Comic Heroes - - Feature -

Jack Kirby’s mid-’70s re­turn to Marvel is of­ten for­got­ten by fans, but there’s strong stuff here, not least in The Eter­nals, a more con­ven­tional re­work­ing of “Fourth World” tropes and themes. What made this par­tic­u­lar hid­den civil­i­sa­tion of mod­ern-day godlings so in­trigu­ing was the way it chan­nelled the was-God-a-space­man? con­spir­acy the­o­ries so pop­u­lar at the time, thanks to Erich von Däniken’s Char­i­ots Of The Gods. Okay, so hunky blonde Ikaris is a tad dull com­pared to Orion or Thor, but he’s been around long enough to be mis­taken for Noah’s dove, is pow­ered by cos­mic en­ergy, com­mu­ni­cates with Ce­les­tials, and takes his Earth-pro­tect­ing mis­sion very se­ri­ously in­deed.


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