It was fortuitous that after the Retroist’s awesome Atari 2600 Avengers titles post that I found something almost as neat. The talented Teryll Whitlatch (Star Wars, Brother Bear) came up with these wonderful designs, a what if involving Dinosaurs and the Marvel Comics Avengers.
A huge thanks to Tor.Com for sharing these wonderful illustrations!
The 1980s were a magical time for blockbuster films. Sadly though, when it came to comic book movies, we had just a few Superman sequels and of course Batman in the late 1980s. So I was chatting with Vic Sage the other night and we started wondering what the pop culture landscape might have been like if they had released the Avengers in the 1980s. Would they have done the same release schedule? Would it have been a hit? Eventually we started talking about tie-ins and that got us thinking about video games.
Now neither of use are designers, but thanks to some great templates and the art of King Kirby, we were able to mock up what the game boxes for the solo Avengers titles (and the Avengers) might have looked like if they had been released for the Atari 2600 and in the case of the Avengers, the Atari 5200.
First we will kick off with Iron Man, which starred Bruce Boxleitner as Tony Stark…
Second came the big budget Hulk, with beloved Bill Bixby as Bruce Banner…
Treat Williams took on the role of the Star Spangled Avenger…
Schwarzenegger was already a growing star, so when he took on the mantle of the Mighty Thor, everyone was very excited…
Finally they all came together, with the addition of Michelle Pfeiffer as the Wasp and Rutger Hauer as Loki, in the biggest film of the 1980s, The Avengers. By this time, the Atari 5200 was in stores. Some say it was the high quality Avengers title that saved that system and prevented Atari from going under.
When you have a spare moment, check out the rest of the re-imagined versions of the Facebook juggernaut Farmville over at Kotaku, but I feel the two I’ve included below are not only great but I can honestly say I would play them if they existed.
From Action Fitz:
From Big Mike McCarthy:
This gem is from 1984 and was titled, “What if Conan the Barbarian were Stranded in the 20th Century?” You gotta love the “What If?” series. Where else are you going to see Conan the Barbarian dressed up in the finest pimping outfit money can buy?
As you can see Conan puts on some fly duds and brings along his pet Cheetah to impress the fair Danette. But Dannette, like his movie love Valeria loves the man, not his earthly trappings. So Conan strikes out here and moves on and makes friends with Captain America and then proceeds to turn everyone in America out.