DreamWorks' Megamind conquered U.S. cinemas over the weekend, earning about $50 million at the box office and a generally positive 67% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But despite great numbers, OK reviews, and setting a new world record for the most costumed superheroes gathered in one place, the genre parody about an inept supervillain-turned-hero would appear to break little new ground either thematically or commercially. Megamind's most obvious point of comparison, 2004's The Incredibles, enjoys a 97% freshness rating and made about $20 million more in its opening weekend.

Would Megamind have performed better had its creators pursued something along their original aesthetic inspirations? In the new book, The Art of Megamind, early concept art reveals that Megamind could have looked, well, pretty much exactly like Galactus (so that's at least twice now a real, proper Galactus missed the silver screen!).

Naturally, the book also contains a plethora of lovely production artwork, cityscapes, character designs and alternate approaches to the story, some of which you can check out below.

[Via io9]