ARTS & CULTURE

Comic Villains: New 'Legion of Doom' Creator Bily Mariano Da Luz Depicts Real-Life Evildoers (IMAGES)

02/20/2013 11:40 am ET

Artist and illustrator Bily Mariano da Luz recently made comic book cartoons all the more disturbing my replacing the mythical super-villains with their real-life counterparts in his latest series, "Legion of Doom." Imaginary evildoers like the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus are replaced with real-life criminals or "suspicious figure[s]" including Osama Bin Laden and Charles Manson.

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The resulting images are disturbing in their playful aesthetic, alluding to the entertainment value sought in even the most horrific of events. Also, the series also includes some unlikely choices -- Mark Zuckerberg, really?

The Brazilian artist's real-life "Legion of Doom," which we first saw on Laughing Squid, provides a different take on the faces we often see splashed in newspapers and featured in history books. In an email to The Huffington Post, Da Luz explained:

"The depressing thing? Realising that if the comic book supervillains were actually the ones threatening real life, the world wouldn't be such a bad place."

What do you think of da Luz's unconventional drawings? Do you find them provocative or insensitive? Let us know in the comments section.

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