No doubt many of us grew up with certain superheroes, whether in comic books, cartoons, movies, action figures or any other shape or form. The popularity of Marvel and DC has made superheroes a bit of an inevitability in modern pop culture, this way inspiring multiple generations of artists, writers, and cosplayers to remix and build upon its fantastic universes.

Paul Harding, an action figure designer and sculptor, is one such individual inspired by all things superhero. Recently, he kicked off a series of superhero designs titled Marvel In The 70s, which is exactly what it sounds like—Marvel Universe superheroes the way they’d look in the 1970s.

Image Credits: Paul Harding

Bored Panda invites you to check out some of Paul Harding’s best designs in the series below along with an exclusive interview with the artist. While you’re down there, why not vote and comment on the ones you liked the most?

#1

Logan

Logan

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Nicholas Yu
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3 weeks ago

A different haircut and he could pass for Frank Castle.

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#2

The Hulk

The Hulk

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Nicholas Yu
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3 weeks ago

No Country for Swole Men.

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#3

King T'challa

King T'challa

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David Kohn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

WAKANDA FOREVER

Paul Harding is a sculptor, illustrator, concept artist, and designer of action figures and statues. During his 17 years in the industry, Paul has created a myriad of action figures and sculptures for various superheroes, supervillains from the DC, Marvel, Star Wars, and a number of other universes.

“As a child, action figures were a big part of my life, like for many kids my age. Star Wars, DC Super Powers, and Marvel Secret Wars were major areas of my collecting focus. Later, in my teen years, comics and movies began to take my attention with Star Wars, Batman, and the X-Men,” explained Paul of his fascination with the superhero universes.

#4

Misty Knight

Misty Knight

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#5

Stan Lee

Stan Lee

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
3 weeks ago

RIP... Gone but not forgotten

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#6

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

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David Kohn
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3 weeks ago

this is acceptable

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Paul gave us a brief rundown on how he makes his sculptures a reality:

“As an action figure and statue sculptor of 17 years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on many characters. I do them all digitally using Zbrush, articulate the joints, cut up the statue parts, and 3D print for painting and production.”

“For my new personal project called Marvel In The 70s, I use a similar process, except I render them with materials, textures, and color in another program so that they become more like illustrated portraits that focus on the characters’ essence. I hope that people are able to imagine a whole story in their heads when they see them.”

“I chose the 1970s because it is such a grim time in comics with tons of racial diversity and edgy storylines. To bring these to life in a modern way was a fun challenge.”

#7

Dark Surfer (Silver Surfer)

Dark Surfer (Silver Surfer)

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David Kohn
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3 weeks ago

silver surfer

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#8

Captain America

Captain America

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Tony Padua
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3 weeks ago

They didn't call Cap "wing-head" for nothin'!

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#9

Storm

Storm

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Sculpting, like many other forms of art, comes with its own challenges and in Paul’s case, it’s no different. Besides every sculpture coming with its own unique takes and quirks to deal with, there’s also the sheer amount of effort and time required to ensure that every detail fits the character and their aesthetics:

“As a current sculptor for both DC action figures and Marvel Legends figures, I always want to add something a little different to each character so they look unique in some way. The process can be similar across the board, but each project is unique and often refreshing if this approach is taken. Many times, the larger 1:6 scale statues can be more challenging because they require more detail and time. Also, depending on the licensor, I can have more or less flexibility when it comes to a character’s look.”

#10

Luke Cage

Luke Cage

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Tiara, I mean headband, is a must

#11

Tony Stark

Tony Stark

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Kjorn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

looks like Bruce Campbell

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#12

Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This was 70's era Captain Marvel before he died of cancer.

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Now, Paul has also launched another project that is kind of doing the same thing as Marvel in the 70s, where people of today are shown the superheroes in their 70s light, except the other way around:

“With my newest projects, I am taking “Golden Age” DC Comics characters (from the 1930s and 1940s) like Batman and Superman and reimagining their costumes 100 years later, around 2040, in a futuristic way.”

#13

Thor

Thor

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Mary Popps
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3 weeks ago

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#14

Spider Man

Spider Man

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AndersM
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3 weeks ago

How is that a 70's Spiderman?

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#15

Daredevil

Daredevil

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Joan Onuzulike
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3 weeks ago

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Doesn't look like an action figure to me😑

As it has become tradition with articles on superheroes, we asked Paul about his favorite superheroes and supervillains. He had this to say:

“I have always loved Batman, Wolverine, and The Joker. I also really like Marvel’s Kung-Fu, mystical, and cosmic character mostly from the 1970s.”

Paul is currently working on Marvel action figures, Marvel animated mini statues, Star Wars busts, and DC Comics action figures and statues of all sizes. So, be sure to stay tuned for more superhero (and supervillain) goodness by following Paul on his Twitter and Instagram.

#16

Blade

Blade

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Your Mother
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Lol, love the afro

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#17

Bucky Barnes

Bucky Barnes

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BoredPundits
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This one reminds me of Robin from Batman and Robin.

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#18

Iron Man

Iron Man

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Don't forget the pop-out Roller Disco Skates! (It's canon!)

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#19

Peter Parker

Peter Parker

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Zara VP
Community Member
3 weeks ago

He got his Peter Tingle back

#20

Gwen Stacy

Gwen Stacy

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#21

Black Widow

Black Widow

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#22

Wolverine

Wolverine

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Just as Wolvie looked in Hulk Issue #181!

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#23

Deathlok

Deathlok

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

So Seventies! Deathlok was quite popular back then!

#24

Red Skull

Red Skull

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David Kohn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

THE FACE (the expresion not the fact that he has no skin)

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#25

Ghostrider

Ghostrider

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Kimberly Moore
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Excellent Johnny Blaze!!!

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#26

Nick Fury

Nick Fury

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Lulik
Community Member
3 weeks ago

He looks like Kurt Russell a little bit =D

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#27

Cosmic

Cosmic

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Kimberly Moore
Community Member
3 weeks ago

OMG!!!! Gorgeous!!! I would buy this one too!!!

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#28

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

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Rainy
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3 weeks ago

thats the skyrim logo :oooooooooooooooooooooo

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#29

Black Panther

Black Panther

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#30

Thanos

Thanos

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David Kohn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

still has that look

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#31

The Punisher

The Punisher

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The face on the suit is throwing away his seriousness I'm laughing

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#32

Morbius The Living Vampire

Morbius The Living Vampire

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#33

Nova

Nova

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drsybaris
Community Member
3 weeks ago

One of the best costume designs to come from the bronze era bullpen! Looking forward to seeing him done right on the big screen, someday. Now if only we some of his really bizarre rogues gallety!

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#34

Dazzler

Dazzler

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#35

Dr. Doom

Dr. Doom

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#36

White Tiger

White Tiger

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Tony Padua
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Sons of The Tiger were some of Marvel's most interesting characters in their 70s Kung Fu lineup!

#37

Jack "The King" Kirby

Jack "The King" Kirby

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Daria B
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Glad to see Stan Lee is not alone on this list. Kirby and Ditko are legends as well, and all the other artists are amazing too. Thank you all for your great work!

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#38

The Kingpin

The Kingpin

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Your Mother
Community Member
3 weeks ago

This looks amazing, although it doesn't look like an action figure!

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#39

Moon Knight

Moon Knight

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#40

Mephisto

Mephisto

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Ian Gordon
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Yes feathered hair for everyone!

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#41

Shang-Chi

Shang-Chi

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Nicholas Yu
Community Member
3 weeks ago

"We shooting this porn or what? My Viagra is starting to wear off!"

#42

Brother Voodoo

Brother Voodoo

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Daria B
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Does he give this necklace to Black Panther at some point in the original comics? Just curious.

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#43

Madam Hydra

Madam Hydra

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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3 weeks ago

reminds me of shego

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#44

Coleen Wing

Coleen Wing

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#45

Bullseye

Bullseye

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John Doe
Community Member
3 weeks ago

The suit gives you something to aim at.

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#46

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer

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#47

Sabretooth

Sabretooth

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#48

The Ninja

The Ninja

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David Kohn
Community Member
3 weeks ago

i dunno who ninja is but he looks cool AF