101 Last Suppers

Fast Food Last Supper
Another version using fast food franchise mascots as disciples. Nice to see one without Ronald McDonald as Jesus and hey, the Burger King guy is called The King. Looks like the Oven Mitt (Arby’s mascot?) is the Judas. Aren’t there any more mascots out there? Anyway, the image is a from a t-shirt design by Stephanie Sachs.

Fast Food Mascot’s Last Supper
Soon after wondering if there weren’t any more fast food mascots that could be used, I stumbled upon this Last Supper version, with a full compliment of junk food disciples. I couldn’t find any attribution about the artist — if anyone knows, please leave a comment. Domino Pizza’s Noid is Judas to Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders. It is important to Avoid the Noid.

From Billy: “Left to right: Long John Silvers, Dave Thomas of Wendys, Bob’s Big Boy’s, a really crappy Hamburguler, The Domino’s Noid, Wendy, Col. Sanders from KFC, Ronald McDonald, the Burger King King, Little Ceaser’s mascot, Fat Jared from Subway, Chucky Cheese’s Chucky Cheese, and Popeye, who is used as the difacto mascot of Popeye’s Chicken.”

Justice League Last Supper
Even comic artists like to indulge in a little da Vinci parody. This image appeared in the Countdown/Final Crisis series, with much speculation as to whether DC Comics is planning to kill off Batman sometime in 2008. I can’t speak to that, but I love Wonder Woman in the potential role of Mary Magdalene and how many of the parodies are placing a female figure to the left of the Christ figure. Green Lantern takes on the Judas role. I have no idea why.

From Chris Power: “That scene from countdown does allude to Batman/Wonder Woman relationship that is continually hinted at in the DCU. Green Lantern is Judas because about 15 years ago he betrayed everyone after Coast City was destroyed and he became Parallax.”

From Billy: “Left to right: Red Tornado, Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Black Canary (standing), Wonder Woman, Batman, Vixen (standing), Black Lightning, Hawkgirl, and Red Arrow (Roy Harper) In the foreground is Superman and “Mr Action” who is really Jimmy Olsen.”

Kevin Smith’s Last Supper
It was almost inevitable that someone would create a Last Supper out of director Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse. Artist Misha avoided using Smith as Christ (unlike the Tarantino version above) instead using Mooby the Golden Calf, a reference to the graven image worshiped in the Old Testament. Nice.

Here is how Misha described the painting, which was purchased by Smith himself, to MTV: “I did a lot of listening to [Smith] talk, a lot of listening to podcasts, voiceovers from the actual films, stories. It’s funny, because you’re painting Ben Affleck’s face and you’re listening to a story about him, so there are a lot of little jokes within it, wink-winks. You’ve got Rufus [the 13th Disciple], who has finally made it to the supper where he belongs. Kinky Kelly and the Sexy Stud — he brought a date — Hooper X pinching Banky’s butt, Dante and Randall, of course, overlooking Alyssa playing with her fingercuffs. Then Stan Lee. Stan Lee is God.”

Yoda’s Last Supper
Another take on the Star Wars, but using 16th-century Italian painter Jacopo Bassano’s Last Supper as inspiration, instead of the more common da Vinci version. Betray me, one of you will.

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Battlestar Galactica’s Last Supper
Last Supper pop culture homages continue to surface, easily making it one of the most imitated images for satirists. What makes this image so popular is the back story is so well know that all anyone needs to do is plug in the appropriate characters and a new story emerges.

The latest version I’ve come across is Entertainment Weekly’s Battlestar Galactica Last Supper in their preview of season four. To my unending shame I have not been watching BSG, but happily executive producer Ron Moore explains the placement of the figures:

Gaius Baltar & Number Six: Even though Baltar seemed to be on a savior track, “that’s not really what the story is about,” explains Moore. “Baltar’s Six has proclaimed that she is delivering the gospel of the [Cylon’s] one true god, so it seemed natural to place her at the center of the photo.”

Lee Adama: “The brooding (Judas-like?) former pilot is still in his civilian suit. “He does not return to flight status,” says Moore.

Read about the other eight here.

Casino Last Supper
A painting at the Siena Hotel Casino and Spa in Reno, Nevada, take by Pamela Haynes. Funny. I suppose at a casino the dealer is king.

Scientologist’s Last Supper
I can’t believe it took me so long to check The Gallery of the Absurd for a version of the Last Supper and fourteen did not disappoint with The Scientologist’s Last Supper. From the artist: “It clearly shows Tom Cruise as Christ, but leaves several other questions unanswered. For instance, who is the mysterious woman seated to His left and why is she smiling like that? Could she be his…gasp…wife? Is that a Jenny Craig-approved cupcake Kirstie Alley is grabbing? John Travolta is wearing loafers and he’s floating – what does this mean? How did Will Smith get mixed up with this bunch? So many questions, so few answers.”

Though painted in January 2007 it dovetails nicely with the extra craziness of Cruise’s feverish advocation of The Church of Scientology, leaked this January (2008) on all sorts of sites.

Comic Last Supper
Sadboy-Elchicotriste’s Last Paper Supper is a nice take on the comic book Last Supers, this one featuring a number of European characters. From the artist: “From left to right we can see a Peyo’s smurf, Spiderman, walt disney’s Mickey Mouse, Ibañez’s Mortadelo, Herge’s Tintin, Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese as the main guy, Uderzo and Goscinny’s Obelix, Segar’s Popeye, franquin’s Spirou, Morris’s Lucky Luke, Schultz’s Charlie Brown with Snoopy on the table too and in the middle the manga’s freak shin chan… manga hurted quite a lot the tradition of the european comic… guess who’s the betrayer?”

Well, Tintin is in the Judas seat, but once again I have no idea as to why.

X-Men Last Supper
Speaking of comic characters, Symphonic-Massacre’s X-Supper is made up of all X-Men characters. I can name half a dozen and recognize Jean Grey/Pheonix in the Christ position but I don’t know who the Judas character is. Any fans out there?

Turns out there are a lot of fans out there. The best description came from Mike: Gambit is Judas, he’s holding the money. Gambit also has a history of betraying the team… and really anyone else he comes in contact with. X-Men left to right: Colossus, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Gambit (seated), Wolverine (behind), Cyclops, Jean Grey, Gateway (behind), Cable (seated), Angel, Beast, Bishop, Xavier. Gateway is such a minor character I have no idea why he would be included.

Darth Vader’s Last Supper
A Last Supper made up of evil robots from pop culture? Why not. So if Darth Vader is Christ and the Borg Queen is Judas, who does she sell him out to? The Federation or the Rebel Alliance.

From the artist, ABVH: Left to right – ED 209 (Robocop), Dalek (Dr.Who), Trade Federation Droid (SW), Terminator (T1), Borg Queen (Star Trek), Maria (Metropolis), Darth “He’s more machine than man now” Vader (SW), Cylon (BSG), Cyrax (Mortal Combat 2), Ash’s head (Alien), T1000 (T2), General Grievous (SW), Sentinel (Matrix)

Rock ‘n’ Roll Last Supper
Poncho-Juju’s Last Rock Supper explores the rock gods conceit. Instead of choosing Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain or John Lennon as the Christ figure, a Les Gibson takes centre stage. Marilyn Manson is placed as Judas (sure, why not?), but that figure is usually represented by the person second to the left of Christ, with their arm out, often holding a bag of money (or whatever the character took for their betrayal.) In this case it would be Pink Flyod’s Syd Barrett, or at least that’s who I think he was going for.

From the artist: (left to right) St Mick, St Sid, St Elvis, St Syd, Marylin (as Judas, in a kind of hommage), St Janis, the Holy Gibson, St Chuck, St Kurt, St John, St Jimi, St Jim, and St Freddy. People chosen mostly among the martyrs of rock, although some still living have been allowed (Mick Jagger for iconism, Marylin Manson for playing Judas, Chuck Berry for pretty much inventing Rock ‘n Roll).

Simpsons Last Supper
A fan art Simpsons Last Supper by Jabba the Slut, which doesn’t use any of the main family characters. I never would have guessed Otto as a Christ-figure but I could see Apu as a Judas. If it would help the Kwiki Mart he could do anything.

From the artist: (from left to right) Groundskeeper Willie, Lenny Leonard, Miss Hoover, Moe Szyslack, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, Helen Lovejoy, Otto Mann, The Comic Book Guy, Chief Clancy Wiggum, Carl Carlson, Disco Stu, Herchel Krustofsky aka Krusty the Clown, Charles Montgomery Burns.

Mario’s Last Supper
AngstyGuy’s The Last Smashing take on a video game Last Supper is similar in theme to Donkey Kong’s Last Supper but with Nintendo’s all-stars standing in for Jesus and his Apostles and Mario in the centre seat. His Judas is Wario, Mario’s evil doppelgänger. How appropriate. The artist says there is a Da Vinci code in the painting. Head to his site to find out more.

From Billy: “Left to right: Falco from Starfox, Link, Starfox, Wario, Luigi, Princess Peach/Toadstool, Mario, Captain Falcon from F-Zero, Link again?, one of the guys from Final Fantasy, Pitt from Kid Icarus, the other guy from Final Fantasy (Marth?) and Donkey Kong. Under the table left to right: Kirby, Snake from Metal Gear Solid, and Pikachu from Pokemon.”

Apple Last Supper
Another Apple-related Last Supper and a nice riff on the iconic iPod ads. Still, shouldn’t Judas at least be holding a Zune or even a Victrola?

Northern Exposure Last Supper
In an episode of Northern Exposure, local DJ Chris Stevens has a dream sequence where he imagines himself as Christ at a Last Supper while he tries to figure out how best to honour his mentor Tooley. It is from the Season Four episode, Heroes — best quality I could find. Thanks to Foolish Sage for the heads up.

Action Figure Last Supper
An odd assortment of disciples for Christ at this Last Supper. Looks like Larry of the Three Stooges, Wolfman, Spock Frankenstein’s monster, Bart Simpson, Marilyn Monroe, JC, Gilligan, Capt. Kirk, Dracula, Moe of the Three Stooges, Batman and Mickey Mouse. It looks like a collection of the creators figures, but quite nicely done.

Oxfam’s Last Supper
Cartoonist Gerard Alsteens created this Last Supper for Oxfam’s Dutch Fair Trade campaign. I can’t name everyone at the table, but here’s what I have: ?, Bart Simpson, ET, Tintin (as Judas), Mickey Mouse, ?, Che Guevara, Pope Benedictus, Spider-man, Charlie Chaplin, Jimi Hendrix (I think), John Lennon, Nelson Mandela (another guess). The version on the Oxfam site has a flash element, where all the items on the table have a fair trade link.

From annet: “The first one is Cowboy Henk, a Belgian figure by the artist Herr Seele. He seems to have an image of Guy Verhofstadt, former prime minister of Belgium on his chest or something.”

Final Crisis Last Supper
Another DC comics Last Supper, this one with villains. This is a promotional image for Countdown to Final Crisis and my comic knowledge fails me. But that is what the interweb is for and an excellent analysis from Foot2Mouth tells me the who’s who. From left to right: Granny Goodness, Eclipse, Mary Marvel, Joker (as Judas), Catwoman, Lex Luthor (as Christ), Kingdom Come Superman, Cyborg Superman, Return of Superman, Trickster, Dessad, Penguin.

From Billy: “Your Final Crisis Last Supper was a little wrong. Left to right: Granny Goodness, Dark Mary Marvel, Eclipso (Jean Loring), Martian Manhunter, The Joker, Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Lex Luthor, Kingdom Come Superman, Cyborg Superman (Hank Henshaw) wearing his Sinestro Corps costume, Superman Prime, The old Trickster (James Jesse) wearing the new Trickster’s clothes and carrying the Pied Piper’s flute, Desaad, The Penguin.”

Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Last Supper
The Flying Spaghetti Monster is an elaborate satire, meant to show the fallacies of Intelligent Design. From the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster’s Open Letter to the Kansas School Board:

“Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster… Some find that hard to believe, so it may be helpful to tell you a little more about our beliefs. We have evidence that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. None of us, of course, were around to see it, but we have written accounts of it. We have several lengthy volumes explaining all details of His power.”

And so on. So of course it only seems appropriate that there be a Last Supper, with some of the disciples in the traditional full pirate regalia.

Zombie Last Supper
“This is my body, which is broken for you…” I don’t know why I held off on this zombie version for so long. If zombies don’t have a place in pop culture, who does? I’ve found multiple postings, but none that have led me to the original artist. Anyone know where it is from?

Update April 2009: 50 new Last Supper parodies

Akatsuki Last Supper
Naruto is an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. Akatsuki is a criminal organization composed of ten high-level ninja that have defected from their village of origin

From artist ValkyrieRandgris: Pein as Jesus, Madara as Jokabus, Tobi as Philippus, Sasori as Matthäus, Itachi as Thaddäus, Kisame as Simon,Kakuzu as Bartholomäus, Hidan as Jakobus, Arochimaru as Andreas, Zetsu as Petrus, Deidara as Judas, Konan as Johannes.

I, of course, have absolutely no idea what any of that meant.

Animal Protection Last Supper
An ad from the International Organization for Animal Protection. “One of you betrays us 150,000 times every year.”

Balloons Last Supper
“This Last Supper was sculptured by Mr. Bubbles and fellow balloon twisters at the Fellowship of Christian Magicians convention in 2004. Balloon twisters from around the world come together each summer at the FCM convention to learn from each other on how better to use balloons to teach Gods word.”

Uh, yeah. God twists balloons in mysterious ways. (Thanks to kitchendon for the tip)

David Beckham Last Supper
From the Manchester Evening News: “The re-working of Italian master Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting, created to mark the launch of a satellite TV station’s World Cup coverage, is titled Sven’s Last Supper. The England captain is transformed into Jesus, sat at the centre of the table, in front of the World Cup trophy, lost in thought.”

“Beckham is separated from his team mates, which could show he is one of the few English players to play abroad. His concentration could also show how the England captain has realized the tournament, which starts in Germany this week, could be his last World Cup.”

Black Sabbath Last Supper
From Amazon: The Last Supper is the first-ever live DVD from legendary Metal superstars Black Sabbath, which includes all of Sabbath’s biggest hits performed live.

So shouldn’t Ozzy Osbourne be Jesus? Or maybe because he thought so is why the band broke up in the first place. (Link via Snap Dragon)

Salvador Dali’s The Sacrament Of The Last Supper, 1955
From the National Gallery of Art, Washington: Twelve pentagons and twelve apostles, as Dalí said: “…communion must be symmetric.” The Sacrament of the Last Supper was painted using oil on canvas, in 1955.

David LaChapelle’s LastSupper
Last Supper by photographer David LaChapelle, part of his “Jesus is my Homeboy” series.

From Artnet: “Illustrated in 2003 in the British magazine I-D, the works construe a fierce critique of a consumer society. His subjects are multi-ethnic groups of youths who come from a rap and hip-hop culture and wear underground clothing with the camouflaged street fashion of the wardrobe stylist Patty Wilson. Christ with finely chiseled, Apollo like features amongst them, is suspended into the composition as a metaphysical visitor.”

Oh. I totally see that now.

Devil’s Rejects Last Supper
A poster of the cast of Rob Zombie’s film, The Devil’s Rejects, made to look like The Last Supper. Well, kinda. Minus the requisite number of disciples and any effort to match the body positions. But other than that, it’s perfect. (Link via Bloody-Disgusting.com, thanks to reader Mr. Loodyvillanopolis for the tip)

Dilbert Last Supper
From Shroud of Wally, an episode of the animated Dilbert cartoon: Wally is falsely worshiped by a group of young marketing students when a rocket containing a picture of him with the false appearance of a halo over his head crashes into a marketing brainwashing seminar and is discovered by the easily fooled marketing students. Why the Pointy-Haired Boss isn’t portrayed as Judas, I have no idea.

Dogs Playing Poker Last Supper
Artist Ron Burn’s Dinner and Drinks with the Son of Dog. “Maybe the world isn’t ready for this. Truth is, I wasn’t trying to be controversial with this one,” says Ron Burns. “I love Da Vinci, I love dogs and it seemed like a fun idea to bring the two together.” (Link via Boing Boing)

Dinosaur Last Supper
Says Ricard Pascual: “A friend of mine. He’s always been a fanatic of all kind of animals and his speciality is scientific painting, so his last year final project was the last supper with dinosaurs.” (Link via Boing Boing)

Bob Dylan Last Supper
Artist James Seward’s depiction of the Last Supper is filled with rock icons, but I can’t say who for sure. I see Jerry Garcia to the left, and I think John Lennon has the role of Judas, while Bob Marley is further left. To the right I see Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and Willie Nelson, but that’s all I can say for sure. Suggestions welcome. (Link via Last Suppers)

Update: A couple of people have taken a stab at this one, but Pissed Off Hillbilly has submitted a full list. Left to right: Duane Allman, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Carlos Santana, Willie Nelson, Tom Waits

Dracula’s Last Supper
It’s a movie monster’s Last Supper from darkwaterfrey. L-R: Mummy, Cyclops, Wolfman, the Headless Horseman as Judas, Zombie, Death, Dracula as Jesus, Creature From the Black Lagoon, Invisible Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, Bride of Frankenstein, Ghost, Witch.

Elvis Presely Last Supper
Guy Peellaert is a major European Pop artist. In 1974, Elle magazine called him the “the Michelangelo of Pop”… Elvis Presley’s Last Supper, with guests Cliff Richard, Tom Jones and Eddie Cochran, feasting on burgers and drinking Coca-Cola. (Link via Coca-Cola Art Gallery)

Etch-A-Sketch Last Supper
Kevin E. Davis draws his masterpieces with an Etch A Sketch. So, naturally, he had to try his hand at the Last Supper.

Food Court Last Supper
I suppose a mall is where a modern messiah might have his Last Supper. It would certainly go with all the fast food versions. From artist Dianne Fries.

Gambling Last Supper
Irish gambling site Paddy Power was forced to withdraw an advertising campaign featuring Jesus and the apostles gambling at the Last Supper, following a large volume of complaints in 2005. “There’s a place for fun and games” was the slogan. Paddy Power took down its Last Supper posters around Dublin and replaced them with ones reading: “There’s a place for fun and games. Apparently this isn’t it.”

Gordon Ramsay Last Supper
British Michelin star chefs Last Supper for a Guardian magazine photo shoot, with Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen fame as Jesus, haloed by a flying brie.

Looney Tunes Last Supper
When artist Glen Tarnowski‘s The Gathering was displayed in the window of the Chuck Jones Gallery in San Diego, it turned some heads. Inevitably it also sent some folks off the deep end and called for it’s removal. “Most people think it’s fun and amusing, but 5% are pulling their hair out,” said Mike Dicken, national sales director for the gallery.

The Disciples (l-r): Henery Hawk, Wile E. Coyote, Junior Bear, Elmer Fudd as Judas, the Grinch, the Road Runner, Bugs Bunny as Jesus, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Marc Anthony, Pepe Le Pew, Gossamer, Porky Pig.

“Chuck Jones was the absolute master in using cartoon characters to communicate the issues we deal with in life,” Tarnowski told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We all resonate with these characters. (Link via Cartoon Brew)

Last Supper Lan Party
From web artist Justin Parks: Ages ago, I drew a ‘Last Supper Lan Party’ featuring the gang at NeenerNeener.Net. For the launch of their new website, I redrew that illustration, this time inspired by the new podcast theme that the site now favors.

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