time when you’re following the exploits of a vampy Parisian gang — including proto-goth starlet Musidora as the infamous Irma Vep.
It’s great to see companies like Kino International bringing old-timey serials like Les vampires to Blu-ray, keeping the low-budget, action-packed chapter plays alive. These early movies are where many film tropes and characters evolved — including several of the superheroes audiences go crazy for, today — and where moviegoers grew to love (and sometimes hate) them. Click through to watch several entertaining serials that are online right now (follow the video links for other parts in the series), and school yourself on an essential chapter in cinema history. … Read More
Here at Flavorpill, we’re pretty big nerds about typography, and you know we love superheroes, so we’re always going to bite when we see the two cleverly combined. We recently saw superheroes matched with their typographic counterparts, but graphic designer René Mambembé has another vision — that Helvetica works for everyone. In his clever series Helvetica, My Hero, which we first spotted over at Neatorama, Mambembé recasts pop culture heroes (and villains) as letters in everyone’s favorite font, from an upside-down B for Batman to a debonair J for James Bond. Now if only we could turn this into a functional typeface. Click through to see Mambembé superpowered alphabet — and then be sure to head over to his Behance page to see even more from the series. Fonts to the rescue! … Read More
After enduring the SATs, we weren’t too fond of analogies in any form. Thankfully, artist Matthew Olin has all but erased our negative connotations with the semantic riddle. Olin, whose work we spotted on Design Taxi, uses analogies to make connections between famous fonts and even more famous superheroes. “The most distinguishing factor of any font is its characters,” Olin says of his typographic classifications. “Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character — its own unique characteristics.” See a selection of Olin’s superhero-and-font pairings after the jump, and be sure to check out more of his thoughtful, analogical work here. … Read More