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Heroes keep an eye on Toronto from neighborhood watch signs

lamb4Toronto residents may have noticed a host of classic heroes, from Wonder Woman to Astro Boy to the Fantastic Four, are now protecting the city’s streets. At least that’s what many of the neighborhood watch signs insist.

According to CBC News, an artist calling himself Andrew Lamb has “hacked” as many as 70 of the signs, pasting over the familiar houses-with-eyeballs icons with the even more familiar figures from comic books, television and movies (Mr. Rogers, Cliff Huxtable and Dale Cooper, among them).

“I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there,” he told CBC News. “The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.”

Lamb acknowledges his project is “technically illegal” — he’s received just two vandalism complaints — but he doesn’t believe it’s “ethically or morally wrong.”

You can see more photos of his handiwork below, and on Lamb’s Instagram account.







Chaos McKenzie

June 6, 2014 at 1:25 pm

The sign in my neighbourhood is Mr Rogers, which doesn’t make me feel safe.

Doesn’t see anything “ethically or morally wrong” with it? It’s theft. Isn’t anyone teaching these dopes anything about copyright? And he claims to be an artist?

What a dick.

Theft of what, Wallace? The “spirit” of the heroes that must belong to corporate conglomerates? Give me a break.

That is art. It’s not even commercial use of pop culture icons.

@Wallace Ryan:

What the hell are you rambling about? He’s not laying claim to any of the icons he’s drawing, nor is he profiting from the work at all. That’s like saying if a kid in elementary school were to draw a super hero, they would be committing an illegal, unethical act. In fact, there are thousands of artists out there that regularly share their renditions of popular characters. Even some of the more famous names that actually work for Marvel, DC, or whatever draw and share pictures that were never officially solicited by those companies.

The only reasonable complaint I could understand is if someone argues that he’s paradoxically committing acts of vandalism (however minor they may be) on signs erected to, presumably, discourage such behavior.

Come on, with Wonder Wonder watching out for your neighborhood wouldn’t you feel safe? I like it. Maybe the artist could be a bit more original, but nonetheless still a really cool idea.

Yeah won’t somebody think of those poor multinational conglomerates and their intellectual property that they unfairly pilfered from the creators?

Get real

“hacked”? Was the person who wrote this article born in the internet age already?

And why are they interviewing a person who admittedly breaks the law by vandalism? If the city who put up the signs wants these things on their signs, they will /ask/ for it, or make it themselves. No matter which way you lean on how you perceive this, it is vandalism, no matter how funny or artistic or benign it is.

The only one I’ve ever seen is the Batman Neighbourhood, along the Danforth. That was a couple years ago; never realised it’d become a city-wide “thing”!

Just say no to bad street art, but at least this guy is appropriating some classic comic imagery.

The only one I have seen first hand so far is Bill Cosby, but he hasn’t made his way out to the west end where I live.

No Red Panda or Flying Squirrel? The Terrific Twosome of Toronto doesn’t generally like to share their city with other heroes. :)

I was wondering how I get one with wonder woman for my friend, we always call her wonder woman and she does neighborhood watch for her area???

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