An Artist Inspired by Ukiyo-e Creates Absolutely Stunning Illustrations of Superheroes

The Infinity Gauntlet.
Image: Dakota Alexander

As a kid, Gifu City artist Dakota Alexander developed a lifelong love for ukiyo-e, a style of traditional Japanese woodblock painting that became popular during the Edo period. Like many young people, Alexander also happened to have a fondness for comic books and superheroes.

Ukiyo-e paintings have traditionally depicted epic, dramatic scenes plucked from significant moments in history, fables, and natural settings. For the past couple of years, Alexander’s been experimenting with ukiyo-e style, focusing on illustrations of heroes. Suffice to say, the results are absolutely gorgeous:

Spider-Man and the Black Cat.
Image: Dakota Alexander
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Black Panther.
Image: Dakota Alexander
Black Widow.
Image: Dakota Alexander
Ant-Man.
Image: Dakota Alexander
Wonder Woman.
Image: Dakota Alexander
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You check out even more of Alexander’s work on ArtStation—and if you’re so inclined, prints are available to purchase on Etsy.

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Charles Pulliam-Moore

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.