Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse became a new standard of animation excellence since it was released and subsequently won Best Animated Feature at the 2019 Academy Awards, making this One-Punch Man crossover all the more fitting.
Among many aspects, One-Punch Man fans have loved the fluid animations in the anime that really bring the explosive action to life. But a new fan creation reenvisions Saitama in a larger than life body.
The latest web-slinging film featured a hulking Wilson ‘Kingpin’ Fisk with a disproportionate frame in relation to his head as well as limbs, so naturally artist ‘cminglap’ drew what the Caped Baldy would look like in the villain’s body.
As fans know, Saitama gained extraordinary strength by sticking to a strict workout which resulted in a lean body and bald head.
Cminglap’s creation, however, is more in tune with how the superhero would look after going more than a year of doing 100 daily push-ups, sit-ups, and squats with a 10 km daily run.
The crossover brings the best of both characters’ design since the artist stuck with Kingpins broad shoulders, stump legs and small head fit into a suit with Saitama’s shiny head peering just under his back.
The image is a bit jarring since Into the Spider-Verse gave Kingpin a towering, menacing body, which is definitely what the creators were going for. But most of that menace is drained away with Saitama’s head fixed in between the shoulders.
Though both Saitama and Kingpin are bald and have few distinct features on their faces, cminglap did an excellent job in capturing the hero’s expression and design, even adding a shimmering head for full effect.
Fans of the series will appreciate the single grocery bag the concept design features. One would assume that a hero with such an imposing body and rigorous workout schedule would need more than that for their daily intake but cminglap chose to display the concept with Saitama’s modest approach to stocking his kitchen.
The concept design comes at a great time since One-Punch Man is gearing up for its second season which will premiere on April 2 in Japan and April 9 on Hulu.