Morrissey as Superman (Image: Butcher Billy)
To their fans, artists like Morrissey, Siouxsie and the Banshees, John Lydon and The Cure are already superheroes for the music they make.
But these fantastic illustrations take the superhero thing to a whole new level.
'The Post-Punk/New Wave Super Friends' is a project by Brazilian designer Butcher Billy that turns some iconic musicians into members of DC's Super Friends superhero team.
Robert Smith of The Cure as Plasticman (Image: Butcher Billy)
According to the artist, the idea of combining comic book heroes with musicians comes straight out of his childhood:
"As a child of the 80′s I was heavily influenced by everything from saturday morning cartoons on TV to the music coming from the radio," he writes. "Ian Curtis or Johnny Rotten are as iconic to me as Superman or Batman."
Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees as Wonder Woman (Image: Butcher Billy)
The artist also wanted to explore the tension between the heart-on-sleeve emotions of his musical heroes and the larger-than-life ideal of the superhero.
"Real people or imaginary characters, the incorruptible ideals of perfect superheroes or the human flaws and desires sometimes so desperately depicted in song lyrics - all of those influences affect us to the point of defining our character and personality, career paths and life choices," he says.
Ian Curtis of Joy Division as Batman (Image: Butcher Billy)
You can see more of Butcher Billy's work at Society6.
Mark Mothersbaugh from DEVO as The Flash (Image: Butcher Billy)
John Lydon of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Limited as Firestorm (Image: Butcher Billy)
Billy Idol as Aquaman (Image: Butcher Billy)
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