Imagine an alternate universe where the superheroes we have come to know and love in the form of comic books and action films have transformed into beloved manatees instead. Can you imagine it? Well, you don’t have to, because Joel Micah Harris has done all the work for you already.

On his Deviantart account, Harris has taken many classic Marvel and DC Comics heroes and illustrated them as a superhero league of manatees, often coming up with clever plays on words to join superhero names with their manatee counterparts. Want the Justice League? Nope, you’re getting the Justice League of Manatees instead. Want the Avengers? Well, the Manatee Avengers will assemble instead!

The illustrator’s artistic style, with its bold pen strokes and angular lines, pay tribute to classic comic book art style while transforming the characterizations of superheroes we have come to love as a bolder, better, animalistic form.

We tried to select only a few of our favorite by Harris, but we couldn’t help ourselves. Here’s a majority of his ongoing illustration project:

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Thor Avengers

Thor Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Green Lantern

Green Lantern Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - X-Men Cyclops

Cyclops Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Iron Man

The Invincible Iron Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Wonder Woman

Wonder Womanatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Superman

Super Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - The Flash

Flash: The Fastest Manatee Alive

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Spider-Man

Spider-Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Aquaman

Aquamanatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Batman

Batmanatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Captain America

Captain Amanatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Black Widow

Black Widow Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - Hawkeye Avengers

Hawkeye Manatee

Superhero Manatees by  Joel Micah Harris - X-men Wolverine

Wolverine Manatee

 Think about what would happen if Hollywood decided to ditch the A-list actors and replaced them with real-life manatees instead. Odd thought, but we find the concept highly amusing, if lacking in the action actors like Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale could achieve. What can we say, this illustration series has got us thinking a little!

For more of this on-going series, check out Harris’s Deviantart gallery. If you’re interested in purchasing any of his super manatee apparel, check out his RedBubble page for more information.

(all images via Joel Micah Harris;  h/t: Lost at E Minor)

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