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Photoshop Creates Expert Magazine Covers and Tabloids From the Marvel Cinematic Universe



NotTonyHarrison’s DeviantArt page is so chock full of expertly photoshopped Time, Newsweek, and tabloid pages straight out of a universe where the Avengers actually exist that I’m surprised I’ve never seen it before. I’ve pulled a few of my favorites to this gallery, but there are plenty more where these came from at her gallery.

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  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I love these.

  • Samuel

    I love the idea of Thor shopping at Costco, I can imagine him eating all of the free samples.

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    *throws sample cup to ground* “Another!”

  • John W

    Those are pretty cool.

  • Robert Vary

    Wow, the copy on the Hulk article is remarkably detailed!

  • AverageDrafter

    I want to read the Identity and the Modern Hero article!

    And the Time : “Who is S.H.I.E.L.D.?” is such a classic Time cover. They LOVE asking who people and things are “Obama, Jesus, God, The Universe”

    “What is the Universe?” – I don’t know Time, but I doubt it will fit in your 100-page magazine spectacular.

    In other words – great job. You enticed me to want to read your fictional article.

  • Canisa

    “And who do they answer to?” That one cracked me up.

  • Thomas Hayes

    I love these.

  • LifeLessons

    These are utterly fantastic! Huzzah!

  • Anonymous

    Why the View All on One Page link always shows a page that doesn’t exist? I really don’t like sliders

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the heads up. Should be fixed now!

  • Anonymous

    cool!

  • Emily Neenan

    If you delete the /#0 from the end of the URL and replace it with a /2, it brings up the All On One Page. The link only rarely works for me, so I always just do that after I’ve read the blurb!

  • Emily Neenan

    Do you think we could get Marvel and Time to release a MCU Time magazine? Just once? I’d pay for that!

  • Anonymous

    I’m writing the Identity and the Modern Hero one! Keep your eyes peeled, it will probably be a month or so as I have other articles that are taking precedent, but it is coming!

  • Anonymous

    I have fifteen years as a fanfic author behind me. Bad movie science is something I put a lot of research into ;)

  • Anonymous

    Too bad it’s all Avengers crap.

  • AverageDrafter

    Following and eagerly awaiting!

  • Anonymous

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE it so much that Pepper Potts is included in these. Hers are my favorite. Most powerful woman, Top 100, etc. Awesome.

  • Anonymous Guy

    Well, hello! I was THAT dude on the /film page. I noticed from the comment you posted that I may have been a little severe in my criticism. I couldn’t reply to the comment for some reason, but I felt the urge to contact you somehow, so I used Disqus to find you on another page.

    Despite my little nitpicks, I must admit that this is a really cool idea and I’m only being a pain because these are so good and I’ve actually worked in the magazine industry in another life. It’s all friendly fire. I just thought I’d pitch in my two cents for anybody remotely interested in the “science” behind the creation of print media. I hope you didn’t take my criticism too harshly. It’s all meant to be constructive. In fact, I like a lot of these very much.

    I can tell that you put a lot of work into this. I had a hunch the sub-headlines are all real because they were too authentic not to be. And yes, your main headlines match the styles of their respective magazines very well. Stylistically, the layouts are pretty much spot on. TIME Magazine keeps their covers nice and clean, hobby and fan magazines (e.g. Combat Aircraft Monthly) look cobbled together, and of course, tabloid magazines are a mess. And although you’re not responsible for this because it’s from a poster, the dark lighting on James’s face on the Newsweek cover is reminiscent of some portraits I’ve seen on figures ranging from Obama to Julian Assange. Great choice on your part for selecting that image!

    I also noticed that not all the covers were featured on /film. That ‘Hulk Smash Cancer’ cover in particular is my new favorite, just because the article’s text is insanely authentic and I love the gamma green in the picture. And it actually sells your “fan-fiction” mythology of Bruce getting back into a research lab really well. I don’t know why /film didn’t catch that one in their post.

    PS – I know the sparks thing is overdone in film posters, like the one you used for the Newsweek cover, but I kind of dig it on a magazine cover. Even though I’ve never seen them do that in real life, maybe the real magazines should actually try that trick. :)

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I didn’t take it harshly at all, I just thought it was important to point out that as this is a fan project, not everything is going to be perfect, and to expect it to be so is completely silly. I don’t get paid to do this, it’s something I do for fun, and at the end of the day, there are limited resources available to create things like this. I have to use existing photos, which never have the right lighting, and often aren’t a high enough resolution. The copy takes a lot of research, even for just quick pieces, so really I don’t understand why someone would feel the need to criticise a fan project that never even set out to become viral (it was a pretty major surprise).
    I’m an abstract artist and part time blog designer, not a print media professional. Most of the people who will view this aren’t in the magazine industry either. I haven’t replied to many posts that I’ve seen floating around, but I just felt it was important to point out these things, considering it’s not the first time I’ve seen something similar, you just happened to be the unlucky person who drew the short stick!
    If I worked for Marvel and got paid to do this, it would be a different story. But… I dont.

  • Anonymous

    These are absolutely convincing and hilarious at the same time (my favourite detail is ‘the end of pasta’).

    It’s also really interesting to imagine how superheroes would exist in the celebrity culture we have now. A lot of them emerged at a time when stars were more distant, glamorous figures whose every movement wasn’t instantly known via paparazzi, twitter etc. It seemed more plausible that figures as public as Thor and Iron Man would still be able to maintain both a secret identity and a private life.

    I guess Marvel has more recently addressed the idea of a celebrity superhero with Iron Man being very public and facing the consequences for that. But I’d love to see some of this modern attitude to celebrities played out in the next Avengers films (and NotTony Harrison – is that a Boosh reference? – would be the perfect artist to hire for the relevant props).

  • Anonymous

    Yes, it’s a Boosh reference ;) and TYVM for the vote of confidence <3