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62 Degraded Superhero Portrayals

From Senior Citizen Caped Crusaders to Gangster Batman

— June 5, 2012 — Pop Culture
If you think superheroes are all proud, glamorous, tough-as-nails crime fighters, take a look at this degrading superhero portrayal and witness how even masked vigilantes can fall from grace.

Comic books and movies never really explore the possibilities that one day superheroes will age. Batman, Iron Man and The Hulk, while a force to be reckoned with in their heyday, their real challenge will come in their senior years as illustrated by Donald Soffritti and Calvin Ma.

While its comforting to think of superheroes as invincible, virtuous idols in defense of all that is good and pure, artwork portraying the potential for temptation and injury is a comical change of pace. Don Lucho's dead Superman art installation takes a difference approach to the popular crime fighter.
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Cape-Clad Potatoes
Cape-Clad Potatoes
Mr. Potato Head Transforms into the Dark Knight Spud
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Irreverent Super Hero Campaigns
Irreverent Super Hero Campaigns
The Pointless Collective Engages Users in Fun Games
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Superhero Washing Ads
Superhero Washing Ads
The 'Electrolux Facile' Pressure Washer Will Cleanse All Injustice
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Handicapped Superheroes
Handicapped Superheroes
The Silver Scorpion is a New Comic Featuring a Disabled Muslim Boy
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Unflattering Caped Crusader Portraits
Unflattering Caped Crusader Portraits
Fallen Superheroes by Eric Curtis is Both Dark and Charming
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56
Vintage Superhero Revivals
Vintage Superhero Revivals
'The Rocketeer 20th Anniversary' Video Animates Legend in Cutesy Style
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Pint-Sized Superheroes
Pint-Sized Superheroes
Conceptual Artist Nate Hallinan Draws Childish Comic Book Characters
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Undead Superhero Costumes
Undead Superhero Costumes
The Zombie Iron Man Steals the Show at the Paris Zombie Walk
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Streaking Superhero Blogs
Streaking Superhero Blogs
Naked Hawkeye Turns Everything into a Sexual Innuendo
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Senior Superhero Captures
Senior Superhero Captures
The Darks, Part II Series Finds Darth Vadar a Partner in Crime
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Thug Life Superheros (UPDATE)
Thug Life Superheros (UPDATE)
Steve Seely Recreates Two Iconic Comic Book Heroes in Gangs
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Prenatal Superhero Sculptures
Prenatal Superhero Sculptures
Alexandre Nicolas Depicts Comic Book Figures Before Birth
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Controversial Superhero Campaigns
Controversial Superhero Campaigns
Jiten Thukral & Sumir Tagra's Art Aims to Promote Safe Sex
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Hilarious Classic Characters
Hilarious Classic Characters
Miguel Bencomo Reduces Icons Like Batman to Buck-Toothed Wannabes
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Caped Crusader Commutes
Caped Crusader Commutes
Dean Gorissen Illustrates Superheroes Riding the Subway with Pedestrians
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Cartoon Album Cover Covers
Cartoon Album Cover Covers
Cliff Chiang Exchanges Movie and Music Icons With Superheroes
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Comic Superhero-Inspired Commercials
Comic Superhero-Inspired Commercials
Christina Aguilera for Target
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Vigilante Parental Shoots
Vigilante Parental Shoots
'Heroes and Heroins' Depicts the Superheroes in Most Lives
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Celeb Comic Book Covers
Celeb Comic Book Covers
The Old Red Jalopy Comedy Heroes Series Depicts Comedians as Heroic Beings
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Super-Old Superheroes
Super-Old Superheroes
The Red House Creates a Geriatric Version of Heroism
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Furious Comic-Book Fathers
Furious Comic-Book Fathers
The Disappointed Dad Batman Meme is a Hilarious Interpretation
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Superhero Babies
Superhero Babies
"Iron Baby" Fights Evil Bunnies and has Cool Toys
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Superhero Gangsters
Superhero Gangsters
Steve Seeley Presents Batman and Superman Desperados
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Domesticated Superheroes
Domesticated Superheroes
Gregg Segal's Super Photography
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Distraught Comic Book Characters
Distraught Comic Book Characters
'Depressed Superheroes' Shows the Sadder Side of Saving the World
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Melting Superhero Sculptures
Melting Superhero Sculptures
'No One Can Save Us Now' is a Take on Global Warming
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Kid-Friendly Heroes
Kid-Friendly Heroes
Artist Seven Hundred Draws 'Mr. Men Superheroes' That Anyone Can Appreciate
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Superhero Crime Scenes
Superhero Crime Scenes
The Latest Street Installation by Don Lucho Shows a Dead Superman
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Recreated Cartoon Characters
Recreated Cartoon Characters
Matt Kaufenberg Draws Superheroes in His Own Way
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Street Character Captures
Street Character Captures
Patrick Ecclesine Photographs the 'Faces of Sunset Boulevard'
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Regular Superheroes
Regular Superheroes
Ian Pool Shows the Everyday Lives of Comic Book Stars
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Politician Hero Paintings
Politician Hero Paintings
The Retoyman 'Superheroes' Art is Shockingly Adventurous
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Surreal Superhero Animal Art
Surreal Superhero Animal Art
Sakiroo Choi's Portraits are a Colorful Combination
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Colorful Comedic Characters
Colorful Comedic Characters
South Korean Artist Sakiroo Choi Produces Hilarious Artwork
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Prehistoric Heroes
Prehistoric Heroes
These Superhero Dinosaurs are Jurassic Giants
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Masked Vigilante Images
Masked Vigilante Images
Photographer Garry Owens Creates a Twisted Imaginary World
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Heroic Hipster Cartoons
Heroic Hipster Cartoons
The Hipster Superheroes Cartoon Brings Ironic Illustrations to Life
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Brave Teddy Bear Superheroes
Brave Teddy Bear Superheroes
The King Panpan Project Has a Unique Idea For Every Day of the Year
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Androgynous Male Superheros
Androgynous Male Superheros
Coelasquid Re-imagines Comic Book Characters in the Feminine Form
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Muppet Heroes
Muppet Heroes
These Evan Cheng Cartoons Combine Sesame Street Characters & Superheroes
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Bleeding Superhero Illustrations
Bleeding Superhero Illustrations
These Boneface Works Feature Thrashed Comic Book Characters
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Superhero Hipsters
Superhero Hipsters
Adrian Reimann Re-Designs the Masters of the Universe into Hipsters
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Kooky Cartoon Re-Creations
Kooky Cartoon Re-Creations
Waldemar Lene Chaves Makes Superheroes More Kid-Friendly
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Swapped Costume Superheroes
Swapped Costume Superheroes
Goenetix Mixes up Comic Apparel in 'Bad Laundry Day' Series
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Senior Superheroes
Senior Superheroes
Aging Comics by Donald Soffritti
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Un-Fantasy Photoshoots
Un-Fantasy Photoshoots
'Super Not So Super' Makes Superheroes Look Ordinary
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Sulking Superhero Drawings
Sulking Superhero Drawings
Shih-Mao Depicts Marvel Comics' Best as Moody Brats
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Superhero Simpsons
Superhero Simpsons
"Springfield Punx" by Dean T. Fraser
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Badass Superhero Beetles
Badass Superhero Beetles
Matt Cowan Renders a Series of Bizarre Comic Character Insects
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Hip Hop Hero Portraits
Hip Hop Hero Portraits
The Alter Ego Exhibit Showcases Great Pieces by SmugOne
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Abstract Comic Characters
Abstract Comic Characters
Picasso Superheroes Collection Takes an Artistic Look at Classic Comics
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Degraded Iconic Characters
Degraded Iconic Characters
The 'I Am Winnie the Pooh' Series is a Stark Look Beyond the Spotlight
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Funny Reimagined Comic Covers
Funny Reimagined Comic Covers
Artist Kerry Callen Puts His Spin On Iconic Comic Book Covers
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Pop Icon Superhero Fusions
Pop Icon Superhero Fusions
These Jeff Owens Illustrations Mash-Up Celebs with Comics
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Biking Superheroes
Biking Superheroes
Line Draw Depicts Iconic Comic-Book Characters on Two-Wheelers
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Suggestively Silly Superheroes
Suggestively Silly Superheroes
Bobby Rubio Draws Hilarious Renditions of Comic Book Heroes
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Elderly Superhero Depictions
Elderly Superhero Depictions
Calvin Ma Depicts Icons in a Weakened State
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Overweight Superhero Illustrations
Overweight Superhero Illustrations
'Fat Superheroes' Shows Superheroes After Super Eating Binges
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Comic Book Naughty
Comic Book Naughty
New Book Features Bondage Art of Superman Co-Creator
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Puny Comic Protagonists
Puny Comic Protagonists
Ryodita Renders Geeky Characters at Half their Original Size
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Inept Superhero Illustrations
Inept Superhero Illustrations
Andreas Englund Depicts an Elderly and Feeble City Protector
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