This is Day 27 of the month-long online Jack Kirby Tribute, suggest/sponsored by Howard Simpson. If you’d like to see what other creators might be doing, you can use the hashtag #KirbyArtTributes.
The prompt for today simply reads “The Celestials.” These characters come from Jack Kirby’s The Eternals book, one of the new titles he created when he returned to Marvel in the mid-’70s. As mentioned in other posts, it appears to me that at this point in his career, Jack just wanted to have his own corner where he could be left alone to do his own thing, and to let others do their own thing, no one getting in anyone’s way.
The Eternals seemed to be Jack taking inspiration from the Erich Von Däniken book, Chariots of the Gods?, which theorized visits by alien astronauts to our world in ancient times, shaping and influencing the growth of our culture. It was fuel for Kirby to tell an epic story about three groups of humanity: the Eternals (whom many myths are built around), normal mankind, and the Deviants. Watching and standing in judgment over all are the Celestials, and the beginning of the book saw their return to Earth as the Fourth Host.
Kirby’s designs for the Celestials were some of the most imaginative character visuals he’d ever come up with. Beings almost beyond comprehension, they didn’t even have what you would be able to call faces.
It wasn’t possible to draw all the Celestials here in this space. There are just way too many of them. So I opted to draw the three I found the most visually interesting. Arishem the Judge is front and center. On the left is Nezzar the Calculator, and on the right is Eson the Searcher.
Hope you enjoy, and please feel free to tune in again tomorrow!