For Brazilian artist Butcher Billy, the difference between the superhero characters and rock idols of his youth is minimal. Billy explores where the two collide in his The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends project. The illustrated series features a mash-up of ‘80s icons appearing as superheroes—there’s Morrissey as Superman, Ian Curtis as Batman and Mark Mothersbaugh as The Flash. The mock DC Comic illustrations also include fitting lyrics from each featured musician’s songs. Billy’s project explores the question of what makes a pop culture icon through great work in illustration and character design.
Robert Smith (The Cure) as Plastic Man
Billy Idol as Aquaman
John Lydon (Sex Pistols, PiL) as Firestorm
Mark Mothersbaugh (DEVO) as The Flash
Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees) as Wonder Woman
Ian Curtis (Joy Divison) as Batman
Morrissey (The Smiths) as Superman