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The League of Extraordinary Gentlepersons 1996 [Art]

I have a minor conceptual obsession with the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Specifically, I like imagining how it could be applied to modern copyright-protected culture, especially TV and movies. It’s a nerdy parlor game I sometimes play on Twitter. For example, my current picks for a contemporary League include Alice Morgan from Luther, Moses from Attack the Block, Superhoodie from Misfits, and the eponymous Hanna.

Chris Sims and Rusty Shackles played the same game when they put together their amazing 1980s version of the League for a ComicsAlliance April Fool’s post two years ago. Soon after, I started brainstorming a ’90s League with friend, blogger and Al’Rashadwriter Christopher Bird, aka MightyGodKing, and he said he would ask Al’Rashad artist Davinder Brar to draw the final line-up. I said that would be great, and promptly forgot all about it. Until this appeared in my inbox…

Because it’s the 1990s, the team has of course changed its name to the more politically correct League of Extraordinary Gentlepersons. The roster features Edward Scissorhands (1990), Nancy Downs (The Craft, 1996), Tequila Yuen (Hard Boiled, 1992), Dana Scully (The X-Files, 1993-2002), Zack Morris (Saved by the Bell, 1989-93) and Rufus (the Bill & Ted movies, 1989 and 1991).

In classic League style, the back wall showcases past League missions, this time from the ’80s. The characters featured here, from left to right, are Kevin Flynn (Tron, 1982) and Max Headroom (1987-88); Scott Howard (Teen Wolf, 1985); Sledge Hammer (1986-88); Carmen Sandiego (Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, 1985); Connor MacLeod (Highlander, 1986); KITT (Knight Rider, 1982-86); Egon Spengler (Ghostbusters, 1984); the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen query-head fella; and Pizzazz of The Misfits (Jem & The Holograms, 1985-88).

In the foreground you can also see a Poké Ball from the Pokémon franchise (started 1996), the skeleton of a Jurassic Park “velociraptor” (1993), and the briefcase from Pulp Fiction (1994). The phone box belongs to Rufus.

To see Christopher Bird’s proposed plot for the series, see his post at MightyGodKing. You can also buy a print of the 1996 League from Davinder Brar’s Etsy store. You’ll also want to check out Bird and Brar’s superb action adventure webcomic Al’Rashad.

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