Curitiba-based Brazilian graphic designer and illustrator Butcher Billy—who has a knack for producing great mashups that blend the real and imaginery worlds—has created a new series of comic book-inspired poster art that features musical legends from the 1980s as superheroes. These redesigned comic book covers replace well-known DC characters with equally famous icons of the ‘80s Post-Punk/New Wave scene—in them, the fictional and real-life heroes become one.

“As a child of the ‘80s I was heavily influenced by everything from saturday morning cartoons on TV to the music coming from the radio. Ian Curtis or Johnny Rotten are as iconic to me as Superman or Batman,” Billy said. The designer’s musician-superhero pairings are made with close attention paid to the personalities of these characters—for instance, the troubled Ian Curtis of Joy Division is depicted as the brooding Batman. The other musical icons featured in the series include Morrissey of The Smiths, Billy Idol and Robert Smith of The Cure. (via Design Taxi)

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