The unusual heroes of Gerald Bear

A couple of weeks ago I was checking my news sources when I came across these curious designs by illustrator Gerald Bear. As you can see, the series Unconventional Heroes is an exercise in style in which the artist imagines what superhero cars would be like and protagonists of great movies and series in the event that their creators had opted for the most popular side of motorsport.

Bear's designs made me instantly funny, the truth is that these little warriors usually make me smile. And why do superhero mounts always have to be big and powerful? Mark Twain said that humor is the most powerful weapon in the world ...

Let's add it to the tenderness that these nostalgic machines usually arouse: I am sure that the Joker would fall at the feet of a Batmobile built on the basis of a Citroën 2CV; Or that the evil Decepticons of Transformers would die of fear when they see an Autobot boss incarnated in a Vespa motorcycle. On the other hand, Team A would be even more transgressive if they had chosen a French van to travel the length and breadth of the United States in search of social justice.

Michael Knight could have worn this Beetle instead of his well-known Pontiac "Kitt" Trans-Am
Michael Knight could have worn this Beetle instead of his well-known Pontiac "Kitt" Trans-Am

And what about the Blues Brothers and the Bluesmobile? His massive Dodge Monaco from the sixties and seventies was not bad, but I think it would have been cheaper, and quicker in the case of a Cooper version, to be powered in a Mini. More or less the same happens with the DeLorean Back to the Future; yes, it is a car with a huge personality, but a good Fiat 500 Abarth would have done 140 km / h in a much more exciting way.

What else is left for us ... Ah yes, the Dodge Charger General Lee. A good device, yes sir, with the exception of that painting that at least in a Four Cans would have been somewhat more sympathetic. Finally, and although I left drawings in the inkwell, I believe that Starsky and Hutch would not have noticed the difference between a Fiat Panda and your original Ford Torino Or maybe yes? See you tomorrow!


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javier romagosa

Written by javier romagosa

My name is Javier Romagosa. My father has always been passionate about historic vehicles and I have inherited his hobby, while growing up among classic cars and motorcycles. I have studied journalism and continue to do so as I want to become a university professor and change the world ... Read More


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