Great Ideas Never Die….(they just get copied)

Haunted Arkham Asylum by ArtistAbe (Courtesy of DeviantArt)
Haunted Arkham Asylum by ArtistAbe (Courtesy of DeviantArt)
I have to thank my wife for finding this great piece of work on Deviant Art, otherwise I would never have known about it. Now how awesome and creative is this? The artist has taken the Batman universe and thrown the characters into the familiar settings rendered by Disney Imagineers for the Haunted Mansion – I mean that is just sweet. Upon examining the artwork let’s first start with the characters. Everyone knows about Batman and Robin and the Joker, but the artist chose to include some lesser known names (lesser known to people who are not comic addicts of course). I love the fact that the artist added Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, and Clayface to these images. The layout is so creative and yet it holds to the settings laid out in the original haunted mansion paintings. Let’s talk about those paintings – they’re classic. If you have never been to Disneyland or Disney World then you need to find a way to get there because both my wife and I feel those places are two of the most relaxing and fun places to go. Sure they’re tourists traps but they also happen to be a great destination. Disney is known for their imaginative artwork and the Haunted Mansion attraction features some of the best works. The long portraits of some of the Mansion’s “guests – as they appeared in their mortal state” offer an idea of what you are in for when you walk into the mansion – spooky fun. My favorite portrait is the business man missing his pants and reading a letter while standing on a barrel of TNT. Yeah we all can relate to that can’t we? I hate it when I have to read something and I end up losing my pants while standing on a powder keg that is ready to launch me into orbit. What the artist did here was great. He kept the same setting – the TNT, the pants-less legs, and the pompous pose – and replaced it with the most popular Batman villain: the Joker. The facial expression is a great mimic to the original figure. Even the color scheme is on par with the tones used in the original although somehow they also manage to reveal their own identity. The artist has in fact taken two ideas that he was familiar with and created a derivative work that is all original. The Characters are strong resemblances to the animated series but just different enough that you can sense the artist license embedded in the canvas. I love this kind of art. I would hope the original Disney and DC Comics artists would not be offended by these works because this is simply a tribute to two great franchises that we are all familiar with.

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