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Graffiti artist turns Bulgarian war memorial into superhero monument

Vandalized monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria

Far be it for us to condone graffiti, but if you were going to vandalize public property — say, a statue celebrating the Soviet Army and communist rule — this is the way you should do it: With gloriously nerdy style.

Courtesy of Gawker, the Daily Mail and other outlets comes word that police in Sofia, Bulgaria, are searching for the graffiti artist who over the weekend painted a monument erected to commemorate the 1944 “liberation” of Bulgaria, transforming Soviet soldiers into colorful comic-book and cartoon characters.

From right, that’s Wonder Woman, Robin, Captain America, Ronald McDonald, Superman, Santa Claus, Wolverine, The Joker and … I don’t know. I initially thought it was the Gorton’s Fisherman, but now I’m not so sure. (Any guesses?) On the base was painted the words “Moving with the times,” “In pace with the times” or “Abreast with the times,” depending on which  translation you prefer.

The monument has since been cleaned up, at a cost of about $720. Go here to see more shots of the monument, including the mysterious figure in yellow.



I don’t know if that’s the Gorton’s Fisherman. However, I’m pretty sure that that’s the Green Lantern’s greatest foe.

I vote for the Yellow Kid!


June 21, 2011 at 11:13 am

Looks like The Mask…

that yellow bastard?

Someone at DC should take advantage of this and make it a justice league cover. The superman with a pistol and the “once more into the breach” gesture rivals the car-throwing for great iconography.

Remember kids, if an artist works his ass off to build a monument (to soldiers), and it’s defaced, no biggie. But if your favorite comic book artist (or one you’re just aware of slightly) has his work stolen by Rob Granito, it is in fact the end of the world. Because you know, the one that’s anti-establishment is automatically more okay. Aren’t we trendy?

I was wondering who he was too, good shout on The Mask as he’s got a green head (although the helmet throws it off a little).

I’m not sure there’s a parallel.

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