One of the artists who pays tribute to two great anime such as Dragon Ball and One Piece is InHyuk Lee, Korean graphic designer, who can boast that he works for companies like DC and Marvel Comics. In fact, his illustrations have been the covers of various stories such as Marvel Zombies, Alien, Iron Man, Black Panther, New Avengers, Superman, Future State, among many others.
Create and recreate characters
All these illustrations and many more can be found on his Instagram account @leeinhyuk. He uses his time for his own creations and to bring other characters from the entertainment world to the comic book universe, as he did before with Saitama from One-Punch Man or Future Trunks and Majin Buu from Dragon Ball.
One of his most recent creations takes up the anime theme. Lee drew Goku from Dragon Ball and Luffy from One Piece with his particular style:
Graphic novel superheroes
Both characters have abandoned the typical anime animation style to become graphic novel superheroes. The work has generated a more than positive opinion among the followers of the sagas created by Akira Toriyama and Eiichiro Oda respectively, as the illustration has more than 24,000 ‘likes’ on Instagram. Many praised the way the artist portrayed Goku’s hair, which is closer than it could be in real life, while another highlight was Luffy’s scar.
These illustrations are perhaps the closest you can get between the iconic Shueisha / Toei Animation franchises and the world of comics. While they are not official drawings (approved by the creators’ houses), fans can imagine that this is what the heroes would look like if at some point their anime crossed paths with Marvel or DC Comics.