Created 1881 by ukiyo-e master Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892), the original print shows two of Japan’s best-loved heroes, Ushiwaka and Benkei, dueling on Gojo Bridge in Kyoto.
The superhero retake drawn by twitter artist, @takumitoxin, shows Captain America as Minamoto Yoshitsune (1159-1189)—also known as Ushiwaka—a brilliant warrior who remains one of the most beloved historical figures in Japan.
Iron Man appears as Musashibo Benkei (1155–1189), a strong and loyal Japanese warrior monk who is also a popular subject of Japanese folklore.
The encounter on Gojo Bridge in Kyoto shows Benkei attacking the teenage Yoshitsune in an attempt to steal the tip of his sword to make a weapon with 1,000 sword-tips—which he thought would make himself invincible. Yoshitsune proved to be too powerful and Benkei was forced to concede, thereafter becoming Yoshitsune’s loyal retainer. Benkei’s loyalty was so strong he eventually died while defending Yoshitsune.
While people from around the world have offered to buy the artwork and are submitting requests to see the image on T-shirts and other items of clothing, there’s no news yet as to whether the print will be made available for sale. Here’s hoping we'll get to see the Japanese-styled fighting duo on some exclusive merchandise soon!
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