As children of the 80s, this piece titled 80s Worlds Collide by Henry Cruz is right up our alley.
I love when artists give insight into what inspired them and captivated them as children. Pieces like the one we featured earlier this week, “Afternoon Tea“, which depict junior superheroes having a backyard tea party, or this morning’s superhero bar scene are always fun. Maybe we should commission a piece showing Skeletor’s henchmen hittin’ up partybingo.com at Snake Mountain while he’s out of town or something.
While this piece does contain many characters that were beloved in the 80s, I like that it highlights some characters that don’t always make it into these compilation pieces. Characters like Danger Mouse and Inspector Gadget, who usually take a backseat to G.I. Joe, Thundercats and M.A.S.K.
Check out Henry Cruz’s entire gallery here, and enjoy 80s Worlds Collide below.
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How cool is that? At first glance, I only saw one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Once I saw another one, I knew all four had to be in there somewhere. Donatello is so right in front of your face he’s easy to miss!
Optimus Prime is the eye catcher here, with Inspector Gadget being a close second. No 80s cartoon-based artwork would be complete with our resident Eternian, and Danger Mouse up front is a nice addition. Help me out though- who is the superhero clad in yellow and blue with the horns on his mask? I’m wondering if there isn’t a large British influence here, with Danger Mouse being so prominent. At least if these are characters from across the pond I won’t feel so bad not being able to immediately identify them all.
Same with the duck in the center – anyone? I’m sure these are characters I should know, but hit the comments and help me out!