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October 21, 2009 5:51 AM   Subscribe

Superheroes in Old War Photographs. [via]
posted by Pater Aletheias (29 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Where's Wombatman? (sorry, I've kinda got a wom track mind today) But still, it could use some more variety, a couple Watchmen, the Tick, Wonder Woman, the Adam West Batman... instead of Darth Vader... Darth Vader?!? Wrong galaxy and so NOT a hero...
posted by wendell at 6:05 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

So some of these are rather apropos, I guess. Nazi Superman(mensch?)! Nazi Vader! Other ones I guess I just don't get. The Batman ones especially. And Spiderman, I guess. In any case, interesting find!
posted by This Guy at 6:06 AM on October 21, 2009

true juxtaposition in effect

I don't see any juxtaposition, or contrasting, at all. I just see some good 'shop skillz.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:09 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

The Flash one and the Superman one are good, the other ones are too anachronistic. They feel too much of their time to work in the 1940s.
posted by Kattullus at 6:52 AM on October 21, 2009

The times, they are a changin'...

posted by mccarty.tim at 6:53 AM on October 21, 2009

Damn, I loved that Watchman intro, if only because it addressed "how the hell are they going to show all that backstory?" so neatly.
posted by rokusan at 6:56 AM on October 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

The problem with this is that he used such recognizable stock photos. My brain is unable to see Superman in Neuschwanstein Castle because it only sees "That picture of Brandon Routh pasted into an old WW2 photo."
posted by straight at 6:57 AM on October 21, 2009 [3 favorites]

I was hoping for more era-appropriate versions of the heroes, plus they feel out of context. Why is Superman facing a different way, and Batman is looking completely the wrong way? Good 'shopping, though.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:01 AM on October 21, 2009

The perspectives, poses, and choices here are somewhat puzzling...why is Spiderman facing the opposite direction of all the troops in his shot, for example?

I think we some thought about which superhero in which photograph, these could be really excellent. Right now, they just feel like somebody with awesome photoshop skills doing it because they can...I'd like to see the skills married to some overarching sense of purpose/direction with the photographs, and then these might really become something other than "hey, neat!"

No offense, Pater - I think these are a neat find, I was just hoping for something more from the idea.
posted by never used baby shoes at 7:13 AM on October 21, 2009

Eisenhower was Batman? Who knew?

On a side note, that soldier he was talking to - Don Malarchy - is still going strong.
posted by Nick Verstayne at 7:29 AM on October 21, 2009

Nick Verstayne: Eisenhower was Batman

No, Jesus was Batman. No no no no not at all, that was Bruce Wayne!
posted by Kattullus at 7:33 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

I loved reading Darth Vader comics growing up.
posted by Eideteker at 7:57 AM on October 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

Fake! These are 'shopped. I can tell because I've seen a lot of pixels in my day and also light doesn't fall like that in that part of the world.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy at 8:49 AM on October 21, 2009

The Hulk photo works best, imho, given the concept and the base source image. It looks more like a casual snapshot taken in the field where the Hulk just happens to be with the troops. It feels more natural and "un-posed" than any of the others. He got the grain and focus correct (or close to correct) in the Hulk pic than in any of the others, too. It's closer to what I was expecting, based on the FPP.
posted by Thorzdad at 9:06 AM on October 21, 2009 [2 favorites]

This could have been awesome.
posted by Scoo at 9:10 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

No Cap and Bucky? Seriously missed the boat on that one.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:17 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

I liked the part with the superheros that weren't wearing costumes, just uniforms.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:19 AM on October 21, 2009 [3 favorites]

I liked the part with the superheros that weren't wearing costumes.
posted by ...possums at 9:36 AM on October 21, 2009

I liked the part with the superheroes.
posted by Solon and Thanks at 9:37 AM on October 21, 2009

Born in 1980 photographer and illustrator Agan Harahap from Jakarta, Indonesia, currently works for music magazine TRAX. His latest photography project called ‘Super Hero’ consists of a Something Awful Photoshop Phriday thread. Whoop.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:58 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

I disliked the part where it timed out and I couldn't see the superheroes.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 9:59 AM on October 21, 2009

posted by OHenryPacey at 10:04 AM on October 21, 2009

Coral cache: Main page; photo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
posted by dhartung at 10:33 AM on October 21, 2009

The problem with these things is that you have to put the "heroes" in the background. And these guys don't go in the background.

I agree that the Hulk one is the only one that sorta works.
posted by mrgrimm at 11:10 AM on October 21, 2009

This is something that Boilerplate did terrifically, and no one else need apply unless they have the chops to surpass the genius of Boilerplate.
posted by redsparkler at 11:28 AM on October 21, 2009 [1 favorite]

@ Redsparkler I love Boilerplate!

I was rather under whelmed by these photoshops to be honest. Which makes me sad, because I was really hoping to get a nice new desktop out of this article.
posted by theButterFly at 12:50 PM on October 21, 2009

i think you meant Super Heroes(tm).
posted by mrballistic at 1:02 PM on October 21, 2009

This is the kind of thing that I would normally love but the execution here leaves me cold. I agree with Thorzdad's evaluation that the Hulk photo works best for the reasons he states. That being said, the use of the Christian Bale and Brandon Routh images completely stymie any suspension of disbelief on my part - it would have been more effective to use amateur cosplay photo sources, in my opinion. That way there's less baggage to distract the audience from the illusion. That being said, given the mishmash of amateur/movie image sources and the inconsistency of the work, it looks like this was more like the artist was playing around with photoshop and the results somehow got linked to by various blogs. If these were an actual attempt at art, I would be so underwhelmed you'd need emergency equipment to get me out from all the whelm I'm under.
posted by ooga_booga at 1:46 PM on October 21, 2009

Don't forget the At-AT on a Nazi battlefield. Reasonably well done.
posted by Davenhill at 5:21 PM on October 21, 2009

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