A roll down superhero lane

Bowlaway Lanes owner Rich Naccarato bows a strike under the watchful eyes of Johnny Johnson's mural of life-sized, comic superheroes.

Bowlaway Lanes owner Rich Naccarato bows a strike under the watchful eyes of Johnny Johnson's mural of life-sized, comic superheroes. Photo by Jeff Horner.

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If life-sized, comic superheroes are right up your alley, you can marvel at them as they seemingly bounce off a wall inside Bowlaway Lanes.

Thor — armed with a bowling pin — is striking at arch-foe Loki.

The Hulk “smashes” into the building.

You can see Iron Man show off his powerful bowling backswing.

And, of course, Spider-Man keeps hanging around, in his spare time.

The Avenger mural work has been airbrushed onto the 60-foot-long north wall of the lanes at 411 Ash St., thanks to well-known local artist Johnny Johnson.

Known as the “mural man,” Johnson finished the paintings a few weeks ago and they’ve created quite a stir, according to Bowlaway owner Rich Naccarato.

He took over ownership of the lanes on Aug. 31 and was looking for a way to kick-start a youth league.

In walked Johnson one day and suggested a superhero theme. They put their heads together and came up with the idea of the four Marvel Comic figures in a bowling milieu.

Pow! Bam!

It worked.

The youth league now has more than 20 bowlers and everyone seems awed at the action-packed display.

“Even the older bowlers love it,” Naccarato said.

Future plans include painting bowling alleys into infinity on the inside south wall and perhaps murals on the outside of the building.

Johnson started drawing in fourth-grade. “And they were all comic book heroes,” he said.

“That’s the first love of all the work I do.”

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