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14 Enjoyable Fan Art Mashups

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One of the greatest things about fan art mash ups is that each picture can paint a story that our minds immediately want to start filling in with the details we know about the existing creations. In fact, some of the images make us long for a full length feature exploring the combination of two completely different worlds. Here are a few of the greatest and geekiest mashups around.

1. Futurama/X-Men

There are tons of Futurama art mashups, but this one, by DeviantArt user gottabecarl, is by far the best if only for the amazing number of characters he managed to work into one creation. Now that is one dedicated fan.

2. X-Men/A Christmas Story

What happens when Wolverine is “triple dog dared” to lick Iceman’s chest in this image by Jason Welborn? The same thing that happens to poor Flick in A Christmas Story. Fortunately for Wolverine, while it will still hurt like crazy to pull his tongue free, at least his mutant healing powers will allow him to walk away without a bandage tied to his tongue.

3. Avengers/Spongebob Squarepants

There was tons of Avengers fan art created after the film was released last summer, but when it comes to fun mashups, it’s hard to beat the combination of superheroes with Spongebob’s underwater world by Alex Ryan. While Sandy could probably hold her own, it’s pretty hard to imagine the rest of this team doing much damage against Planki’s evil hordes.

4. The Gals of Gotham/Disney Princesses

In a way, it’s too bad that Disney bought Marvel rather than DC, because as DeviantArt user BrowncoatFiction has discovered, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, and Catwoman all make pretty great princesses. I particularly like the idea of Princess Catwoman going around stealing the jewels of the other Disney princesses.

5. Ren & Stimpy/Batman

In a world where the best superhero has a head made from powdered toast and flies backwards as the people he rescues grab on his butt, would it really be that bad if a moronic cat and grumpy chihuahua had all of Batman’s wonderful gadgets? Of course, as creator Steven Howard points out, the pair might be too self-involved and lazy to actually get out of their Bat Cave very often.

6. Boba Fett/Batman

The great thing about Plino Pinto’s Star Wars/Batman creation is that, in this scenario, Batman has either turned bounty hunter or Boba Fett has turned into a hero. Either way, the resulting story would certainly be fascinating.

7. Spider-Man/Kirby

If Kirby really did inherit Spider-Man’s powers like he does in this artwork by DeviantArt user soulrailer, just imagine how powerful he could become—particularly when fighting against other Nintendo icons in Super Smash Bros.

8. Adventure Time/Skyrim

Finn and Jake are all about video games and kicking butt, so really, they’d probably love playing Skyrim, and if Finn could make himself into the Dovahfinn—like in this great design by DeviantArt user radiostarkiller—then he’d be that much happier.

9. Wall-E/Star Wars


One of the best things about this creation by James Silvani is that he didn’t take the easy road to make Wall-E and EVE into droids. Instead he cast the two lovers as another great set of sci-fi romantics—Princess Leia and Han Solo.

10. Toy Story/The Shining

What happens when you take one of Stephen King’s most famous stories and replace all the characters with toys? You get Kyle Lambert’s Toy Shining. And fortunately for us, Kyle didn’t just limit himself to one or two images, but instead captured a variety of the greatest scenes—from the “All work and no play” typewriter, to “Here’s Johnny,” to the creepy twin girls. He’s translated it all into the world of Toy Story.

11. Muppets/Lord of the Rings

Despite his size, Sweetums is such a kind character that I can’t help but feel that this Lord of the Rings mashup by Justin Larocca Hansen actually depicts more of a hide-and-go-seek scenario than a fear-filled scene where these Muppets are hiding for their lives.

12. Harry Potter/Doctor Who

This blend of sci-fi and fantasy seems odd when you really think about it, but somehow Matt Smith’s boyish charms and the mysterious workings of the TARDIS make this mashup by Jeffrey Delgado work surprisingly well.

13. Doctor Who/The Wizard of Oz


If Simon Breeze’s Cyberman only had a heart, then he’d almost certainly need another upgrade, because as any fully functional Cyberman will tell you, emotions only make you weak.

14. Doctor Who/Wallace and Gromit

In a way, Tom Baker’s cheerful and goofy version of the Doctor really does make him perfect for a Wallace and Gromit cartoon staring the Doctor and K-9. If only Roger Langridge could work together with the BBC and Nick Park to make this a reality.

If these stories became realities, which would you want to watch? Also, do any of you have some ideas for great mashups—even if you don’t have the artistic abilities to make them yourself?

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Hägar the Horrible
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King Features Syndicate

For 45 years, the anachronistic adventures of a Scandinavian Viking named Hägar have populated the funny papers. Created by cartoonist Dik Browne, Hagar the Horrible is less about raiding and pillaging and more about Hägar’s domestic squabbles with wife Helga. If you’re a fan of this red-bearded savage with a surprisingly gentle demeanor, check out some facts about the strip’s history, Hägar’s status as a soda pitchman, and his stint as a college football mascot.

1. HÄGAR IS NAMED AFTER HIS CREATOR.

Richard Arthur “Dik” Browne got his start drawing courtroom sketches for New York newspapers; he debuted a military strip, Ginny Jeep, for servicemen after entering the Army in 1942. Following an advertising stint where he created the Chiquita Banana logo, he was asked to tackle art duties on the 1954 Beetle Bailey spinoff strip Hi and Lois. When he felt an urge to create his own strip in 1973, Browne thought back to how his children called him “Hägar the Horrible” when he would playfully chase them around the house. “Immediately, I thought Viking,” he told People in 1978. Hägar was soon the fastest-growing strip in history, appearing over 1000 papers.

2. HE COULD HAVE BEEN BULBAR THE BARBARIAN.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Working on Hi and Lois with cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey) gave Browne an opportunity to solicit advice on Hägar from his more experienced colleague. As Walker recalled, he thought “Hägar” would be too hard for people to pronounce or spell and suggested Browne go with “Bulbar the Barbarian” instead. Browne brushed off the suggestion, preferring his own alliterative title.

3. A HEART ATTACK COULD HAVE CHANGED HÄGAR’S FATE.

When Browne came up with Hägar, he sent it along to a syndicate editor he knew from his work on Hi and Lois. According to Chris Browne, Dik’s son and the eventual artist for Hägar after his father passed away in 1989, the man originally promised to look at it after he got back from his vacation. He changed his mind at the last minute, reviewing and accepting the strip before leaving. Just days later, while on his ski vacation, the editor had a heart attack and died. If he hadn’t approved the strip prior to his passing, Browne said, Hägar may never have seen print.

4. THE STRIP HELPED BROWNE AVOID VANDALS.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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Chris Browne recalled that Halloween in his Connecticut neighborhood was a time for kids to show their appreciation for his father’s work. While trick-or-treaters were busy covering nearby houses in toilet paper or spray paint, they spared the Browne residence. The only evidence of their vandalism was a spray-painted sign that read, “Mr. Browne, We Love Hägar.”

5. BROWNE’S DAUGHTER TALKED HIM OUT OF KIDNAPPING PLOTS.

Vikings were not known for being advocates for human rights. Hägar, despite his relatively genteel persona, still exhibited some barbaric traits, such as running off with “maidens” after a plundering session. Speaking with the Associated Press in 1983, Browne admitted he toned down the more lecherous side of Hägar after getting complaints from his daughter. “Running off with a maiden isn’t funny,” she told him. “It’s a crime.”

6. HÄGAR ENDORSED SODA.

A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible
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Despite his preference for alcohol, Hägar apparently had a bit of a sweet tooth as well. In the 1970s, King Features licensed out a line of soda cans featuring some of their most popular comic strip characters, including Popeye, Blondie, and Hägar. The Viking also shilled for Mug Root Beer in the 1990s.

7. HE WAS A COLLEGE MASCOT.

In 1965, Cleveland State University students voted in the name “Vikings” for their collegiate basketball team. After using a mascot dubbed Viktorious Vike, the school adopted Hägar in the 1980s. Both Hägar and wife Helga appeared at several of the school’s sporting events before being replaced by an original character named Vike.

8. HE EVENTUALLY SOBERED UP.

A Hägar the Horrible comic strip
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When Dik Browne was working on Hägar, the Viking was prone to bouts of excessive drinking. When Chris Browne took over the strip, he made a deliberate decision to minimize Hägar’s imbibing. "When my father was doing the strip, he did an awful lot of gags about Hägar falling down drunk and coming home in a wheelbarrow, and as times go on that doesn't strike me as that funny anymore,” Brown told the Chicago Tribune in 1993. “Just about everybody I know has had somebody hurt by alcoholism or substance abuse.”

9. HE HAD HIS OWN HANNA-BARBERA CARTOON.

It took some time, but Hägar was finally honored with the animated special treatment in 1989. Cartoon powerhouse Hanna-Barbera created the 30-minute special, Hägar the Horrible: Hägar Knows Best, and cast the Viking as being out of his element after returning home for the first time in years. The voice of Optimus Prime, Peter Cullen, performed the title character. It was later released on DVD as part of a comic strip cartoon collection.

10. HE SAILED INTO THE WIZARD OF ID.

A Wizard of Id comic strip
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In 2014, Hägar made an appearance in the late Johnny Hart’s Wizard of Id comic strip, with the two characters looking confused at the idea they’ve run into one another at sea. Hägar also made a cameo in Blondie to celebrate that character’s 75th birthday in 2005.

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Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
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What lies at the end of the emoji rainbow? It's not a pot of gold, but rather an exclamation point—a fitting way to round out the Every Emoji Ever print created by the design experts over at Pop Chart Lab.

As the name suggests, every emoji that's currently used in version 10.0.0 of Unicode is represented, which, if you're keeping track, is nearly 2400.

Each emoji was painstakingly hand-illustrated and arranged chromatically, starting with yellow and ending in white. Unicode was most recently updated last summer, with 56 emojis added to the family. Some of the newest members of the emoji clan include a mermaid, a couple of dinosaurs, a UFO, and a Chinese takeout box. However, the most popular emoji last year was the "despairing crying face." Make of that what you will.

Past posters from Pop Chart Lab have depicted the instruments played in every Beatles song, every bird species in North America, and magical objects of the wizarding world. The price of the Every Emoji Ever poster starts at $29, and if you're interested, the piece can be purchased here.

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