Superhero Degradation

Superhero icons are being brought down a notch, adding appealing realism

Implications - Superheroes have long been understood as exemplary figures with an aspirational aspect to their place in pop culture. More and more brands, however, are adopting the humanization of these heroes, often using a subversive tone and aesthetic style. Consumers are showing an interest in this, as it shows off a subversive attitude.
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Superhero-Exposing Illustrations (UPDATE) - Gregoire Guillemin Exposes the Life of Superheroes
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Superhero-Exposing Illustrations (UPDATE)
Gregoire Guillemin Exposes the Life of Superheroes
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Sinister Superhero Sculptures (UPDATE) - The Exhibit 'Broken Heroes' by Patricia Waller is Somber
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Sinister Superhero Sculptures (UPDATE)
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Comic Strip-Film Hybrids
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Comedic Superhero Caricatures - Parks and Recreation Portray Superheroes in This Vicky Trochez Work
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Mild 7,465 Clicks Pub: Mar 27, 13
Comedic Superhero Caricatures
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Unflattering Caped Crusader Portraits - Fallen Superheroes by Eric Curtis is Both Dark and Charming
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Mild 2,752 Clicks Pub: Jun 4, 12
Unflattering Caped Crusader Portraits
Fallen Superheroes by Eric Curtis is Both Dark and Charming
Eric Curtis doesn’t waste time trying to capture Batman or Spiderman in action, they’ve been in the spotlight enough. Curtis’s photography focuses on those who haven’t stood... [More]
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