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:
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!