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Marko Manev’s Superhero Noir

Macedonian illustrator Marko Manev has designed minimalist superhero-themed posters before (check out his Watchmen and Marvel projects on Behance), but his latest series, Superhero Noir, is quite a step up from that work. These are powerful, cinematic, renditions of classic comic book heroes. No wonder these images are showing up all over the internet right now — they’re breathtakingly good, reminding you of how dramatic (or downright majestic) these characters can be when used right.  No wonder that when the Bottleneck Gallery announced they were selling prints of a couple of these designs yesterday, they sold out in minutes.

Check out the examples below, then head over to see a few of these not featured here or in Manev’s Behance gallery over at his Tumblr blog. Continue Reading »

Lower Manhattan may be significantly larger than we remember

Doctor Manhattan

Doctor Manhattan

There may not be a giant squid in Zack Snyder’s $130-million Watchmen adaptation, but we’ve long known one detail that stays true to the source material: Doctor Manhattan parades around in his full-frontal glory.

Heck, we even caught a glimpse of his outer burroughs in one of the early trailers.

But now a Defamer tipster adds a new wrinkle to the debate over the movie’s faithfulness. It seems the big-screen Manhattan has undergone some significant male enhancement.

“There is indeed shitloads of blue wang,” the tipster writes. “And it’s huge. In the comic book, it’s very average, and uncut, but the film is completely the opposite. Massive and circumcised. Given that it’s digital, was it Crudup or his agent that insisted on the impressive cut cock?”

As Vulture points out, Doctor Manhattan’s blue meanie in the comic book is “modest and understated … symbolizing the character’s impotence in the face of human evil.” Artist Dave Gibbons has said he “was was careful to give him understated genitals, like a piece of classical sculpture.”

So, have Snyder & Co. (further) undercut the intent of Gibbons and Alan Moore by digitally transforming Doctor Manhattan’s uncircumcised, “understated” weenie into a cut tower of power? Or is this just making a (blue) mountain out of a molehill?

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