In 1972 NASA launched the "Jupiter Plaque", an engraved tablet depicting life on Earth and our location in the cosmos, for any intelligent life that may come across it.
The Los Angles Times asked several prominent artists to draw what they would have put on the plaque and why. To the surprise of everyone, Kirby the futurist and visionary drew two superbeings, a man and a woman, that would scare away potential conquerors. Suggesting to intelligent life that everyone on Earth are Supermen.
This was his explanation:
"I see no wisdom in the eagerness to be found and approached by any intelligence with the ability to accomplish it from any sector of space. In the meetings between ‘discoverers’ and ‘discoverees’, history has always given the advantage to the finders. In the case of the Jupiter Plaque, I feel that a tremendous issue was thoughtlessly taken out of the world forum by a few individuals who have marked a clear trail to our door. My point is who will come-a-knocking, the trader or the tiger?"
JUPITER PLAQUE SUGGESTION (1972) By Jack Kirby (pencils/colors) & Mike Royer (inks)
Whose idea was it to use the photo of ‘Ken Wind’? Whose photo is that?
Sienkiewicz: Mine, and Ken Wind doesn’t exist except in pieces. It weirded me out, when years later George Bush chose Dan Quayle as his V.P. I thought, “Ken Wind has come to life.” Turns out it was not too far from the truth.
I love Sienkiewicz’s use of the unchanging Xerox face as the mask the Beast uses in his guise of a politician. I see this same mask in almost every politician in front of the news cameras to this day.
Also brilliantly noteworthy is the bitter little Nixon/Reagan amalgam caricature Sienkiewicz created for the unnamed incumbent President. Sienkiewicz would return to political-themed projects in the future with 1989’s Brought to Light and 1990’s Friendly Dictators.
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