Artist Transforms Comic-Book Super Heroes, Villains into Dogs

If you have a dog, it’s likely you often imagine your canine pal as a hero (and occasionally a villain). Twin Cities, Minnesota-based artist Joshua Lynch went one step further. He cast his dogs as superheroes in a couple of drawings.

The idea was so funny, that Lynch went on to create a series of illustrations to answer the questions of what would happen if a radioactive spider bit your Pug or gamma bomb exploded near your Bulldog.

In Lynch’s wonderful Dogs of the Marvel Universe you’ll find Ironman as a Chihuahua, Captain America as a French Bulldog, and the flame-engulfed Ghost Rider as a Doberman Pinscher.



Perhaps his best matches of hero to breed are the graceful Silver Surfer depicted as a Greyhound and The Hulk imagined as—what else?—a green Bulldog.



“I was planning to do portraits of our dogs for my wife but I wanted them to be fun and quirky. It was important that they reflect the dogs’ personalities and the space they’d be hanging in. I had so much fun doing the first ones I started doing more and more,” he tells



His own dogs—depicted as Dogtor Strange and Thor in the DOTMU series—are a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Miles and a mixed breed, Fin Fang Foom, who looks like a giant Golden Retriever, with possibly a touch of Leonberger. “When he stands on his hind legs he almost looks me in the eyes,” says Lynch. “They're both awesome and hilarious curled up together.”



Lynch says future plans include expand the series with some of of Marvel’s ( female characters. You can purchase 11 X 17 inch prints of the illustrations for $25.


Check out his full DOTMU gallery at
And check out this site for other examples of Lynch’s work.


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Images Courtesy Joshua Lynch


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