It’s Dark Outside!

We’re almost halfway there! Day 15 of this month-long trib­ute to Kir­by. Howard Simp­son’s brain­child, it’s open to all cre­atives, and you can find what peo­ple are post­ing on your favorite social media plat­forms by the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt is Dark­seid. The pri­ma­ry antag­o­nist of Kir­by’s Fourth World books at DC, Dark­seid was a real gift Kir­by gave to DC: a vil­lain con­cep­tu­al­ly much larg­er than any oth­er DC had ever had up to this point. It could be argued that with the excep­tion of Galac­tus, Dark­seid even topped most of Kir­by’s pre­vi­ous vil­lain cre­ations for Mar­vel. He was in search of some­thing called the Anti-Life Equa­tion, which would enable him to take over the minds and will of every­one in the Universe!

Hope you like my Dark­seid draw­ing, and feel free to come back and see what’s new tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “It’s Dark Outside!

  1. joe musich

    I won­der how the char­ac­ter might have been used in the movies if Kir­by was still around to have a say in the out­come? You cap­ture the blues nice­ly that the dark movies do not. Col­or­ing is so impor­tant to the fan. It helps a sto­ry pop for me, while dark pre­sen­ta­tions sort of bury the sto­ry for me. Thanks much

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you like it. I’d nev­er tried to draw Dark­seid before. He’s one of those char­ac­ters that it seems like you can eas­i­ly get him wrong, if you’re not careful.

      While it would be nice if he did have a say, I kind of doubt Kir­by would’ve had any more say in the use of Dark­seid than oth­er comics cre­ators have had a say in how their DC or Mar­vel cre­ations have been used. Now if we were talk­ing about prop­er­ties Kir­by owned all the rights to (like Cap­tain Vic­to­ry or Sil­ver Star), that would be a dif­fer­ent story.

      As to col­or: I’ve inten­tion­al­ly lim­it­ed myself on these to the lim­it­ed palette used inside of most old comics. Like you, I kind of feel like it defeats the point of doing a super­hero movie when you mute your palette back so far that things are almost just gray. It’s as if they’re embar­rassed to be mak­ing a movie based on super­hero comics, and try­ing to dis­tance them­selves from the source mate­r­i­al as much as pos­si­ble by mut­ing the col­or that far.


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