A few years ago I did a series of designs updating historical figures as modern superheroes and villains. Above is my design for GK – the modern incarnation of Genghis Khan. He spends his days hanging at Venice Beach, and his nights battling evil with his trusty bo staff.
Your challenge…in case you haven’t guessed…is to take a person from history and re=imagine them as a modern hero or villain
The winner this week will receive a HeroMachine rendering of my take on the same character.
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Hey, here’s my submission for the History Revisited Contest.
It’s my interpretation of Gonzalo Guerrero, a Spanish sailor who shipwrecked in Yucatán, became enslaved by the Maya, and eventually joined and assimilated into their society, even having the first “mestizo” (mixed-race of European and Amerindian ancestry) children in history. He was instrumental in the Maya resistance against the Spaniard conquistadores, and is considered a very important historical figure in Latin America.
So here’s a modern version of him, living in a modern world which would be his nightmare:
Gonzalo Guerrero, by Daro.Aug
(not sure if hyperlink works)
My submission is a modern interpretation of Jack The Ripper. “Jakku The Ripper” stalks the streets of modern day Tokyo in search of ladies of the night to fill his need for death. An unfortunate soul has just crossed paths with him on this fateful night….
Great contest Idea But I just want to bring this up but forgive me since I’m not a history buff but wasn’t Genghis Khan a bad guy?
In what context?
He was the leader of his people, and he was a great conqueror.
Would you say Caesar, or Alexander the Great, to be bad guys? And ask french people about Napoleon. Yet, all of these were villified by the people on the wrong end of their attentions.
Closer today, people like Bush or Blair are seen as bad guys by millions of people, not so much by others.
So, in that regard, he wasn’t any more, or less, of a bad guy, than any of our famed military leaders.
Maybe even less: Although known as a ruthless and genocidal conqueror by the countries he invaded, he practiced meritocracy, encouraged religious tolerance, and established numerous laws in favor of women.
If GK had been european instead of invading it, we would worship him to this day 😉
Mine is a modern day Robin Hood
With his 2 guns, batons, and forearm arrow launchers he patrols the streets of modern day Nottingham. And yes…he still robs from the rich and gives back to the poor and less fortunate.
My entry is Gilgamesh, the First Hero!
After finally finding the Plant of Immortality Utnapishtin instructed him to seek, King Gilgamesh of Uruk achieves his objective of becoming immortal, but gets bitten by a snake, causing him to fall into a supernaturally deep slumber.
Waking up more than 4000 years later, in 2018, the ancient king finds himself in a changed world. The glorious Mesopothamia is now gone, replaced by some country named Iraq; his beautiful Uruk lies in ruins, leaving nothing more than archeological treasures; even the gods from which he descends were forgotten.
Without a purpose now that his kingdom is gone and his desire for immortality was fulfilled, he decides to use his amazing abilities to protect the innocent and atone for his mistakes. Now the legendary demigod has become the newest superhero in the Iraqi city of Samawah, using his amazing strenght, speed, invulnerability and precognition to fight evil wherever it roams.
My entry is Hatshepsut, female Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt:
No one know who the hero Sekhem* really is, and no one would believe it to be the powerful businesswoman Hatshepsut. Head of one of the largest companies in the world, she has ties in everything from warfare to trade and back again. But all that has come at a price. Her nephew, Amenhotep, bitter that he did not become head of the company, turned to villainy. At first, his goal was to ‘wipe her name from the face of the earth’, but has broadened his sights to try and carve out his own empire, beginning with the criminal underground. Donning a suit of the most advanced technology (and drawing on her time in the military), Hatshepsut will protect the world from his machinations.
Picture is her in and out of costume.
*the word sekhem is where the name of the goddess Sekhmet is derived from. the real Hatshepsut associated herself with this goddess, an important war deity.
Challenge closed. Results posted shortly.