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Johnny Rotten, Morrissey, Robert Smith And More Reimagined As Superheroes

Written by James Arnold-Garvey on May 17, 2013

The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends is an illustrated series by Brazilian designer Butcher Billy that sees him transplant a bunch of his favourite post punk and new wave musicians, including Johnny Rotten, Ian Curtis, Morrissey, Robert Smith, Billy Idol and more, into the world of DC Comics.

The prohect examines ideas surrounding our musical idols’ position, both self-confirmed and audience imagined, as superhuman figures. Showcased over on Behance, the photos are available as prints, T-shirts, iPhone cases and more.

Here’s what the man himself Butcher Billy has to say about the work:

Real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics.

As a child of the 80′s I was heavily influenced by everything from Saturday morning cartoons on TV to the music coming from the radio. Ian Curtis or Johnny Rotten are as iconic to me as Superman or Batman. Real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics – all of those influences affect us to the point of defining our character and personality, career paths and life choices.

The references we are exposed and specifically the ones we choose to absorb make us who we are.

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