Superheroes and minimalism embrace each other in this series of illustrations by French artist Grégoire Guillemin.
Now, most of us tend to not really give this a lot of thought, but it’s been 72 years since Batman and Superman first appeared in comics, or around 50 for the X-men or Avengers. Comics influenced art and were one of the most popular formats of the 20th century, yet Minimalism, Art Deco and Bauhaus all played a significant roll. Grégoire decided to take one of the most iconic styles of the last century and process it in illustration form using influences from all these other styles in results that end up looking awesomely vintage and unique. Here, you will find his work recompiled for your enjoyment.
We love this almost-gritty, minimalist version of Cyclops, where he is reduced to its bare minimum to be kept recognizable. Mouths and noses are over-rated anyways.
Vintage Iron Man
This poster is reminiscent of the 50s, and its clever use of colors is as optimistic as people around those times. Obviously Stark industries had the future in its hands.
This time around, Batman (the Dark Knight himself!) looks like he came straight out of Franz Ferdinand’s hit single “Take Me Out”.
Art Deco Hellboy
Vintage Green Hornet
Art Deco Silver Surfer
This poster pays homage to both Silver Surfer, Galactus’ herald, and the poster for the classic German expressionist film Metropolis.
Dadaist Iron Man
These great works of re-interpretation and adaptation look like something from another time, and are a really creative way of re-introducing fans to the characters we already know and love. We wish Hollywood abandoned the generic movie poster trend that has been suffering from as of late, and hired Grégoire Guillemin, who could clearly do a better job than most people in the industry.
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