I’ve been spending a lot of time on Geoff Klock’s blog these days: where it has recently been said that the JLA Animated Darkseid is a streamlined and modernized version of Kirby’s Darkseid.
I said, over there: Kirby’s Darkseid seems to me extremely “modern”. So how to modernize the modern? I wanted to say: Kirby’s Darkseid seems to me modern as hell, in fact far more “modern” than just some interchangeable idea of a generic “Big Bad”.
Because Kirby’s Darkseid to me has a personality that I find by turns chilling and admirable…and is that weird? Well, Darkseid is really a kind of comic-book Mussolini, isn’t he? He lets the Forever People go precisely because he is a committed fascist…doesn’t he?
It is my own personal opinion that even such a great stylist as Grant Morrison misses that thing Kirby nailed, that maybe only Kirby could’ve nailed, being his creator: that Darkseid has a personality. Darkseid is a person. That’s what makes him extra horrible. A lot like Craig T. Nelson’s character in “The District” (callback for longtime readers!)…
…IF HE’D TALKED ABOUT BEING THE TIGER-FORCE AT THE HEART OF ALL THINGS…!
No one really talks about it much: but this is Kirby’s famous “word-jazz” being turned very powerfully towards a purpose, and a subject. This isn’t “Mister Mind has no RANK! And needs to go to a BANK! Because he CAN’K keep BORROWING…!”
No, this is actually deeply-felt and deeply-damaged shit Kirby is saying to us, with Darkseid.
AND THEREFORE I CALL UPON THE SOURCE, THE UNI-FRIEND…!
That I call the Internet…and I call upon YOU, Bloggers…to write an essay on Jack Kirby’s Darkseid. Wait, I will actually NAME you…
RAB. (if Rab is too busy he may designate a pinch-hitter)
And Andrew Hickey.
I know, it’s an old-style way of doing a meme…we ourselves are almost out of DATE, aren’t we? It should properly be organized on Twitter, now.
But let’s make this the last gasp, the last gawp…!
Of our weird world.
If we have to lie, let’s lie in STATE…!