2001: A Space Odyssey #7 cover
In 1972 NASA launched the "Jupiter Plaque", an engraved tablet depicting life on Earth and our location in the cosmos, for any intelligent life that may come across it.
The Los Angles Times asked several prominent artists to draw what they would have put on the plaque and why. To the surprise of everyone, Kirby the futurist and visionary drew two superbeings, a man and a woman, that would scare away potential conquerors. Suggesting to intelligent life that everyone on Earth are Supermen.
This was his explanation:
"I see no wisdom in the eagerness to be found and approached by any intelligence with the ability to accomplish it from any sector of space. In the meetings between ‘discoverers’ and ‘discoverees’, history has always given the advantage to the finders. In the case of the Jupiter Plaque, I feel that a tremendous issue was thoughtlessly taken out of the world forum by a few individuals who have marked a clear trail to our door. My point is who will come-a-knocking, the trader or the tiger?"
JUPITER PLAQUE SUGGESTION (1972)
By Jack Kirby (pencils/colors) & Mike Royer (inks)
did anyone ever know what was up more than Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby at war - nine minutes of World War two stories. Enjoy!
"They made a perfect circle, except the bottom half of their bodies were missing. The shell evidently hit right in the center of the group and threw them out in a circle… and you see a lot of these nice designs, if you’re an artist."
Penciled page from FANTASTIC FOUR #89 by Jack Kirby
Kirby’s border notes read:
IT’S APOLLO MISSION — SLAVER ADJUSTS INVISIBILITY SCREEN
NOW HE CHECKS THE WEAPON THAT WILL NAIL HIS POWERFUL PERFECT SPECIMEN
BUT HE MUST GET CLOSE — SO AS NOT TO PANIC TARGET — TECHNICAL TOY CREATES FACE THAT WILL BE FAMILIAR TO PREY
NOW SHIP APPROACHES EARTH — SLAVER’S PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE
Collage page from FANTASTIC FOUR #51 by Jack Kirby. The Reed figure and the balloon were added back in by the art’s owner.
Kirby’s border note reads:
REED DRIFTS IN DIMENSIONAL SPACE—IT’S BOTH WEIRD AND BEAUTIFUL
From time to time, Druillet’s influences shine through. Here, the most obvious are Kirby and Giger. Druillet’s been Kirby influenced for some time, but the Giger stuff is relatively new. I really like how the sky in the background is done using a completely different art style.
(Heavy Metal issue #84, March 1984 - Pages 48&49 Salambo II: Carthage by Druillet)
Thinking about it for an essay on Shia LaBeouf’s bullshit + influence + post-modernist art, and I love artists whose stuff is pretty singularly theirs but who are also really open about their influences and where their style comes from.
1. Paul Pope
2. Hugo Pratt
4. Jack Kirby
5. Tatsuya Egawa
6. Vittorio Giardino
7. Guido Crepax
8. Tony Salmons
9. Katsuhiro Otomo
10. Bruno Premiani
Obviously these aren’t all of Pope’s influences (I didn’t include Frank Miller, Milo Manara, or Goseki Kojima) but I like that you can see them in Pope’s work without it taking away from the quality or singular style of his linework.