Monday, August 13, 2012

Kerrith Johnson Wants You to "Believe" in Superheroes

Superheroes have taken an unnecessarily dark turn over the past few decades.  What was once a genre populated by truth, justice, and the American way, socking Hitler and the jaw, and preteens in short-shorts fighting crime has turned to violence and pessimism and general bleakness.  For those who still see spandexed saviors as a source of information, never fear, because you've got a new hero to add to your ranks: Kerrith Johnson, whose "Believe" series of posters is, in his own words, "keeping heroes iconic but positive."

It all started with a Superman poster, designed after a poster for the 1924 Vienna Music and Theater festival and the tagline of the 1978 film Superman, "You'll believe a man can fly."  From there, Johnson rounded out the rest of the DC Comics Trinity (Batman and Wonder Woman) and alternated between various DC and Marvel characters, from the popular (Spider-man and Hulk) to the more obscure (Zatanna and, wonderfully, Tomorrow Woman).  They're all incredibly well done and cut to the core of each character, something that can be lost i muddled storylines and continuity.

There are a few dozen posters done, so be sure to head over to Johnson's DeviantArt page and check out the whole gallery.  He's started on villain posters, centered around "Accept" rather than "Believe", if you're hungry for more of that same style.

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