Steampunk Superheroes! Justice League and Avengers in Victorian Style
We love super hero teams, with the creme de la creme of justice fighters, but we rarely see them re-imagined. That’s exactly what Sillof did, once again.
We had talked about Sillof’s work before, here at Walyou, when he created his fantastic Steampunk Star Wars figurines re-imagining the popular franchise to fit the Victorian Era aesthetics. Now, despite how brilliant his work with Star Wars is, we want to put the spotlight on something more comic book related, particularly, the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers, and the Justice League of America.
For those who can’t identify the characters, the one in the back is The Incredible Hulk, while the others, from left to right are Vision, Scarlet Witch, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Wasp and Hank Pym. We particularly like the changes done to Captain America, who really does look like a soldier of the late 1800s (they even managed to keep the shield!), the heavy-looking Iron Man suit and Vision, and how literally the Scarlet Witch name was taken. On Hank Pym we see the scientist aspect of him emphasized while Thor, Hulk and the Wasp look absolutely classy. They’d probably assemble in a Victorian style mansion, Nick Fury would be an actual pirate working for the Queen (eyepatch and all) and they’d fight Red Skull, who would have to be on Napoleon’s side.
On the JLA team we see, from left to right, Hawkgirl, Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman, Martian Detective and Green Lantern. Sillof claimed that this work is based off of Gotham by Gaslight by Mike Mignola and Brian Augustyn, a comic book where Batman tries to stop Jack the Ripper, who has just arrived Gotham. First of all, it’s great to see how Batman still appears Victorian, considering that not much has changed, but you can hardly improve what is perfect already. Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman look like aristocrats while Flash looks like he could be one of the earliest and best pilots ever. The problem? It looks like Hawkgirl (who originally was supposed to be Hawkman, but Sillof wanted more women on the set) already beat him with her kickass mechanical wings. Also, the oceans still belong to Aquaman and his old school diving suit, probably the most radical change in the set. On a final note, Martian Detective looks awesome and truly evokes Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective of all time, instead of just being a green alien in blue underwear. We applaud all of these design decissions.
Users curious about Sillof’s other sets might want to check his web, while those who want to read more about comics should head over to Miller Morales: Fear of a Black Spiderman? and our list of the 10 Lamest Super Heros.