Sailor Moon and X-Men were huge staples of 90s Saturday morning nerdy kids, and artist Waldo Irby has finally crossed them over in gorgeous fan art.
A talented artist on Twitter, Waldo Irby, has recreated a 90s childhood fantasy with a new piece by fan art depicting the characters from Sailor Moon and X-Men to fight fiercely together. Both properties started out as comics and feature a group of young idealistic people with fantastical powers fighting for peace and protecting their loved ones, and their signature 90s vibes really make them the perfect mix of crossover characters.
The American versions of the Sailor Moon tv show and X-Men: The Animated Series both premiered in the early to mid-1990s and quickly became staples of most Saturday Morning Cartoon blocks for kids. While Sailor Moon started as a Japanese manga and X-Men started out as an American comic, both touched a similar place in the hearts and minds of 90s kids, and chances are if the kid looked at one, they were looking at the other. While Sailor Moon has had multiple adaptations and revivals, X-Men was recently announced to be coming back to Disney+.
Now, Waldo Irby’s beautiful stylized art, posted on his Twitter and Tumblr, is titled “Sailor Moon X” and depicts the main characters of each heroic team fighting an unseen enemy, perfectly showing how these two teams would work big together in battle. Irby’s beautiful drawing uses one of X-Men’s best team rosters, the one most associated with the 90s animated series, consisting of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine, and Rogue. Irby chose to include Sailor Moon in his piece, as well as her two teammates Sailor Mercury, an incredibly intelligent young woman whose powers are linked to ice and water, and Sailor Jupiter, widely seen as the “muscle” of the team because she super strength and powers related to both plant life and lightning.
Okay, here it is. I drew the Sailor Moon/X-Men crossover I’ve been dreaming about since I was a little boy: pic.twitter.com/DxIw8BnENf
— ✨☆Waldo Irby☆✨ (@waldoIRBY) May 8, 2022
Waldo Irby made many brilliant creative choices in his fan art, namely putting Sailor Moon and Cyclops front and center as the leaders of each team, but most importantly his choice to combine Storm and Sailor Jupiter. Both characters use lightning as one of their main skills, and the art shows Storm casually throwing Jupiter some lightning that can use her against their faceless foe, a perfect collaboration between two iconic female heroes. While Sailor Moon’s less than subtle LGBTQ+ presence was censored from western broadcasts, both Sailor Moon and X-Men: The Animated Series were an awakening for many young queer people, and seeing these two iconic teams would be a real joy for queer fans of the legendary heroes. Although Irby de exactly X-Men costumes from X-Men: TAS, he still cared fit for the 90s, they used Wolverine’s brown outfit from the X-Men arcade game and portrayed Jean Gray with her modernized Russell Dauterman look which was clearly inspired by Jean’s 90s looks. X-Men: The Animated Series will be restarted in the near future, and Sailor Moon have enjoyed a revival with the release of Sailor Moon Crystal in the mid 2010’s this is honestly the perfect time to put out such a cool piece of fan art.
Waldo Irby’s fan art by Sailor Moon and the X-Men Working together to take down an unknown villain is not only beautifully illustrated, but pure 90s kids nostalgia, so be sure to check out his Twitter to see more of his amazing work!
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