Classic Stars as Superheroes

By Joe Phillips in the style of Al Hirschfeld

Joe Phillips is a modern-day artist, illustrator, animator, designer, and sculptor working out of San Diego who has a love of classic Hollywood.  In the past, he has produced two series of Silver Screen Heroes posters, which imagined actors and actresses from Hollywood’s golden age starring in the type of comic book superhero movies that are in vogue today.  I proudly display an autographed copy of his “Joker’s Wild” print with Danny Kaye as the Joker and Shirley MacLaine as Harley Quinn (how’s that for casting) in my home office.

Joe is once again revisiting the world of Silver Screen Heroes, but this time he is reimagining them in the style of the late, great Al Hirschfeld (“hidden NINAs” and all).

Sets are now available for purchase in two formats:

  • A set of 24 9×12 prints for $100
  • Or a set of 24 postcards for $40

The 24 images are posted below.  And, ya ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.  Joe is already hard at work on Volume 2 in this series!

To order, send Joe a personal message through his Facebook page or his @joephillipsart Twitter account.

If you don’t use either of those social media platforms, you can use the “Contact” form on


Below are the 24 images included in the set:

Gregory Peck as Superman

Cary Grant & Katharine Hepburn as Batman & Catwoman

Liz Taylor as Wonder Woman

Audrey Hepburn as Batgirl

Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland as Robin & Wonder Girl

Marilyn Monroe as Power Girl

Gene Kelly as The Flash

Victor Mature as Hawkman

The Rat Pack as the Green Lantern Corps

Bing Crosby & Bob Hope as Booster Gold & Blue Beetle

Jerry Lewis & Buddy Hackett as Plastic Man & Woozy Winks

Danny Kaye & Shirley MacLaine as the Joker & Harley Quinn

Eartha Kitt as Catwoman

James Dean as Spider-man

James Cagney as The Hulk

Clark Gable as Iron Man

Marlon Brando as Captain America

Charlton Heston as Thor

William Powell as Dr. Strange

Lucille Ball & Tyrone Power as the Scarlet Witch & the Vision

Edward G. Robinson & Lauren Bacall as Wolverine & Pheonix

Lena “Stormy Weather” Horne as Storm

Joan Crawford as Medusa

Bette Davis as Hela on a Joan Crawford lounge

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    22 August 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Most are good. Really terrible and awful: Gregory Peck & Tyrone Power (not even close, try again); Lauren Bacall (change name to “Veronika Lake” & your good); Joan Crawford (change name to “Lucille Ball”) ; Bette Davis; Passable/meh: Taylor; Brando, Sinatra, Kelly.

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    • garv
      22 August 2017 at 9:53 pm

      Personally, I think they’re all quite good. Mr. Phillips was trying to match Hirschfeld’s style as much as capturing the celebrity’s likeness; and in that, he certainly succeeded. The “Joker’s Wild” illustration should alleviate any doubt that Mr. Phillips can produce a genuine likeness.

      Of course, art is in the eye of the beholder.

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