It’s been said that things like Star Wars and superheroes are our modern day mythology, and to a large extent, that’s very much true. This is exactly why these pieces from artist Josh Lane, featuring heroes from various aspects of nerd culture, but rendered in the style of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, are so very, very cool. More often than not, Egyptian hieroglyphics displayed their gods, goddesses and heroes, so mashing those up with our own modern day mythos is kind of a no-brainer. I’m just surprised it took as long as it did for someone out there to do it right.
There are twelve pieces in total; three feature heroes from Marvel Comics: the Avengers, the X-Men and Spider-Man. Of course, Star Trek and Star Wars are included as well. (How could they not be?) Video game culture is represented with some Legend of Zelda action, and for you Whedonites out there, yes, there is indeed a Firefly piece. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers made the cut too, and even the characters from Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass show up in this series. (But really, no DC heroes? I think we need another series of these to get made in order to rectify that oversight.) And there are also a couple of surprises in there that you probably weren’t expecting.
You can check out all twelve pieces in the gallery below, and artist Josh Lane has prints of each of them for sale at this site.