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Indiana State Fair 2019 Photos, Part 3 of 6: The Marvel/DC CAN-ematic Universe

CAN Black Panther!

Black CANther welcomes you to WaCANda, homeland of King TIN’Challa. (Look, I didn’t start it, okay?)

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

It’s that time again! The Indiana State Fair is an annual celebration of Hoosier pride, farming, food, and 4-H, with amusement park rides, cooking demos, concerts by musicians either nearly or formerly popular, and farm animals competing for cash prizes without their knowledge. My wife Anne and I attend each year as a date-day to seek new forms of creativity and imagination within a local context…

One of the many creative events each year is the Canstruction contest, which isn’t necessarily exclusive to local 4-H youngsters. Canstruction is a charitable organization that holds nationwide events in which engineers and other clever planners compete against each other in building the best sculpture made entirely from canned goods, preferably in recognizable shapes and not ordinary stacks with boring titles like “Can Do!” After the judging and the public displaying are over, all those meticulously planned figures are torn down and the components are donated to local hunger relief charities, who in turn forward them to needy families totally unaware their next few meals used to be Art.

In keeping with this year’s “Heroes in the Heartland” theme and its inclusion of beloved mainstream superheroes, contestants were asked to make superheroes out of cans. The results were amusing for all but the most cantankerous.


CAN Batman!

Batman, the Del Monte Detective.

CAN Superman!

Superman, the Man of Aluminum.

CAN Wonder Woman!

A rare context in which it’s actually polite to check out Wonder Woman’s cans.

CAN Spidey!

Spider-Can, Spider-Can, does whatever a grocer can. Costar of the hit film Avengers: Endcap.

CAN Thor!

Thor with a cape made of gravy packets, apropos of his Endgame couch potato bod.

CAN Iron Man!

Lord knows Tony Stark has gotten more than his share of “tin can” jokes in 50+ years of comics, even without this setup as an easy opener.

CAN Hulk!

HO HO HO. Green giant!

CAN Groot!

He is Groot! Made entirely of canned mushrooms. The fact that not everything lends itself to punning is, I guess, the morel of the story.

More to come! Other chapters in this very special miniseries:

Part 1: Our Year in Food
Part 2: The Heroes Theme
Part 4: Cake Bosses
Part 5: The Art of the Fair
Part 6: Random Acts of State Fairing
Encore Part 1: 2 Fair 2 Food
Encore Part 2: Another Ace Art Assemblage
Encore Part 3: Last Day, Last Call

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