These New Superheroes Are Really Doodles by Kids
The unspoiled wonder of not-adults (read: children) makes for the most honest commentary about what’s happening right now. Exploring this idea, Best Kid Stuff, a site dedicated to finding worthwhile goods for the family, asked 10 kids from different countries, including the Philippines, for a new batch of superheroes that can heal the many problems of the world.
The children, five to 11 years old, were given carte blanche to create their original characters, from costumes and powers to special quirks and even sidekicks. From their sketches and feedback (Catchphrase? "Rainbow cat power!"), a team of pros turned these imaginings into something you can maybe see in a real comic book or a Marvel or DC movie.
And so, we get a gun that, instead of shooting, sucks things (plastic) from the ocean for OSSH, the Ocean Saving Superhero, as well as lots of wool from, well, Sheep-Man, the farm animal protector, whose power is growing wool (he looks cuddly). As for the Filipino illustrator, 10-year-old Jacob births Crypton, a superhero that can clone himself and teleport because, you know, Manila is a perpetual traffic jam.
See the superhero sketches and their souped-up final art below.
Crypton by Jacob, 10, Philippines
You can tell Jacob is from the Philippines because Crypton’s superhero arsenal includes stormproof spandex and a teleporter watch so “he needn’t waste money on multiple airfares.” Also, his powers are “making the air smell better” and healing people. That is a comment about the state of things right there.
OSSH (Ocean Saving Superhero) by Harry, 10, England
OSHH, the underwater superhero, has a gun that sucks up plastic from the ocean and turns it into oxygen and rocket boots that help him walk along cavern walls.
Sheep-Man by Wyatt, 5, England
Sheep-Man! This mysterious farmer can grow a coat of wool and, more exciting, shoot wool at baddies. His ride is the Super Tractor, while his sidekick is—who else?—LambGirl.
Rosie the Rainbow Sparkle COVID Nurse by Hannah, 8, England
The red-faced Rosie has two sidekicks: a cat named Shadow, who shoots rainbows at “the naughty COVID,” and a dragon named Spark, who is just for company. Maybe Rosie can team up with Super Doctor below?
Super Doctor by Helena, 7, Argentina
Helena has a solution for the hospital crowding situation: a Super Doctor who can sense sick children, pay them a home visit, and cure ailments with a “super magical backpack full of healing tools.”
Super Ice by Dante, 5, Argentina
Super Ice’s superpowers are super cool: He puts out forest fires by shooting water bombs from above and drinks river water to turn into a giant. He also has an ice doggo.
Swashbuckler Man by Martin, 8, Spain
Please note the golden sabers, one on each hand, that, when thrown at enemies, can return… like a boomerang.
Sea Rescuer by Elias, 9, Greece
Elias imagines Sea Rescuer as Batman but for oceans, rivers, and lakes because he uses gadgets such as a light-emitting disk and his wit—not superpowers—to save the day.
Andrey by Nadya, 6, Ukraine
Nadya focuses on the essential toolkit of superheroes: flying. That’s exactly what Andrey does after exclaiming his catchphrase: “¡Vamos!” “Idemo!” or “Let’s go!”
Vanessa by Viola, 11, Ukraine
Vanessa is like karma since she knows “when good people need helping and bad people need stopping.” Also good: fairy sidekicks.