Because History Needed More Robots
By Jonathan Poet
It's a fact: History would be a lot more interesting if it had more robots, aliens and monsters. Alas, they didn't turn up at history-making events like the signing of the Declaration of Independence or presidential inaugurations.
But what if they did? Enter Pittsburgh artist Matthew Buchholz. Armed with historical images, vintage cityscapes and Photoshop, he reimagines historical events with sci-fi twists. There's Metallo the Mechanical Man in a portrait of presidents and the signing of the Declaration, the defeat of General Frankenstein at Bunker Hill, Vilnar the Destroyer's inauguration and the day aliens "took to the skies in their Floating Saucer Crafts and employed their Destructo-Ray," thus starting The Great Chicago Fire in 1871.
Admittedly, some of the Photoshop jobs are more seamless than others. But many are laugh-out-loud funny and would surely make great conversation pieces. They're available for $20 at Alternate Histories on Etsy, where "the past comes monstrously to life."