I know right away that I’m going to take some flak for this post, but what else is new? Enjoy these totally awesome Legion of Doom inspired posters of real life super villains. I know that it’s a bit sensational to refer to some of the worst people in history as the equivalent to dastardly comic book fiends, but outside of the immediate humor and aesthetic value here, there are remarkably thought out underpinnings. For the full set of these glorious golden age images, keep reading.
Real Life Super Villains and the Legion of Doom – Gorgeous Art and Argument Worth Subjects
It’s both interesting and unfortunate that as time passes, many of the worst of our real life super villains have become caricatures of themselves, even without the help of satirical art. As history fades out of recent memory and the younger generations rely on schooling and textbooks to convey the atrocities attached to some of these names, the result is beginning to be the viewing of these figures as caricatures of themselves. Today’s entertainment finds that the best way to stick it to the bad guy is with with irreverent humor- and who’s to say they’re wrong? Treating a vicious dictator or murderer as a buffoon collectively helps us to mentally de-claw him. The flip side is that we have an entire generation who is pretty sure that Hitler was that guy that got shot in the face at the movies like, way back in the fifties or something.
Drawing the correlation between the evil doers of the real world and the hugely stylized comic book villain isn’t actually that far of a stretch, as far as personality and back story go. (If you’re not a comic nerd, I’ll help you out, don’t worry.) With the philosophical thoughts out of the way, I suppose I have to admit that Bush or Zuckerberg aren’t what I would categorize real life super villains. However, that’s a matter of opinion that I’m sure at least one militant supporter will want to slug out in the comments. In the mean time, let’s just look at all the pretty pictures!
Bin Laden as Green Goblin- known for bombing things just to see them burn and running away afterwards to hide his insanity
Mao Zedong as Darkseid – known for pursuing complete control over the thoughts and emotions of all living beings in the universe
Muammar Gaddafi as Bizarro – on Jokerworld, the ‘greatest hero’ and leader of a reimagined “JLA” (the “Joker’s League of Anarchy”)
Adolf Hitler as Galactus – a demigod like being who experiences hunger so strongly that he consumes planets for their life energies
Charles Manson as the Joker - he has committed crimes both whimsical and brutal, all with a logic and reasoning that (in Batman’s words) “make sense to him alone.”
Mark David Chapman as Doctor Octopus – stocky, myopic man who is obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying
Spider-Man John Lennon
Joseph Stalin as Kraven – a Russian immigrant lives by a code of honor of sorts, who hunts and purges based on his own ideals of worthiness
George W. Bush as Two-Face – a gimmick based super villain who chooses to bring about good or evil based upon the outcome of a random coin flip
Mark Zuckerberg as Loki – growing up in the shadow of Thor he consistently felt ridiculed and resentful, and his mischievousness eventually became malice as his hunger for power and revenge grew stronger
If you want more detailed explanations on the character choices (don’t shoot the messenger, okay?), want more cool animated gifs, or want to buy a t-shirt with one of these rad designs, check out Butcher Billy’s Behance page and show the artist some love.