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April 26, 2015

Sometimes a great idea just comes to your mind. And sometimes it comes to someone else’s mind and they say ”why don’t you do a montage of all the Tarantino characters?’ And I knew a good idea when I heard it, so I started this a month ago. It’s now finished, hope you like it…

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It’s such a detailed piece I think it’s worth highlighting a few snippets up-close…

Vince Vega





If you like it, and why wouldn’t you, you can buy it in a range of affordable sizes and formats at my website



‘Breakfast Of Champions’ or ‘Superhero Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ – Call It What You Like, My Picture Has Sold Millions – So How Come I’m Not Rich?? or Now I Know How Metallica Felt.

February 28, 2017

The Bittersweet Tale Of Breakfast Of Champions/Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.

Do you recognise this picture? I did it a few years ago. It’s called Breakfast Of Champions, and when I was doing it I thought it was pretty good but had no idea how massively successful it was going to be. I do now. It’s massively successful. So where’s my huge mansion in the Hollywood Hills?  Unfortunately I’ve probably seen about 1% of the profits from its sales (which is not a small amount, so I can’t complain too much, considering all the art I’ve put so much work into that earned me a big fat nothing.

Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

Before I go any further, allow me to it – link to and I’ll soon explain why I gave it that caption rather than simply Breakfast Of Champions.

By the time I did Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper er I mean Breakfast Of Champions, I’d been taking my art career seriously for a few years, put a website together back when you had to learn code (which i’ve now almost completely forgotten how to do) and put up as much of my art as I had ready. The first thing that began to sell well was this:

Kelly's Heroes: Oddball Says

Kelly’s Heroes: Oddball Says

which is possibly still my second most successful piece, I’ve stuck it on mugs and t-shirts and I was happy to see it make me some money I mean make people happy. And if you want a copy, here’s a link:

When Breakfast Of Champions was put on my website it got respectable sales – and around this time I did a deal with a national chain of art stores, like an Athena for the 21st century ( a chain store that sold posters, I’m not saying I was suddenly like a  Greek Goddess). Suddenly it was flying off the shelves everywhere, and  I was spending money to advertise the thing on Facebook and that was reaping loads of orders too. I was happy. It was being sold in a new format to me, a Mounted Canvas, which I will post a picture of, as another shameless way of getting the damn thing to show up higher in google searches…

Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper by Dan Avenell

Breakfast Of Champions: Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper

There. Nice.

After a while though, I’d hear that somebody bought it in New York – except I had no deal with anyone in New York to sell it. Reader, I was being PIRATED. Some of the fakes were very poor quality, all they needed to do was put a print into a copier and get a perfect copy, but some seemed to be made from a photo from a phone. Taken by a dog. And then there were copycat versions.  edit – Which I have now removed because this blog was giving them google search hits.


My original was being mass-produced in China, sold to outlets all over the world, nobody cared which poor sod did the thing .Or give him any money.  I do realise that I don’t exactly own the copyright of any of the characters in my piece, so I can’t complain too much. I’ve never had a cease and desist from Marvel or DC and I hope this piece doesn’t get me one. But I’ve worked out roughly how many must’ve been made and sold in the five years since I made it and it must’ve grossed over a billion dollars. Ok, maybe a million.

One thing I’ve learnt is that I should’ve called the piece ‘Marvel and DC Superhero Lunch Atop A Skyscraper‘ as many of the counterfeiters were calling it – because the original photo was called ‘Lunch Atop A Skyscraper.’

So if someone had seen it somewhere and googled for it, they were much more likely to google ‘Superhero Lunch Atop A Skyscraper’ or ‘Marvel DC Superhero Skyscraper‘ or ‘Superhero Skyscraper pic‘ than ‘Breakfast Of Champions.’

Just last week I found over a dozen counterfeits on Ebay, and as usual I have asked for them to be deleted and as usual it is taking weeks. I shouldn’t be doing that, I should be enjoying Piña coladas on a yacht bought with my millions.

So you live and learn. And maybe if I post this, with the bloody term Marvel and DC Superheroes Lunch Atop A Skyscraper all over the place it will help my art come up higher in the google search rankings, people might come here and read this (like you did, thanks!)  and people will buy the picture from me, not some… thieving bastards.

Again, you can buy it here and you can even look at some of my other work while you’re there. You don’t have to buy anything though, buy a dodgy copy, I don’t give a monkeys anymore (I still give a monkeys).


More NEW ART! Clint Eastwood, Iron Man & Spider-Man, Taxi Driver, Thor vs The Silver Surfer, Bettie Page, Get Carter, Joe Pesci, The Godfather, Boba Fett, and Kill Bill stuff!

January 24, 2017

I’ve been busy… and here’s the results. Hope you like some of them, and even buy a print if you lurve it so much. Let’s not waste time, here’s the New Art:

Iron Man & Spider-Man


Clint: The Outaw Josey wales


Thor vs The Silver Surfer
(this is a homage to John Buscema’s cover of Silver Surfer issue 4 – basically I’ve recoloured the piece and added some stuff. The genius work still belongs to Buscema)


The Godfather


Get Carter
(my alternate movie poster to the classic movie – no, not the Stallone one…)


Bettie’s Dream
Bettie Page that is – and I wanted to do something different than another sexy shot of her, so i did, er, this.



The Bride



True Romance – Clarence & Alabama






Advantage Fett



‘Funny How?’






Bowie: Memento Mori



Taxi Driver – Travis Says
Variant on my alternate Taxi Driver poster




That’s all I got for now my lovelies, hope you like, hope you buy, hope you are happy whatever. Next time I’l direct you to some merchandise like t-shirts and mugs with my crap on it – until then, peace and out x


Kelly’s Heroes – Oddball Says merch! And More!

January 1, 2017

Literally hundreds of new items based on my little pic and variations of it can be found over at Oddball’s section of my Zazzle page

and there’s plenty of other great stuff based on my work, like these


so if you have a moment, why not look-see if there’s anything you’d like or would make a super gift for someone else? Cheers!


Happy New Year. I hope this is a better one for me as I spent last year in chronic pain following an accident. These things happen.

I preferred them when they happened to someone else though.



New Art! Ash, Bowie, Avon & Captain Marvel

December 1, 2016

Well what a super-team they would comprise…

Work has been slow following my accident last year – but I seem to be firing on all cylinders again now, and have had a couple of exhibitions recently too. Heres’s the new art I’ve knocked out since the Prince piece I posted here a few months ago. If you like them, there are links to where you can purchase them. Perhaps you feel one would ‘really bring the room together.’









They can be bought at my website, the urls are:

And I love getting feedback.

That’s all for now,


New Art – PRINCE

July 16, 2016

Prince meant a great deal to me, so i had to do a tribute piece. Hope u like it x
Available as an Art Print or Mounted Canvas

Prices start at just £17 / $25 for an A2 ArtPrint/Poster.
And as a t-shirt, mug, laptop skin, you name it, look here:

And if you want a really fancy-schmancy limited edition, on acrylic glass, or aluminium:

Taxi Driver

July 15, 2016

My newest piece is my alternate version of the classic Scorsese/De Niro masterpiece. Available to buy via all these outlets, t-shirts, posters, mounted canvas, mugs… you name it.

Taxi_driver-blueandblackborderblogBuy a print or a mounted canvas from my website here


Or on a variety of media like t-shirts, mugs, laptop skins etc here:


and a simplified version that looks like this, so you csan choose your own background colour , also on all that media, here:


Hope you like it,




Star Wars – New Piece!

February 14, 2016

Hi, Dan Avenell here again, and a new piece inspired by the Star Wars new movie – which I didn’t care for , sadly- it’s still just the Original Trilogy for me thanks. So in the first of three, here’s Star Wars (I don’t call it A New Hope). You can buy it as ever at and here’s a direct link   xxxxxxxx

I’m also going to add a few of my older pieces if this is your first time here, and the link where they can be bought at a very reasonable price, in either Art Print or Mounted Canvas format, right up to giant-size AO.

link to buy:

Some classics: Breakfast Of Champions by Dan Avenell

link to buy


Oddball Says by Dan Avenell


Link to buy:


The Tarantinoverse by Dan Avenell

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Some close-ups

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Link to buy:


Stan Lee’s Super-Supper! by Dan Avenell


Link to Buy:


Guardians In A Galaxy Far, Far Away by Dan Avenell


Link to buy:


Afterhours by Dan Avenell


link to buy:


The Joker Says by Dan Avenell


link to buy:

That’s all for now!



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