One of my favorite things about nerds and nerd culture is its never-ending ability to remix and rework mainstream art, music, and literature. Sure, the glut of classic novels reworked as zombie stories may grow tiresome after a while, but there is always a fun new mash-up just beyond the horizon. We can also always look to the long-standing trend of artists and book cover designers putting science fiction spins on classic works of art.
Tor has put together a great collection of examples of everyone from da Vinci to Dali getting new twists. Each adaptation sits next to the original so you can get a real of the alterations made.
There are some fairly recognizable American classics taken in new directions, like Luke Radi’s take on Norman Rockwell’s “The Runaway”.