Mash-Ups and Mayhem…Or Is That Bayhem?

Butcher Billy mashes up New Wave musicians with DC Heroes

There’s a lot of inspired art and writing in comic books and mainstream movies these days, but there’s been an equally impressive amount of quality work in the form of witty, loving homages to the source material. A few great examples to catch HeroWiz’s eye lately include:

Butcher Billy Superheroes

Butcher Billy’s portrayal of famous DC heroes as equally iconic legends of college rock. Let’s face it, Ian Curtis IS Batman.

Adam Cillacin X-Men Mash Up
This fun mash-up of The X-Men and lyrics from The Smiths or Morrissey songs. Who knows angst better than misunderstood mutants and misanthropic Mancunians?

Wes Anderson on the X-Men
Those same oddball X-Men standing in for major characters from the cinematic works of Wes Anderson. Come to think of it, Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters DOES look a little like the Rushmore campus.


This as-ridiculous-as-you-think-it-will-be reimagining of the feel-good Pixar flick Up, if it had been [mis]directed by Michael Bay. All that’s missing is a shot of Dug transforming into Ravage.

Mike McCann

Mike McCann is a lifelong geek with a deep and abiding passion for comic books, science fiction and all things pop culture. Why, yes - he IS an only child...how did you know? He's also a history major, a hockey and football fanatic and a music nerd of the highest order. In other words, you want him on your pub trivia team. Seven year old Mike once received a letter from DC Comics encouraging him to "keep drawing and maybe you'll work for us someday!" His grade school library published a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired book he wrote at 12, and he's never looked back. Since then, he has worked in creative or strategic roles at college radio stations and newspapers, record companies, music magazines, dens of Internet iniquity, budding media empires, global telecommunications outfits and software development consultancies, with each stop allowing him to turn his hobbies into a job. Call him the Vice President of (Arrested) Business Development. Mike lives in Toronto, Canada with his patient wife and their five year old, superhero-obsessed son. Among their prized possessions are a NM copy of X-Men #94, a replica of the Shakespeare bust from the Batman TV show and a Death Star cookie jar.

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