From Gotham City to Mega City One, the Architects’ Journal presents a selection of the greatest illustrated urban spaces
10. Radiant City
Radiant City first appeared in 80s’ comic Mister X. Published by Vortex Comics, it’s quirky storyline and new-wave, post-atomic style graphics made it something of a cult hit – British style mag The Face loved it. Mr X became a very cool secret for nerds and hipsters only.
Here’s Canadian Dean Motter on his creation. ‘It is a noir tale set in the futuristic present as envisioned in 1939. It concerns a city – Radiant City - designed to be a utopia, but its subliminal design flaws are driving its citizenry insane. Mister X is one of the creators of the city, who has returned from exile to repair it and in doing so goes up against a corrupt government, the mob and other antagonists. He is cursed with an addiction to a drug which keeps him awake 24 hours a day. All the while his ex-girlfriend struggles with her feelings for him.’
One other thing. Mister X looks like Le Corbusier on crack. What more do you need to know?