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The work of japanese illustrator and Marvel fanboy Takumi – sundry Avengers rendered in traditional Ukiyo-e style, complete with their own kanji name and costume design. To wit:

Thor is pronounced tooru in Japanese, so he assigned the Japanese equivalent, which is (とる). Thanos’ 6 infinity stones served as the inspiration behind that name, which references the 6 realms of Buddhism.The patterns on each of the characters clothing are traditional Japanese designs and each references certain traits of the characters. Captain America’s pants use the shippo (七宝) pattern of layered circles, which references the shape of his shield. Thor’s pattern is pretty straightforward: the traditional cloud () pattern. Iron Man uses the complex bishamon kikko (毘沙門亀甲) pattern, which mimics the look of a circuit board.


A 1998 ‘proof of concept’ short featuring a real life duck who transforms into a cartoon superhero, directed by Uli Meyer (who, it will come as no surprise to learn, also worked on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Space Jam).

Meyer describes the film, scanned from a recently discovered 35mm negative, as ‘too long’.

That being said, you can still appreciate what could have been, but never was.