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'A' is for Captain America

'B' is for Batman

'C' is for Cyclops

'X' is for Professor X

'I' is for Iron Man

'W' is for Wolverine

'O' is for Omega Red

'V' is for Venom

'F' is for Flash

'L' is for Loki

'N' is for Nightcrawler

'P' is for Poison Ivy

'U' is for Ultron

The brainchild of Hong Kong-born Australia-based artist and illustrator Simon Koay, the SuperBet series features the 26 letters of the alphabet each designed to resemble a matching comic book character. Koay has created art prints from each design, or you can get the whole series on a single poster -- perfect for a bedroom wall or pinned up at a School for Gifted Youngsters.

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

The Superbet series came about when Koay was looking for a way to keep his creative alter ego busy.

"I just needed an outlet for illustrating as my day job at the time wasn't utilising my drawing skills," he told CNET. "I did the alphabet because I needed a passion project with some scope for longevity that I could keep working on instead of just a one-off."

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

Koay says he's always been a doodler, and his passion for comics started at an early age when he began collecting X-Men cards at the age of 9.

"I pretty much learned how to draw by pencil drawing the artwork from those cards," he says.

He's since built up a career in advertising, studying and working in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia, and now works as an illustrator full time.

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

Koay isn't just passionate about comics -- he's also done a range of other design projects, including work with big names such as Nike. But he now describes the Superbet series, which began as a "humble project," as one of his favourite works.

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

According to Koay, the project has developed over time.

"The first few only took me a night or two each, but then I started to get more critical of the project and the letters became more and more detailed, taking a couple more days or nights depending on the character."

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

As for his favourite designs, you clearly can't take the young comic fan out of the grown-up illustrator.

"My favourites would have to be Wolverine and Batman," he says. "But I am also biased because they've always been my favourite characters since I was a kid!"

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.

To see the full Superbet range and to find out more, head to Simon Koay's website.

Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
Caption by / Photo by Image © Simon Koay. Used with permission.
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