In fact, I would put these vintage comic book and video game mashups on my wall

Old comic book covers combined with video games are a very specific aesthetic niche, but it’s one that former Rockstar Games artist Mark Scicluna has brilliantly achieved. there is so much general geek art out there these days, I have to admit that I’m fed up with the usual interpretations of pop art from Star Wars or Final Fantasy. The world doesn’t need another Boba Fett helmet made in the style of Andy Warhol. But Scicluna’s art overcame my mashup fatigue with seamless reinterpretations of vintage comics, combined with games that suit the style surprisingly well.

Scicluna has a gallery on its website dedicated to these X video game comics mashupswith even more on twitter that have not yet reached the site. The best news, if you like the style, is that it has prints on the covers for sale on redbubble.

The care for the fake mood on each cover is a big part of the appeal to me: I’m a sucker for something that looks authentically vintage, even if it isn’t. Those little rips in the corners and the frayed spines really sell the illusion that they could have been real comic books from decades past.

Even if you were a casual comic book reader, there is probably at least one style that will provoke some warm and fuzzies for you. Scicluna’s interpretations include the 90s toons with ‘tude era, DC and Marvel superhero homages from the 80s and 90s, pulp horror books from the 50s and more. My favorites from the gallery are probably Cuphead, which most reminds me of Carl Barks’ Ducktales comics, and Dino Crisis, which seems straight from the time I started reading Batman.

Mark Scicluna worked as an illustrator at Rockstar for five years on Red Dead Redemption 2 and several other games. Before that, I have the impression that he read some comics.

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

Videogame X comic mashups by Mark Scicluna

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

Videogame X comic mashups by Mark Scicluna

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

Videogame X comic mashups by Mark Scicluna

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

Videogame X comic mashups by Mark Scicluna

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

Videogame X comic mashups by Mark Scicluna

(Image credit: Mark Scicluna)

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