The Novel Summer of Masked Vigilantes


With the polarizing reception of Matthew Vaughn’s foul-mouthed Kick-Ass, the superhero genre is in full swing for 2010. There’s the highly anticipated sequel to Iron Man and Seth Rogen donning green tights for Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet. On top of that, this is also when shooting ends for Thor and most likely starts for Captain America. So what’s the big deal?* According to designer Fonografiks, a ’60s dime store aesthetic-meets-comic legend is a design category worthy of singular interpretation.

Just like how Kick-Ass­ features your layman “superzero” in a wetsuit, creative diehards have been jumping on the bandwagon and have taken to the canvas. The graphic designer in question, street name Steven Finch, has conceptualized retro-minimalist covers for novelizations of these masked vigilantes, in a perfect graphical storm of hero worship and creativity. Check ’em out:

If you like what you see, geek out with more of Finch’s other work.

*We’re not saying superhero summers are new by any means (see past summer films The Dark Knight and Watchmen), but this year’s selection is especially notable because it joins forces with other comic book fanboy adaptations like The Losers, Jonah Hex, and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World that show seemingly everyday citizens powering up and getting their feet wet in fighting crime.

[via Comics Beat]