Marvel Pixel Art Tribute Charts Evolution of Superheroes from 1939 to 2022
After 2 years, a dedicated Marvel Comics fan has completed an iconic art project creating a pixelated history of Marvel Comics since its debut in 1939.
The Marvel Comics’ the shared universe is one of the longest-running media franchises in world history, remaining as popular and beloved as ever more than 80 years after its inception, and a new piece of fan art lists all the major heroes, villains, and gods of the Marvel Universe over its decades of evolution. Dan Hainsworth is the dedicated Marvel fan who took 2 years to create a pixelated version of most of Marvel’s major characters, in the order they first appeared in the comics, ending with a huge pixelated poster celebrating Marvel’s cosmic history.
Fans of the Marvel Comics Universe make beautiful fan art of their favorite characters all the time, but it’s certainly another level of dedication to spend two full years creating such a masterpiece of evolution of marvel. Dan Hainsworth’s art is incredibly fun to watch, but it also provides some fascinating insight into how Marvel’s character design has evolved over the years, with character designs becoming increasingly complex and showing an obvious increase of Marvel’s portrayal of racial and gender diversity over time. decades.
Marvel Comics began in 1939 and was then known as Timely Comics, where Marvel’s first heroes were printed, the iconic android Human Torch, Angel, Namor the Submarine and Ka-Zar, who can all be seen. like the first 4 characters in Hainsworth’s pixelated tribute. After nearly 20 years as Timely, then Atlas Comics, the publication became known as Marvel Comics in 1961 around the same time Stan Lee revolutionized superhero comics and introduced the first Marvel’s heroic family, The Fantastic Four. Hainsworth’s awesome 8-bit style art was shared by him on Reddit (@dthains_art) and is titled “Wonderful”, an artwork he describes as “…an evolution of Marvel Comics from 1939 to the present day.” Of course, if someone tried to include all character in a piece of art like this, the project would probably never end, but Hainsworth made sure to highlight nearly every major character introduced since 1939’s Human Torch, and even uploaded updated versions. poster day after Reddit commenters found “major” characters missing.
Dan Hainsworth’s “Marvelous” is a fabulous piece of art because it doesn’t just lay out every popular character in chronological order, but Hainsworth took the time to create characters, especially monsters, creatures other realms or Marvel gods of different sizes than everyday human or metahuman characters. While the sizes are of course not exact, having massive characters like Ego the Living Planet, the Celestials, Fin Fang Foom, and Eternity scaled up makes the art much more dynamic. The seemingly endless sea of characters also offers longtime fans a fun “Where’s Waldo” search game, where random characters like the Runaways the pet dinosaur Old Lace, Kate Pryde’s alien dragon Lockheed, and the new Krakoan mutant Cosmar all appear in the room. Impressively, Hainsworth also attempted to include major character design improvements, such as the inclusion of the new Krakoan-era Professor X, as well as many of the newly introduced Arakkii mutants that just became canon in 2020.
by Dan Hainsworth fan art is the perfect way to honor the 80+ year legacy of Marvel Comicsso fans of the Marvel Universe and creative 8-bit art should be sure to give the “Marvelous” love on Reddit.
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