Comic Book Character of the Week!
I will be picking one major comic book superhero, team or theme and post my favorite cover art or pin-up art of said character to share. I hope you all enjoy this new spotlight feature on Don’t Hate The Geek!
Comic Book Character of the Week: Thanos
Today’s artist: The man who created Thanos – Jim Starlin
Writer-artist Jim Starlin made his creation of Thanos of Titan during college psychology classes. Jim Starlin describing Thanos who Sterling has admitted is influenced by Jack Kirby’s Darkseid, the evil villain from the war world of Apocalypse.
I went to college between doing U.S. military service and getting work in comics, and there was a psych class and I came up with Thanos … and Drax the Destroyer, but I’m not sure how he fit into it, just anger management probably. So I came up to Marvel and [editor] Roy[Thomas] asked if I wanted to do an issue of Iron Man. I felt that this may be my only chance ever to do a character, not having the confidence that my career was going to last anything longer than a few weeks. So they got jammed into it. Thanos was a much thinner character and Roy suggested beefing him up, so he’s beefed up quite a bit from his original sketches … and later on I liked beefing him up so much that he continued to grow in size.
Jim Sterling about his influence by Jack Kirby’s Darksied .
Kirby had done the New Gods, which I thought was terrific. He was over at DC at the time. I came up with some things that were inspired by that. You’d think that Thanos was inspired by Darkseid, but that was not the case when I showed up. In my first Thanos drawings, if he looked like anybody, it was Metron. I had all these different gods and things I wanted to do, which became Thanos and the Titans. Roy took one look at the guy in the Metron-like chair and said: “Beef him up! If you’re going to steal one of the New Gods, at least rip off Darkseid, the really good one!”
Thanos made his first appearance in Iron Man #55 as a seemly nice guy of all things coming to the aid of Iron Man who finds himself lost in space. Thanos true evil intentions are soon revealed and from then on the Mad God from Titan has been one of the Marvel Universe’s most dangerous adversarys for over three decades! Thanos is so evil he even killed his entire plant and he only has one love….Death herself! Here’s more classic history found on Thanos in info pages found in comic books.