Rather than letting a bunch of old photos slowly deteriorate and be forgotten, artist Alex Gross has painted various pop culture characters over them while still retaining the faces of the subjects in each picture. Viewers are thus treated to vintage-looking pictures of characters like Superman, Aquaman, Data from Star Trek, Magneto, Batman and much more.
Alex Gross specifically painted these highly creative works of art on cabinet cards. For those unfamiliar, cabinet cards were a universally adopted style of photography whereby a picture was mounted onto an ornate card to be carried around. Painting over these images gives Gross’ series a kind of trading card feel, and it’s quite humorous to see olden day facial hair on modern day comic book characters.