Superhero Angst: Andreas Englund’s Portraits of a Geriatric Crusader

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Being a superhero must be all well and good — saving pretty girls from blazing buildings, engaging in long choreographed fistfights with villains in silly outfits, flying — but what happens when you start to feel the pull of advancing years? Most superhero films and comics keep their protagonists in a state of perpetual youth, but Swedish artist Andreas Englund has created a series of paintings that examine what might happen if this wasn’t the case. The result is a series of amusing and surprisingly tender portraits that follow an aging, jump-suited crusader as he struggles with a series of mundane and not so mundane tasks — one minute our hero’s trying to catch his breath after pulverizing a heap of bad guys, the next minute he’s visiting the dentist or fumbling with a tangerine. Mortality… it’s a bitch, eh?

Image credit: Andreas Englund. [Spotted via Dangerous Minds]

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund

Image credit: Andreas Englund