4 classic Marvel superheroes reimagined as pulpy noir paperbacks

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Dec 17, 2012

We all know classic Marvel characters such as Black Widow, Luke Cage and the Wasp—but what if instead of comics, they were kicking butt in classic pulp novels?

Artist Calamity Jon has done just that, putting together some awesome what-if cover art for the latest Natasha Romanova adventures, the Wasp with a gun behind her back, and another showing off a shirtless Luke Cage taking care of business.

For a bit of explanation on the "authors," the artist provided some notes:

"I assigned each character to a dream team pulp writer whom I thought matched the essence of the character. Donald Hamilton was best-known for his Matt Helm series of spy novels, which I thought made him an appealing choice for the Natasha Romanova "series". Leslie Charteris was, of course, creator of the suave and witty Saint series of novels, so I gave him rein over the socialite adventurer Janet van Dyne and her scientist husband (Also, I thought Dashiell Hammett would have been a little on-the-nose), and Hoke Moseley creator Charles Willeford is assigned to craft the seedy, unsentimental world of Luke Cage, Hero for Hire.

None of these writers were particularly known for science fiction, which I thought made it more interesting to imagine them writing characters who - if not traditional sci-fi character - at least often set foot in impossible realms. You would have to imagine they'd be stripped down to characters devoid of super-powers and ladled with intrigue."

Check out the covers in the gallery below:

(Against His Immense and Terrible Flesh via The Marvel Age of Comics)