We’re no strangers to the ‘80s pastiche of Stranger Things. The new Netflix series has taken the world by storm with its retro appeal, concurrently reworking iconic ‘80s film themes and presenting them in an original storyline. (Plus, of course, it has the advantage of modern visual effects.) The best part of the show is that it always remains self-aware of its stylistic origins, playing on our nostalgia for a bygone era rather than cheapening our memories with a hackneyed recreation.
Understandably, such a show was bound to inspire some killer fan art. The coolest thing we’ve seen so far comes from artist and designer, Matt Ferguson, whose art we’ve highlighted before (he does a lot of work for Marvel). His new poster, seen below, is brilliant, a perfect juxtaposition of childhood innocence and the terror of discovering that that monster under your bed is real.
Just for fun and for you. I loved Stranger Things. pic.twitter.com/DCHYox7tY8
— Matt Ferguson (@Cakes_Comics) July 20, 2016
In the top two thirds, our heroic foursome—presumably post-abduction—is biking through the misty woods in a very E.T.-esque portrayal. The bottom third shows our lost boy Will in some Poltergeist-like realm, running from the grotesque creature that’s hunting him there.
“Just for fun and for you. I loved Stranger Things,” Ferguson said via Twitter when he posted the art. The artist alludes in the comments, though, that it may not be just for fun and that prints may be forthcoming. When prodded about selling them, he tweeted, “Announcement soon.” He was also unabashed about his love for Stranger Things, calling it “the best TV show in years.”
And it’s certainly right up there. What do you think of the poster? Any other great Stranger Things fan art you’ve seen? Let us know in the comments.