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Post-Punk and New Wave music icons as superheroes

Earlier this year, we featured Butcher Billy’s work called The Superhero Media Crossover Project. Here’s a new series, The Post-Punk/New Wave Super Friends, from this very talented graphic designer from Brazil. As a child of the 80s, he 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 him as Superman or Batman.

The project looks at the real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics.

UPDATE: Here’s a sneak peek at our exclusive interview with Butcher Billy. Check out the rest to see if he’s a Marvel or DC fan boy.

Your body of work is heavily influenced by retro pop culture. Where does this over-riding nostalgia for the icons of the past stem from?
I was born in the late 70′s, grew up as a child in the 80′s and a teenager in the 90′s, so probably I’m a living mashup of all the pop cultural references from these decades. I was practically raised by television and all that came plugged on it, like VCRs, videogames, geekness and alienation.

I’ve always been a big fan of cinema, games, comics, music, tv and arts, but also an observer. I remember been just a little boy and reading music industry magazines – I didn’t even know the music but I was interested in the stories, the lifestyles and everything about that world. I guess I was always fascinated by cult icons – the way they can be larger than life, more than just normal people and become characters in people’s minds.

Robert Smith, The Cure
Robert Smith, The Cure
Morrissey, The Smiths
Morrissey, The Smiths
Adam Ant
Adam Ant
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Siouxsie and The Banshees
Mark Mothersbaligh, Devo
Mark Mothersbaligh, Devo
Billy Idol
Billy Idol

About the author

Darwin is a Melbourne-based marketing and sales professional. He has a penchant for coffee, New York bagels, and zombies. His other interests include music, modern art, smart comedy and films.

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