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Spock, Thor, other geek icons meet ancient Egypt (images)

Artist Josh Ln reimagines geek stars from Captain Kirk to X-Men as Egyptian gods in his series "Hero-glyphics." See what happens when modern geeks go back -- way back -- in time.

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Behold the power of pizza

Artist/illustrator and self-proclaimed nerd Josh Ln rewrites the histories of Spock, Captain Kirk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Power Rangers, X-Men, and other geek icons as ancient hieroglyphs in his series "Hero-glyphics." It doesn't surprise Ln which piece seems to have emerged as the fan favorite. "Probably the Ninja Turtles piece," he told Crave. "I think people have a strong reaction to pizza, as they should."
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Ancient Avengers

Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor would make any Egyptian god think twice before picking a fight.
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The Pyramid Directive?

"I am partial to the 'Star Trek' one," artist Josh Ln told Crave of the prints in his "Hero-glyphics" series. "Kirk was always really bad at obeying the Prime Directive, that this scenario could have actually happened."
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Mighty Morphin Ma'at Rangers

The pink, blue, and green Power Rangers take their place in Egyptian history in Josh Ln's modern twist on ancient hieroglyphs. Ln says he stumbled upon the idea for the series when reading too quickly. "Usually a curse," he told Crave, "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."
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Where there's a pyramid, there's Spider-Man?

The spider is associated with Egyptian goddess Neith, who weaves the destiny of mankind. Here it's Spider-Man spinning his own fate against the Green Goblin and the Vulture.
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The Phoenix rules over Wolverine and Cyclops

Professor Xavier teaches young Egyptian students the ways of the X-Men. "I did a lot of research on ancient Egyptian art and looked for symbols that would help me explain the heroes better," artist Josh Ln told Crave. He primarily draws on a tablet.
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Vigilante antiquities

Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, and Red Mist balance the scales of justice in this "Hero-glyph" by artist Josh Ln.

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