The Brooklyn Paper spotlights Up, Up and Away: Interpreted Comics and Graphic Novels, an exhibit of comic book-inspired work by artists Kyle Baker, Jonn Alex Gonzales and Joshua Peters that envisions a more culturally diverse world of heroes:
In Peters’s rainbow version of comic book heroes, the Human Torch wears Adidas, while Captain America is portrayed as a powerful-looking Asian man before a barbed-wire-topped wall, as if rescuing a child imprisoned during World War II. Spider Woman is made over as a haggard and overworked single mother whose face, says Peters, has “a strength that has nothing to do with bounding from building to building.”
“I wanted to take the archetype and put it on its ear,” Peters admits. “Black and Asian heroes are usually tokenized.”
Peters’s close involvement with the weightlifting world was clearly a resource when seeking models for what he calls his “Heroes” series, which was spawned by a vision of Wonder Woman fashioned in the likeness of Peters’s bodybuilder girlfriend, Jodi Cornish.
“I always thought Wonder Woman was too skinny,” says Peters, also a weightlifter. “How could she lift a car with arms like that?”
The exhibit continues through Feb. 10 at the Corridor Gallery in Clinton Hill.