After months of meticulous restoration of hundreds of vintage art pieces from the golden era of comic books, 2C Comics has created a catalogue of more than 350 different shirt designs.
The shirts have gone on sale at its new online store Funthropology.com – perhaps the ultimate destination for those of us with a sense of nostalgia for the comics of our childhood, whichever generation we are from.
“I had no idea how big this was going to be when I first started this last year,” explains Dan Hopkins, 2C Comics’ founder.
“I started as a complete novice to comic book history. I was just your everyday, run-of-the-mill fan of the Marvel movies who grew up on rerun Spiderman cartoons from the 1960s.”
Hopkins’ journey of discovery began while he was designing a family card game called Capes & Chaos, set in a superhero universe and scheduled for release in 2020.
“I came across an image online of an old comic book hero named Bulletman. He struck me as so gloriously ridiculous that I couldn’t get the humor of him out of my head.
“That image started me on a course that has opened up a treasure trove of forgotten art and a personal discovery of nostalgia for an era long past that I never knew I had. I am thrilled and excited to share what I have found,” he says.
The designs are not simply old comic book covers slapped on to new shirts. Each piece has been repaired and individually carved out of its original background leaving behind newly crafted art that makes a surprisingly stunning, and even sometimes hilarious, design.
Shirts are only the beginning for Funthropology, as work is already underway to bring these restored designs to a wide range of different products. Throw pillows, fleece blankets, smartphone cases and wall clocks are among the many items set for launch in coming months.