Over the course of completing hundreds of superheroes, Downing enlisted the help of friends and fans of the series to help draw or inspire characters. When asked about his inspirations, Downing said, "It all comes from my head, but my collective unconscious is pretty powerful. I'm sure there are influences from just about everywhere... I like the experience to be as spontaneous as possible. I like being surprised by what I draw."
The Nutcracker, drawn by a friend named Munchanka, gained powers after being bit by a genetically enhanced acorn. His abilities include "a tough outer shell and causing severe irritation to those with nut allergies," and his foes amusingly include "all nuts, seeds, and legumes." The Nutcracker fights to deliver justice to the mutated acorn that "made him into the nut he is today," says the related blog post.
January 24, 2013 12:58 PM PST
Photo by: Munchanka
| Caption by: Christopher MacManus
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