Sophisticated irony. Philosophically challenging. “High” art

Superheroes have enjoyed a popular resurgence over the past decade, with a number of movies based on the Bif! Bam! Pow! raking in megabucks and esteemed authors such as Michael Chabon and Jonathan Lethem basing works on their appreciation for classic comics.

In the same vein, Under the Influence: A Tribute to Stan Lee, an exhibit co-hosted by esteemed Los Angeles comic shop Golden Apple and art gallery Gallery 1988, has a number of artists offering their own interpretation of classic Marvel characters. The results are a lot of fun, particularly for those who have a couple long boxes stashed away in their closet. Sci-fi website io9 has a nice photo gallery, as does and the L.A. Weekly.