- Artist David Talaski turned the men of the Marvel Cinematic Universe into classic, raunchy pinups.
- Talaski spoke to Insider about his work, which has since sold out, and he said he wanted to combine his love for superheroes with his love for vintage pinup illustration.
- Talaski said: “Something about classic pinup that appeals to me is that it’s both sexy and a little ridiculous.”
- Talaski depicts Thor in a pink bathrobe, Tony Stark washing a car, and Black Panther in a gym locker room amongst others.
- Captain America is the most popular of his works, while Thor is a close second.
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Talaski spoke to Insider about his reimaginings of the Marvel men, and he said that he and husband are superfans of comics and superhero movies.
“When I decided I was going to table at our local comic-con in Portland, I wanted to do something that combined my love for superheroes with my love for vintage pinup illustration,” Talaski told Insider.
“Something about classic pinup that appeals to me is that it’s both sexy and a little ridiculous. Spicy, but not too spicy that you can’t hang it in your bathroom and still have mum over,” Talaski told Insider.
The artist said that he came up with the idea after deciding he was going to get a table at his local comic-con in Portland, and he wanted to combine his love for superheroes with his love for vintage pinup illustration.
“It’s fun to see men, with all their brawn, put in a more domestic and haphazard situation you would find one of Gil Elvgren’s ladies in,” Talaski said. “I just wanted to make something cheeky and fun for everyone who enjoys the hunks of the superhero world.”
Talaski depicts Chris Hemsworth’s Thor in a pink bathrobe.
“Thor is uber comfortable with his masculinity – he wouldn’t bat an eye at wearing a pink polka-dot robe – in fact, he feels pretty,” Talaski said.
“The idea of taking the God of thunder and putting him in a pink robe that’s snagged on the shower door, or the sorcerer supreme dealing with a cheeky magic cape as he goes about his morning routine, makes me giggle.”
He pictured Doctor Strange making breakfast while using his powers.
“Silks and garters just feels appropriate for the Sorcerer Supreme – and why step outside to grab the morning paper when you can make a portal,” Talaski said.
Loki is imagined gossiping on the phone by Talaski.
“I usually base the poses and outfits off the character’s personalities,” Talaski said. “Loki is a bit sleazy but also has good taste, so an emerald silk robe with matching slippers is what he would wear while spreading some hot goss.”
T’Challa, aka Black Panther, is drawn in a gym locker room.
“T’Challa may be busy ruling over Wakanda, but he still finds time to hit the gym,” Talaski said of his Black Panther reimagining.
Peter Quill, aka Star Lord, floats through space while listening to music.
Of his reimagining of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill, Talaksi said: “Starlord spends his downtime rocking out to some radical tunes, in zero gravity of course.”
Talaski depicts Tony Stark washing a car.
“Tony could pay someone to wash his cars, but when else can he show off his daisy-dukes?” Talaski joked about his depiction of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.
Talaski imagined Bucky Barnes drinking his morning coffee in bed.
“Someone was kind enough to bring Bucky a cup of joe, he had a long night,” Talaski said about his portrayal of Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier.
Talaski’s most popular depiction is of Steve Rodgers caught in a compromising pose.
“I don’t think Steve needs an explanation. Can you honestly imagine him wearing anything other than tighty-whiteys?” Talaski said. “Captain America is by far my most popular. People love that old man. Thor is a close second though.”
Aquaman is the first DC pinup Talaski has done so far.
However, Talaski told Insider he’s working more with DC. Here, he paid a “loose homage to the coppertone pose” with his pinup of Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman.
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