I can't fight it as a much as I would like to.
No matter where I go, no matter what I do, I am obsessed with Dieselpunk aspects and that whole 1930's/1940's/(early)1950's aesthetic.
Then, as really loyal readers know, I am also obsessed with the 1980's, specifically pre-1985.
It feels, and I am not kidding when I say this, like there is a boiling cauldron of ideas and thoughts relating to all these thoughts that will not let me go.
Merge with this?
Or how about this;
Fuse with this?
It seems at first glance, the answer to both is yes!
The idea for me has always been this simple rule;
Another Time... Another Place
Those who know where that line comes from understand what I might be getting at. If you need an explanation the only ones I can provide are Batman: The Animated Series and the movie from which that quote came, Streets of Fire.
Both share a retro-look but have anachronistic elements (Batman is set in a more modern world, but looks like a 1940s/1950s city, while Streets of Fire has a real early 1950s look but has 80s rock & roll and even video jukeboxes). They never tell you exactly when they are, but allow for modern and retro elements to exist side-by-side.
So yeah, can I do an alternate 1984 where many 30s/40s/50s elements have held over, as well as many aspects of our modern tech has arrived earlier than now? Cell phones? Flatscreens? Etc...
I think it will take one HELL of an artist, with a great design that can merger the elements with dynamic superheroism.
What do you think? Let's talk about this one!
And in the meantime, for your viewing pleasure;