'Hero-glyphics' reveal geek icons as Egyptian gods

Artist Josh Ln rewrites the histories of Spock, Captain Kirk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Power Rangers, the X-Men, and more as ancient hieroglyphs.

Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor would make any Egyptian god think twice before picking a fight.
Iron Man, Captain America and Thor would make any Egyptian god think twice before picking a fight. Josh Ln

What if King Tut went up against the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Or Cleopatra seduced Thor instead of Anthony? Would Anubis and Wolverine be best friends or mortal enemies? With Josh Ln's art series "Hero-glyphics," it's not too far fetched to picture some of the world's most beloved comic book and sci-fi characters mingling with Egyptian deities.

"I came up with the idea by reading too quickly," Ln told Crave. "Usually a curse, but this time I read 'hieroglyphics' as 'heroglyphics,' and then I began daydreaming of how cool that would be and which heroes would find themselves carved on ancient walls."

"I did a lot of research on ancient Egyptian art and looked for symbols that would help me explain the heroes better," the Kansas City, Mo., artist continued. "For example, I would see a great orange bird in my research and think that would make a great representation of Phoenix from X-Men and then I would build around that idea."

It's not surprising that heroes could blend in so well with gods -- after all, Thor is one. "It makes a lot of sense because superheroes are always portrayed as very powerful god-like beings," Ln told Crave. "The subject matter matches up with the original application so well."

Ln sells his "Hero-glyphics" prints on the sites Society6 and The Bazaar for between $16 and $55, depending on the size.

(Via Designboom)

About the author

Crave freelancer Bonnie Burton is the best-selling author of "The Star Wars Craft Book" and host of the Web show "Geek DIY." When she's not writing or vlogging about sci-fi pop culture, robot fighters, and taco-delivery drones, she enjoys acting out Benedict Cumberbatch replicant fantasies with her Admiral Sackbar puppet. E-mail Bonnie.

 

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