About Dieselpunk

Dieselpunk didn’t start with a bang. It started with the crack of a whip. When Indiana Jones blazed his way onto the big screen in 1981, he popularized a postmodern style of art that has continued to evolve over the past three decades.

New to dieselpunk? Read Tome Wilson’s introduction to the genre.

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones
Wolfenstein: The New Order artwork

Changing World War II

Alternate World War II histories typically either kill Hitler, to end the war quickly, or correct one of his many strategic mistakes, to enable an Axis victory.

Nick Ottens has 22 more ways to change World War II.


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Third Reich Victorious
Rocketeer Adventures
Winter in Madrid
Everyday Fashions of the Thirties as Pictured in Sears Catalogs
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Stefan Prohaczka artwork

The Philosophy of Dieselpunk

Dieselpunk philosophy comprises three aspects: decodence, contemporary and punk.

Diego Rivera artwork

Re-punking Dieselpunk

Dieselpunk must be anti-brutalist, anti-fascist, anti-industrialist and anti-militarist.

The Man in the High Castle scene

Year Zero in The Man in the High Castle

The desire to wipe clean the slate of history is typical of mass movements.


Army of Shadows
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Iron Sky
Jungle Cruise
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Genre Tropes

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Howard Hughes
The Aviator

The life and legend of Howard Hughes

Cabaret Berlin Germany
Weimar Germany

A-to-Z history by Sarah Zama

German tank in Russia
When the World Held Its Breath

Paul Hynes’ alternate histories of the Eastern Front

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Mapping World War II

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The Man in the High Castle, Season 1
The Plot Against America
Perry Mason
The Adventures of Tintin
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Video Games

Iron Storm
Devil Summoner 2: Raidou Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon
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