Ever wondered what your favorite cartoon character would look like if they grew up? How a famous comic book hero would be drawn if they grew old? Here are a few artists’ designs showing grown up cartoon and comic characters.
Adult Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson’s lovable comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes, is based on the imaginative adventures of a young American boy, Calvin, and his stuffed tiger toy, Hobbes. The comic has inspired a wealth of fan art, from manga drawings and digital paintings to stuffed toys and Calvin and Hobbes tattoos. The images below show the original comic strip characters as youngsters, and an artist’s rendition of the two friends as adults; a man and his imaginary tiger.
Geriatric Marvels; Batman and Robin
Marvel Comics’ Batman and Robin have been firm favorites for decades. Here the two are shown defending Gotham City in their youth, alongside an image of Batman and Robin as old men, by comic artist Donald Soffritti.
Lilo and Stitch; Woman and Beast
Walt Disney’s feature film Lilo and Stitch focused on the friendship that forms between a Hawaiian girl, Lilo, and the nearly indestructible space monster, Stitch. In the kids’ movie, Stitch is portrayed as being creepy but cute. In the the second picture below, he is shown as an adult monster, not as cute as the original character design. Lilo is shown as a beautiful, exotic young woman.
Aged Charlie Brown and Snoopy
Charlie Brown and his Beagle, Snoopy, from the kids’ cartoon Peanuts, are shown here as adults. Both the characters and the drawing style have matured.
College Mutant Ninja Turtles
Based on the popular kids TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the fan art below shows the teenage turtles as college kids, still stuffing their face with pizza.