Superheroes have always had their generic roots in the twin fields of sci-fi and fantasy. A man arrives from space with great powers, a princess is given gifts from her gods as she goes out to explore the world, a millionaire fights crime with the aid of super-science gadgets, and so on. But over time, superhero fiction developed its own tropes, and left its forebears behind.
To celebrate that seemingly forgotten tradition of taking these characters out of their comfort zones, we've assembled this gallery of fantasy interpretations of your favorite superheroes. This is the best fantasy-inspired superhero art.
In celebration of the fifth season of Arrow, we've collected some great fan art of Oliver Queen. Some of it is of the TV version, some is even of the previous Smallville TV version, and plenty more is inspired by the comics. Black Canary, Speedy, and even Aquaman make guest appearances, but at the end of the day this gallery, like the character it spotlights, is about one man with a bow and arrow.
Have you ever wondered why Batman can’t be Batman, but also kind of like an angsty, teenage Spider-Man too? If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions and have somehow never managed to hear of Batman Beyond, hold onto your bats, because I’m about to blow your freakin' mind.
With the recent launch of Batman Beyond Rebirth #1 as part of DC’s Rebirth initiative, this seemed like as good a time as any to take a look at some of the amazing art the show inspired.
Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man, was created by Archie Goodwin, John Romita, Sr. and George Tuska, and debuted in his own book, Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, back in 1972. He wasn't Marvel's first black hero --- that was Black Panther --- or its first African American hero --- that was Falcon --- but he was the first black hero to launch in his own book and be given a push as a solo hero. In short, he was the first black hero who was made to be a star, and he was one.
We've collected some of the best Luke Cage fan art we could find to celebrate the release of his new Netflix series. A lot of it harkens back to his original 1970s look, but some of it incorporates more recent looks, or takes him in a new direction. If there's one thing that Cage's comics history proves, it's that you can take him in a lot of different directions, but he'll always be unbreakable.
There's probably no superhero team that's as strongly associated with one lineup as the Fantastic Four. Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Thing, and Human Torch are a perfectly balanced quartet of heroes. The aloof one, the balanced one, the grumpy one and the impulsive one. Dad, Mom, and two uncles. The Four who were at the center of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's genre-defining run are always going to be the center of the franchise.
Naturally most of this Fantastic Four fan art focuses on the original team, but a few artists do choose a different lineup. A lot of the artwork plays with their team uniforms, another factor that separates the FF from most heroes. Some artists radically re-imagine the Fantastic Four, while others just try to capture their classic spirit. And of course a few artists pick just one of the four to focus on. Most are interested in the team dynamic, which is what the FF is all about. This is the best Fantastic Four fan art.
With the first issue of her new DC Rebirth series launching this week, a new origin series just announced, and the second season of her TV show set to premiere on The CW in a few short weeks, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of DC’s Maid of Might, Supergirl! And with that in mind, we put together this collection of some of the very best fan art from around the internet that the Girl of Steel has inspired.
There’s no arguing that the version of Batgirl that looms largest in the minds of both comic fans and people only familiar with the character from pop culture in general, and that version is Barbara Gordon. Not only has Barbara held the title of Batgirl the longest, she’s the character that’s endured throughout her own adventures and tribulations, the many changes to the fictional universe that surrounds her, and the real world upheavals of the medium she exists within.
So we hope you’ll enjoy this collection of artwork celebrating Babs’ many moods and looks and check out the artists who’ve shown her so much love. This is the best Batgirl fan art.
If you haven’t read the manga or seen the anime based on it, you’re really missing out, because One-Punch Man is absolutely amazing! The premise is pretty easy to explain: a young man named Saitama decides to become a hero, for fun, and after an intensely rigorous training regimen (100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats, and 10km running. Every. Single. Day.), he becomes so powerful no enemy can withstand more than one of his punches. He’s then confronted with the only foes he can’t beat with his fists: the unshakeable ennui of being completely unbeatable, the boredom of being unchallenged, and the malaise of everyday life in Z-City.
If you still don’t want to believe me, just take a look at all of this incredible fan art One-Punch Man has inspired, check out the artists’ sites, and have your mind changed, because not enjoying Saitama’s adventures is only hurting yourself worse than consecutive normal punches.
Everybody loves Aquaman. Okay, that's not true. A lot of people make fun of him. But those of us who do love Aquaman actually love him a lot. And with the always impressive Jason Momoa playing him in the upcoming Justice League movie and an Aquaman movie to follow, the Sea King is getting the most positive attention that he's gotten in years. Possibly ever!
Aquaman debuted in 1941's More Fun Comics #73, but he really came to prominence in the Silver Age, with a founding membership in the Justice League of America and his own solo comic. He was a mainstay of the Justice League for decades, and led his own version of the team, commonly known as the Detroit League, in the 1980s.
Whether he's known by his surface-world name, Arthur Curry, or his Atlantean name of Orin, Aquaman has always been a moody and passionate hero. His 1990s incarnation is famous for a piratical look complete with a hook/harpoon in place of a hand, but he's since returned to his more classic appearance. He's had a couple of sidekicks named Aqualad, a baby named Aquababy, and of course a wife named Mera. He was one of the first superheroes to get married on-panel, although they've split up and gotten back together across multiple continuities since then.
This collection of fan art includes quite a bit of classic Aquaman, as well as some great new work based on Jason Momoa's take on the role, and several variations in between. Plenty of sea creatures too, and maybe a mermaid here or there.
In honor of Suicide Squad's release, we've gathered some great fan art of the Suicide Squad characters in their recent incarnations, tattoos and all. No surprise, there's a lot of Harley Quinn (she's a beloved character with an amazing look in the new movie), but you'll see plenty of the other team members as well. This is the gallery you want to look at when you're feeling bad. This is the best Suicide Squad fan art.
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