Monday, 8 February 2016

Post-Punk in the Marvel style...

Superheroes of rock’n’roll 

Kathryn Bromwich
4 April 2015

Graphic designer by day, cartoonist by night, Butcher Billy has a soft spot for dual-identity superheroes. While growing up, the Brazilian artist was influenced by Saturday morning TV cartoons and the music on his radio. “I’m a huge fan of comics, cinema, music, games, art,” he says. “Salvador Dali, Tim Burton, David Bowie, Andy Warhol, Stanley Kubrick populate my mind all at the same time, and the weird thing is it makes total sense.” In his latest series, Post-Punk Marvels, he combines favourite musicians with superheroes who match their personality. “Musicians were my heroes when I was a kid, just like comic characters were.”

Robert Smith as Nightcrawler: “Robert is this weird and dark guy that prefers the shadows - but he is also romantic and good-hearted.”

John Lydon as Wolverine: “Lydon has an aggressive and impulsive nature. He’s hot-tempered, but he’s still the best there is at what he does.”

Ian Curtis as Spider-Man: “The Spider-Man from the 60s and 70s was actually very tragic. There was love, death and failure in those stories.”

Morrissey as the Hulk: “I’ve always seen a duality in Moz that was interesting to explore: he can be both sweet and sour.”

Mark Mothersbaugh as Iron Man: “Mark, from Devo, always strikes me as a pioneering tech-genius nerd that has lots of fun doing his own thing.”

Siouxsie Sioux as Scarlet Witch: “Siouxsie is a powerful woman who has always been kind of magical.”

Billy's own excellent website with many, many more works (including DC stuff for all you fanboys) is at

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