Scantily clad Marvel heroes subvert the pin-up genre

A naked Captain America reaching for his underwear
[Image: David Talaski]

Taking its name from how people would display the images, the pin-up genre has entertained people for decades. If you look closely at pieces of pin-up art though, you might notice that most of them depict glamorous women in compromising states of undress.

However these illustrations by David Talaski subvert the genre by showing buff guys snagging their kit on house plants, capes and shower doors. And just as pin-ups of yore would depict the fantasies of the time, these illustrations rely on today's biggest fictional characters: superheroes from the Marvel universe.

So if you've always wanted to see Captain America or Thor in the semi-nude, these are the pin-ups for you. And if they cause your flatmates, friends or boss to clutch their pearls, you could always use the old excuse that you're just admiring the artist's amazing figure drawing (opens in new tab) skills.

Check out a smattering of Talaski's work below.

Don’t forget to hydrate 😜 Print available soon on my Etsy shop. #blackpanther #pinup #artistsoninstagram David Talaski (opens in new tab)

A photo posted by @davidtalaskidraws on Jan 23, 2019 at 9:00am PST

This is just a selection of Talaski's incredible illustrations. The video game illustrator and concept artist at Liquid Development has even more scantily clad superheroes for you to gaze at over in his Instagram page (opens in new tab).

And if these illustrations have really tickled your fancy, make sure you check out Talaski's Etsy page (opens in new tab) where you can pick up prints of his work.

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Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.