Thursday, January 31, 2013

Anti-Life for Sale

"Anti-Life for Sale" from Forever People vol.1 #3 (DC, 1971) by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta
There's nothing Glorious Godfrey can't sell. The Forever People are my least favorite part of Kirby's Fourth World, probably because I have less of a connection to what they represent - I'm too young to be a hippy or to have any notions of New Age in my personal spiritual make-up. The New Gods are Greek and Norse mythology dressed in science fiction, Mister Miracle is straight up New Testament, and Jimmy Olsen is the comic book prophet, and I GET all of those. The Forever People feel, in comparison, much more dated, a product of the early 70s. Still, it's Kirby, and Your Daily Splash Page loves some Kirby.

4 comments:

  1. The Forever People were my least favorite of the Fourth World books back when they were coming out, as I really enjoyed the New Gods and to a lesser extent Mister Miracle. Jimmy Olsen is a whole other brew. But reading them now, years later, I think I find more value in them than I did. I didn't get it then, maybe I do now or perhaps vice versa.

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  2. It helps that they were integrated into the overall Fourth World story in the Omnibusususes.

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  3. "There's nothing Glorious Godfrey can't sell."

    Still, from a pure marketing perspective, you might have wanted to rename Anti-Life to something a little more consumer friendly...

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  4. But then it wouldn't be a challenge.

    Note that Anti-Life is ALREADY the toned-down, euphemistic version of Darkseid's low-selling product, Anti-Will.

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