Sunday, February 17, 2013

Dieselpunk, Retro-Futurism and the Superhero! - Revisit

It's like a damn demon inside me.

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.

Can this;

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;



  1. I think it's doable. I'm seeing David Bowie circa "Labyrinth" in a pinstripe suit.

    By the way, get me up to speed here: is this for an RPG?

  2. Well Dan, it is for both. It is for my comic as well as a campaign setting for SUPERS! I have wrestled with this for months, at one point thinking of setting it in a alternate Golden Age. Take a look at the past blog entries in this series (there are 3 of them) as well as other setting posts going back to 2009/2010.