What is Dieselpunk?

Dieselpunk is an art style based on the aesthetics popular between World War I and the end of World War II. The style combines the artistic and genre influences of the period (including pulp magazines, serial films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with postmodern technology and sensibilities.

First coined in 2001 as a marketing term by game designer Lewis Pollak to describe his role-playing game Children of the Sun, Dieselpunk has grown to describe a distinct style of visual art, music, motion pictures, fiction, and engineering.

Examples include Rocketeer, The Legend of Korra, Crimson Skies, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Dark City, Greed Corp, Gatling Gears, Iron Sky, the BioShock series, K-20: Legend of the Mask and Skullgirls.

Some examples of Dieselpunk

Dieselpunk Popeye

Art by Hai Ookami

The Warrior


Santa trades in the reindeer

Art by Alejandro Burdisio

HMS Asterion

Art by Mike Doscher

Ready for war

Art by Whendell

Ace of the sky

Art by Stefan Paris

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