Thursday, 8 October 2009
And today is Jim Starlin's birthday. Jim was kind of the goth of The Bronze Age, being almost completely obsessed with death & destruction throughout his career. From Warlock witnessing his own demise, to Aknaton mercy-killing an entire galaxy, to Captain Marvel's sad end, and all the way up to Thanos falling in love with Death herself, The Grim Reaper stalks through Starlin's work like, well like Death I guess.
I never found Jim's morbid fascination remotely gloomy though, maybe because his drawing style is always as reader friendly as it is odd and disturbing. ( A neat trick! )
Here's what might be the ultimate Jim Starlin story, from the debut issue of Star*Reach. It's powerful, poetic and strangely beautiful stuff, full of loads of patented Starlinesque touches, not least of which being the kind of creatures that only Jim can give us. There's also the occasional nod to Ditko, obviously a huge influence on the young Starlin.
Somebody ( possibly Jim himself ) once referred to his style as 'Detroit Cosmic', and that describes it perfectly. He deals with real stuff, just in a whole other universe. Also love the way, as he gets older, he looks more and more like Aknaton.
Time to gloom out. Here's...The Birth Of Death!