Superman helps save looted World War II artwork, while Batman speaks to paratroopers in the field. Indonesian photographer Agan Harahap places superheroes (and an occasional villain) into iconic shots as a comment on what it means to be a hero.
Spider-Man in Cherbourg
Agan Harahap, a professional photographer and history buff in Jakarta, Indonesia, has placed superheroes (and the occasional villain) into famous historical photos -- to strange and sometimes ironic effect.
Here, Spider-Man appears poised for action as U.S. soldiers dodge enemy fire during the 1944 Battle of Cherbourg in Normandy, France. Harahap says his series explores the definition of a hero, and some of his photos indeed appear to comment on moments when the world needed heroes most.
Revenge-seeking freedom fighter V is for Vendetta (or possibly Victory) as German soldiers surrender in Ravenoville, France, in June 1944. Harahap, a contributor to an Indonesia-based music magazine, uses Photoshop to place superheroes in iconic historic images.
"Full victory, nothing else." In Harahap's hands, Batman replaces Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower to give orders to paratroopers at Greenham Common Airfield in England before they board planes for the first assault in the invasion of Europe. The day was June 5, 1944.
Superman joins U.S. soldiers as they carry priceless works of art down the steps of Germany's famed Neuschwanstein Castle in 1945. Hoards of European art treasures, stolen by the Nazis, were hidden there during World War II. "We Europeans still love Superman for liberating us!" one Flickr commenter wrote of this photo.
The so-called Big Three (Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin) discussing Europe's post-war reorganization at the Yalta Conference in February 1945. Well, counting Darth Vader, make that the Big Four. Harahap tells CNET he learns the story of each photo, then makes up his own.
Afghan resistance fighters return to a village destroyed by Soviet forces in 1986 -- and the Hulk stands right in the center of it all. Who does the Hulk represent here? It all depends on your point of view.