Your favourite cartoon heroes: 46 pieces of street art

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Street art is sometimes inspired by local attractions and personal opinions, and we can’t always relate to them. But everybody can relate to the heroes of the cartoons and comic books that we all know and love.

Here’s where to find your favourite cartoon heroes around the walls of the world.

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Tintin is kind of a big deal in Brussels in Belgium – he’s so fancy he gets trollied around town:

Tintin, Snowy and a determined little girl. Photo: nik gaffney
Tintin, Snowy and a determined little girl. Photo: nik gaffney

Batman complete with old-school underpants on the outside in Paris, France:

The Caped Crusader in the 4e arrondissement, Paris. Photo: Groume
The Caped Crusader in the 4e arrondissement, Paris. Photo: Groume

The Hulk reassuring inhabitants that he will smash any troublemakers in this neighbourhood in Toronto, Canada. (Wish we had a picture of the Chief Wiggum and Ralph sign…)

Andrew Lamb's Neighborhood watch - Hulk Smash Edition. Photo: Carlos Pacheco
Andrew Lamb’s Neighborhood watch – Hulk Smash Edition. Photo: Carlos Pacheco

The Joker getting under your feet at the 16th Annual Lake Worth Street Painting Festival in Florida:

Supervillain and Baman's arch enemy. Photo: Bob B. Brown
Supervillain and Baman’s arch enemy. Photo: Bob B. Brown

Does Optimus Prime, the huge transformer truck, really need a laser gun? An artist in Berlin in Germany obviously thinks so.

Monsta - Man of Iron Heart of Steel. Photo: York Berlin
Monsta – Man of Iron Heart of Steel. Photo: York Berlin

Mickey Mouse welcoming people to the Fantasia that is Shoreditch in London:

Mickey Mouse graffiti on shopfront shutters on Bethnal Green Road by the crossroads with the North and South sides of Brick Lane, London E2. Photo: Bob Bob
Mickey Mouse graffiti on shopfront shutters on Bethnal Green Road by the crossroads with the North and South sides of Brick Lane, London E2. Photo: Bob Bob

Zoidberg from Futurama in stencil form in Melbourne, Australia. Why is he wearing a bathing costume? Well, why not?

Zoidberg in your typical Victorian / Edwardian men's bathing suit. Photo:  m.a.r.c.
Zoidberg in your typical Victorian / Edwardian men’s bathing suit. Photo: m.a.r.c.

Bart Simpson, otherwise known as El Barto, in Shoreditch, London:

Bart Simpson by Graffiti Life. Pedley Street. Photo: MsSaraKelly
Bart Simpson by Graffiti Life. Pedley Street. Photo: MsSaraKelly

Captain America and Iron Man chalking it up to experience in Toronto, Canada:

Civil War on the streets of Toronto, Canada. Photo: Daniel Means
Civil War on the streets of Toronto, Canada. Photo: Daniel Means

The Beano coverstars Dennis the Menace and Gnasher looking deadly in Dublin, Ireland:

Street Art in Cabra - Near Dalymount Park "Dennis the Menace and Gnasher". Photo: William Murphy
Street Art in Cabra – Near Dalymount Park “Dennis the Menace and Gnasher”. Photo: William Murphy

The Punisher is probably the cutest-looking ultra-violent killer on the walls of Toulouse in France.

The Punisher, the Marvel Comics anti-hero. Photo: Jamiecat *
The Punisher, the Marvel Comics anti-hero. Photo: Jamiecat *

Batman and Superman are looking pretty cute too in Shanghai, China. Superman definitely suits that high quiff.

Kapow! At Lao Ximen, Shanghai, China. Photo: MojoBaron
Kapow! At Lao Ximen, Shanghai, China. Photo: MojoBaron

Nelson Muntz from The Simpsons looking pained in San Francisco, California. It’s probably because somebody’s pilfered the brick that had his ear on it.

Ha ha! Photo: glennbphoto
Ha ha! Photo: glennbphoto

Captain America looks like he’s been on a diet in Berlin, Germany. He should probably eat a few bratwurst.

A skeletal Captain America bursts through the Berlin Wall in sanctioned graffiti art by DFace. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim
A skeletal Captain America bursts through the Berlin Wall in sanctioned graffiti art by DFace. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim

Cyclops and Jean Grey shouting at somebody called Marsh in Poitiers, France. We like to think it’s Jodie Marsh.

Graff X Men - Jean Grey et Cyclope - Poitiers. Photo: ID Number THX 1139
Graff X Men – Jean Grey et Cyclope – Poitiers. Photo: ID Number THX 1139

Over in Shoreditch in London, Ryu and Spiderman come to blows in a recreation of the Marvel vs Capcom videogame series.

Artist unknown, but it is at Christina Street, London. Photo: KylaBorg
Artist unknown, but it is at Christina Street, London. Photo: KylaBorg

Probably the least heroic version of Batman possible can be found in Bushwick in Brooklyn. Honestly, what self-respecting superhero lets birds sit on his head?

CLUNK! A bird in the Bushwick. Photo: Timothy Krause
CLUNK! A bird in the Bushwick. Photo: Timothy Krause

Hulk and Mickey Mouse in Miami, Florida. At least, we think it’s them. It could just be a giant green baby and a nuclear power plant worker.

Ron English Hulk Baby Temper Tot Wynwood. Photo: Rob Larsen / Drunkenfist
Ron English Hulk Baby Temper Tot Wynwood. Photo: Rob Larsen / Drunkenfist

Superman in the East Village, Manhattan. Or rather, President Obama pretending to be Superman. Whether it’s praising or cynical is anybody’s guess.

On 2nd Avenue Between East Houston Street and 1st Street, New York. Photo: Original Anthem
On 2nd Avenue Between East Houston Street and 1st Street, New York. Photo: Original Anthem

Scrooge McDuck on the body of a schoolgirl on her bike. Standard Shoreditch, basically, as anybody in London will confirm.

Top hat and Mary Janes. A classy combination. Photo: bixentro
Top hat and Mary Janes. A classy combination. Photo: bixentro

Bugs Bunny is known for his whimsical nature, but he seems to have sunk into a nihilistic funk in Ladbroke Grove, London.

What's Up Doc? Em... Photo: Matt Brown
What’s Up Doc? Em… Photo: Matt Brown

Robin, of Batman assistance fame, insists that you only live once in Sheffield, England.

Holy Return From Oblivion. Photo: KylaBorg
Holy Return From Oblivion. Photo: KylaBorg

Banksy’s version of Charlie Brown is a mischievous fire starter in Los Angeles, California.

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? Charles M. Schulz Photo: Lord Jim
My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right? – Charles M. Schulz. Photo: Lord Jim

Marge Simpson in Penang, Malaysia. Probably the greatest use of a bollard the world has ever known. They should all look like this.

A little piece of Penang Street Art. Marge Simpson spotted at one of Penang's old enclaves. Photo: kaderr
A little piece of Penang Street Art. Marge Simpson spotted at one of Penang’s old enclaves. Photo: kaderr

Another baby version of Hulk, this time in the Lower East Side, Manhattan. Like many babies, Hulk appears to be having a bit of a tantrum.

Baby Hulk takes Manhattan. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim
Baby Hulk takes Manhattan. Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim

This Mickey Mouse in Sydney, Australia, has replaced his eyes with a big cross. He seems remarkably happy about it though.

Mickey Mouse takes up residence at the  University of Sydney (the graffiti tunnel). Photo: JAM Project
Mickey Mouse takes up residence at the University of Sydney (the graffiti tunnel). Photo: JAM Project

The cast of the Asterix comic strip support all the football and basketball games played here in Brussels, Belgium.

Astérix le Gaulois. Photo: Blandine Le Cain
Astérix le Gaulois. Photo: Blandine Le Cain

The substitute bench for when Bruce Wayne feels a bit tired of being Batman. He probably doesn’t visit Melbourne in Australia too often anyway, so this is all Melbournians have to protect them from the inhabitants of Arkham Asylum.

These Batmen (and Robin) were spotted at Regent St in Prahran. Photo: Katherine Lim
These Batmen (and Robin) were spotted at Regent St in Prahran. Photo: Katherine Lim

Spiderman and The Thing looking ultra-cartoony in Toulouse, France.

Found at Faubourgs des Minimes, Toulouse. Photo: Jamiecat *
Found at Faubourgs des Minimes, Toulouse. Photo: Jamiecat *

Cult comicbook hero Scott Pilgrim can be spotted in Halifax, Canada. Now we’re wondering where you might find a mural of Michael Cera, the actor who played him in the movie adaptation.

Scott Pilgrim downtown. Photo: Morgan
Scott Pilgrim downtown. Photo: Morgan

Chief Wiggum holding his gun dangerously close to Lou’s head in Adelaide, Australia. Yes, The Simpsons chief of police is hopeless, even in graffiti form.

"Chief Wiggum: Who are you, the rules police? Lou: No, we are the police police." Photo: Michael Coghlan
“Chief Wiggum: Who are you, the rules police?
Lou: No, we are the police police.” Photo: Michael Coghlan

This really cool close up of The Thing’s hand can be found in San Francisco, California.

The Hand. The Thing. Photo: Franco Folini
The Hand. The Thing. Photo: Franco Folini

Despite his billions of dollars, Mickey Mouse will work for cheese in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mickey Mouse keeps it real. Photo: walknboston
Mickey Mouse keeps it real. Photo: walknboston

These gritty-looking Transformers can be found in Miami, Florida

"Whenever you look to the stars, think of one of them as my soul." – Optimus Prime. Photo: Rob Larsen /  Drunkenfist.com
“Whenever you look to the stars, think of one of them as my soul.” – Optimus Prime. Photo: Rob Larsen / Drunkenfist.com

Batman scowling at all the rubbish strewn around Shoreditch in London.

Shame. Artist: Nando Mumbo, Hanbury Street (off Brick Lane), Shoreditch, London. Photo: KylaBorg
Shame. Artist: Nando Mumbo, Hanbury Street (off Brick Lane), Shoreditch, London. Photo: KylaBorg

One of the Ninja Turtles in Chicago, Illinois.

A turtle. Of the mutant variety. Photo: Kiwithing
A turtle. Of the mutant variety. Photo: Kiwithing

Tintin attempting to fit in in Dublin, Ireland.

Tintin  and Snowy near Trinity College Dublin. Street Art By Grainne Tynan - The BetaProject. Photo: William Murphy
Tintin and Snowy near Trinity College Dublin. Street Art By Grainne Tynan – The BetaProject. Photo: William Murphy

In Manhattan’s East Village, Batman’s punching Hello Kitty for all those pencil cases and furry backpacks she’s inflicted on the world.

In a battle between Hello Kitty and Batman, who would win? Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim
In a battle between Hello Kitty and Batman, who would win? Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim

Is Marvel Babies a thing? We would totally watch that, even if it was only televised in Toulouse in France

Not exactly cute or cuddly, the Marvel babies. Photo: Jamiecat *
Not exactly cute or cuddly, the Marvel babies. Photo: Jamiecat *

Snoopy has landed in Tijuana in Mexico.

Snoopy as the  World War I Flying Ace, the Red Baron. Photo: cesar bojorquez
Snoopy as the World War I Flying Ace, the Red Baron. Photo: cesar bojorquez

Thomson and Thompson have tracked Tintin all the way to Shanghai in China. Or they’ve gotten lost again.

Thomson and Thompson in Shanghai. Photo: Fredrik Rubensson
Thomson and Thompson in Shanghai. Photo: Fredrik Rubensson

Mickey Mouse, Betty Boo and Felix the Cat – a triumvirate of classic cartoon heroes in Berkeley, California.

Betty Felix and a miserable looking Mickey. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski
Betty Felix and a miserable looking Mickey. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Bart Simpson licking a wall in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Don’t try this at home, kids.

Do not, repeat, do not try this at home. Photo: Beatrice Murch
Do not, repeat, do not try this at home. Photo: Beatrice Murch

Hulk and Spiderman fighting a horde of vampires in Shoreditch in London.

@EndoftheLineLDN with Probs and Izer Marvel Comic Mural on the verge of completion in Shoreditch. Photo: Bablu Miah
@EndoftheLineLDN with Probs and Izer Marvel Comic Mural on the verge of completion in Shoreditch. Photo: Bablu Miah

Rather than installing the real fire escape demanded by health and safety regulations in Brussels in Belgium, this building’s owners have tried to appease the local council by painting Tintin and Captain Haddock on the wall.

Take the stairs Tintin! Photo: Lin Mei
Take the stairs Tintin! Photo: Lin Mei

Mickey Mouse as a storm trooper from Star Wars? At least, we think so anyway. Maybe we should ask the artist in Sydney, Australia.

Another MM piece from the University of Sydney graffiti tunnel. Photo: JAM Project
Another MM piece from the University of Sydney graffiti tunnel. Photo: JAM Project

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Your favourite cartoon heroes: 46 pieces of street art was last modified: June 16th, 2015 by Adam Zulawski
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