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12 Guardians of the Galaxy Mashups

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

The new Marvel Comics movie Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t set to hit theaters until August, but it already has the internet buzzing. Comic book readers are familiar with the characters, and can’t wait to see how Walt Disney Studios treats the franchise. To the rest of us, the characters are new and intriguing. And, of course, when new characters are introduced into mainstream pop culture, the artists of the internet plunge headlong into mashing up those characters with other, more familiar worlds.

1 and 2. Parks and Recreation

The fun began when it was announced a year ago that actor Chris Pratt was cast in the role of Peter Quill, with the superhero name of Star-Lord. Pratt is also one of the main characters on the sitcom Parks and Recreation, which led illustrator Kyle Hilton to wonder what the movie would be like if they cast all the parts with actors from the TV show. The result was this movie poster at Vulture.

That was quickly followed by a trailer mashup using the music and style of the Parks and Recreation introduction over video introducing the Guardians of the Galaxy characters.

3. The Lego Movie

Since Chris Pratt was also the voice of the central character in The LEGO Movie, it, too, had to be mashed up into a movie trailer. This one mixes the audio of the Guardians of the Galaxy trailer with appropriate footage from The LEGO Movie.

4. and 5. Star Wars

Any new science fiction movie will inevitably be mashed up with the Star Wars franchise. This poster mashup that includes characters from both worlds is by artist Robert Rath.

DeviantART member BloodySamoan chose to combine the characters from the Star Wars and the GOTG universes. I love the clever names like Groo2-D2.

6. The Giving Tree

How nice of Groot to give a weapon to Rocket Raccoon! See, there is camaraderie and selflessness even in an alien plant monster. This clever mashup of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree with GOTG characters was drawn by Isaac Goodhart

7. Batman’s Poison Ivy

DeviantArt member Nick Perks realized that Groot, being a plant, might really hit it off with Poison Ivy from the Batman universe, despite the fact that she’s a DC Comics character. After all, she’s a plant, too! This image was ready for Valentines Day

8. Little Golden Books

Rocket Raccoon is proving to be the breakout character of the Guardians, at least as of now. Joebot has been posting a long-running series of Little Golden Book covers with modern comic book, video game, and movie characters. Rocket Raccoon and the tiny sapling Groot have their own story

9. Hello Kitty

Rocket Raccoon got the cute Hello Kitty treatment for this t-shirt design by absolemstudio.

10. Venom

DeviantART member JamesWhynotInks was commissioned to create a mashup of Rocket Raccoon and the evil alien Venom from the Spider-Man comics. He doesn’t tell us how the idea came about, but the result is as wild as you would expect.

11. Mickey Mouse

Rocket Raccoon may be a furry forest creature, but he’s also a law enforcement officer and a spaceship captain. So, in the same vein as the Hello Kitty mashup, it’s funny to make him overly cute by drawing him in the style of a sweet familiar character. In this instance, that’s Mickey Mouse, for a t-shirt design by TeeKetch.

12. Space Invaders

Toronto artist Marco D'Alfonso put Rocket Raccoon into the video game world, where he seems to be comfortable doing what he does in the comics: fighting alien species. In this case, the falling Space Invaders.

Look for more of these as the year progresses. The movie Guardians of the Galaxy will be in theaters August first.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.”


A soda can featuring Hägar the Horrible

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.


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.


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.”


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.


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.

Pop Chart Lab
Every Emoji Ever, Arranged by Color
Pop Chart Lab
Pop Chart Lab

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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