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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Akira
July 14, 2014 6:46 AM   Subscribe

Ever wonder what some very well known anime/manga characters would look like had they been designed by American cartoonists?
posted by MartinWisse (16 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I'd prefer to see Lupin III as done by Jim Steranko....
posted by GenjiandProust at 6:49 AM on July 14 [3 favorites]

Some of those are terrible, but the Jack Kirby Akira is amazing.
posted by empath at 6:58 AM on July 14 [13 favorites]

This just reinforces my belief that Jack Kirby could have drawn anything.

(I know it's not really Kirby art.)
posted by wittgenstein at 7:11 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]

I have literally never wondered this.

That said, the "Akira" cover is splendid. The rest don't really feel right as representations of the artists' style.
posted by grubi at 7:25 AM on July 14 [4 favorites]

The Bryan Lee O’Malley one kind of defeats the purpose since his style is heavily manga-influenced anyway.
posted by Sangermaine at 7:29 AM on July 14

The Rob Liefeld one nailed the feet.
posted by sourwookie at 7:34 AM on July 14 [2 favorites]

A similar idea: BARTKIRA
posted by Going To Maine at 8:13 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]

How about Archie artist Bob Montana doing Ranma 1/2?
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:37 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]

Never mind, I found someone already had that idea.
posted by Strange Interlude at 8:39 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]

Reminds me of this, from a prior FPP if I remember correctly.
posted by mordax at 10:30 AM on July 14

For every what if, there is deviantart.
posted by Atreides at 11:09 AM on July 14 [1 favorite]

The Disneyfied Cowboy Bebop. How I wish i could unsee it.
posted by Faintdreams at 11:18 AM on July 14

Holy cats, the rest are a little meh, but that Kirby Akira makes this truly best of the web. That is amazing. It captures both the essence of Kirby's style and some of the essential "Akira-ness" of the manga. Blow away.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:13 PM on July 14

"Akira" is a pretty common Japanese name - apparently meaning "bright boy" or "intelligent". I'm sure my sloppy googling is way off, but I'm equally sure the name was chosen to both be a very common one, and to to fit the storyline.

The extremely common name "Michael" apparently comes from the Hebrew "Who is like god?" - which has a pretty nice resonance.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 1:30 PM on July 14

The Rob Liefeld one nailed the feet.

Or utter lack thereof.
posted by grubi at 9:39 AM on July 16

The Rob Liefeld one nailed the feet.

This is the "Anime done by US/Canadian artists" thread. The "Northern Renaissance Crucifixion Triptychs done by US/Canadian artists" thread has yet to be made.
posted by GenjiandProust at 10:46 AM on July 16

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