Marvel’s Avengers reinterpreted as heroes of Japan’s warring states period.
I was wanting to do a new redesigned/ translated set of comics characters for a while, and the new Avengers movie presented a great team to build from. It has the kind of big iconic characters that work best for these sort of reimaginings.
Instead of the theatrical ‘chambara’ setting I used for my Justice League, I decided that the historically based, yet still legendary figures of the Sengoku era of Japanese history would be the inspiration.
Short Sword (Wakizashi)
Made by the famous swordsmith Kanetaka. An inscription on the tang dates it to 1658. The sword is in immaculate condition, with all the sword furniture, in iron, copper and gold, signed by different craftsmen. This magnificent short sword was surrendered to an Australian military policeman in Kobe, after World War II and donated to the Abbey Museum in 1989.
Source & Copyright: Abbey Museum