Growing old is a natural part of life for everyone, it’s something we can’t escape no matter how hard we try. And, whilst superheroes dazzle us with their godlike abilities and persistent habits of saving the day at the very last minute, we never wonder what life might be like for them if they were pensioners too.
Well, Lesya Guseva – a freelance illustrator from Perm, Russia – has given thought to just that and compiled a brilliant collection of designs showing your favorite superheroes in their retirement.
Check them out and see which one you’d rather be during your twilight years!
1. The Hulk
The Hulk might not be quite as mobile, but those anger management issues will never subside.
We’re used to him jumping about the place and just generally being furious with everyone, like this.
But when all’s said and done, those dull daily pensioner tasks still need doing… sorry Bruce.
“I participated in an art competition, and one of the themes was an old maid and a cat. It occurred to me to portray Catwoman as an old cat woman” – Lesya Guseva
It just seems like it’d be so easy to finish your superhero business and find yourself alone with 100 cats all of a sudden.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the constant smell of cat litter is putting me off.
3. The Flash
Possibly the best super power to have when you’re no spring chicken anymore?
We’re used to thinking of the Flash as a young, energetic and eccentric savior of mankind.
And why should that change? It’s just that where he used to chase bad guys, he’ll be running from his responsibilities instead.
4. The Joker
It’s hard to imagine the Joker not terrorizing Gotham City.
When we’re so used to seeing him looking sadistic and kind of cool like this.
But Lesya has illustrated the not-so-lively side to retirement here hilariously and he still seems content!
5. Captain America
An unlikely romance perhaps? I’m not sure where Snow White comes into things but I like it nonetheless!
So Captain America might not be able to pull off action stunts like this in his 70’s and 80’s…
…But, he’ll still be saving the day, just in less dramatic fashion.
Who’d like to see more illustrations of Captain America do just that?
“I did not set any global goals when I started this series. I just want people to smile looking at my illustrations.”
Well, she’s certainly done that as this depiction of Thor certainly had me chuckling.
He’ll always be my favorite… if you know what I mean.
Long gone are the days of Batman being out all night, beating up mob dealers for fun.
As an oldie, he can’t make it to 9 pm apparently. Don’t worry Bruce, I struggle with that too!
Look at the photo of him and the Joker together though, I knew they loved each other really!
8. Wonderwoman & Superwoman
These two were always destined to be pals in my eyes.
Two of the fiercest women in the galaxy? It’s a match made in heaven.
The question is… why haven’t they made a superwoman film yet?
“Many of my followers are not from Russia, and unfortunately can’t read the text in my pictures. So often I get the question, ‘Why are they old?’
“These drawings are all a part of my fictional universe, Pensioneriya. And once these characters are there, they age rapidly, despite their superpowers…“
So… “Everyone becomes a pensioner.” 10/10 for imagination.
10. Harley Quinn
The world needs more Harley Quinns don’t you think?
I mean, if you ignore the malicious behavior and destructive attitude of course.
Because she’s just so cool. So it’s nice to see that in Pensioneriya, everything gets passed down to younger generations.
You can take the man out of the Playboy mansion, but you can’t take the Playboy of the man.
I think the message is pretty clear with this one.
Age is just a number and Tony Stark will never not be awesome.
12. Superman, Pocahontas & Meeko
Ok, Lesya might not be following the rules to the letter of the law here.
Because technically, Superman doesn’t really age… at all.
But the scenario of him relaxing on a yacht with Pocahontas is one I could definitely get on board with!
No superheroes job is easy. In fact most of the time it’s incredibly difficult.
But, with Spidie’s, you have to say it’s extra brutal on the old joints and muscles.
So maybe a quiet relaxed life with Mary Jane would suit him to a tee.
14. Genie & Doctor Strange
This scenario might just be my favorite of them all.
Partly because Genie has got to be one of my all-time favorite characters (despite not strictly being a superhero)
But also because a game of chess whilst floating above NYC just epitomizes superhero retirement!
Lesya is definitely incredibly talented. It’s only when you look back at the illustrations again that you notice all of the little details she includes. If you had to pick a superhero pensioner to be which would it be? Mine has to be the Flash, I’m far too impatient to get anywhere slowly!
What did you make of Lesya’s illustrations? Let me know in the comments!
P.S. If you want to see more of her fantastic work, you can here.