Jack Kirby’s ‘Lord Of Light’ Designs For The Project That Inspired ‘Argo’
If you’ve been to a movie theater in the past few months, you’re probably at least passingly familiar with the plot of Argo, the award-winning film directed by Ben Affleck about the CIA’s daring rescue of diplomats involving a fake movie. It was based on a true story, and one of the more interesting aspects of that story, as I’ve written about before, was the involvement of the King of Comics, Jack Kirby.
Kirby’s designs for a movie based on Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light were used to back up the cover story, and if you’ve never seen them, they are every bit as wild as you can imagine, full of Kirby’s signature style and grandeur.One of the more interesting things about Kirby’s Lord of Light designs was that they were meant to serve two purposes. They’d be built as the movie sets, but after filming, Barry Geller planned to turn them into Science Fiction Land, a theme park in Colorado. Kirby designs for a movie set are one thing, but Kirby designs that would’ve actually been built, to scale, that people could walk through and gawk at? It’s hard to argue that we’re not living in the worst possible timeline when that’s a thing that didn’t happen.
Many of the pictures feature tiny people drawn in for scale, so you can see just how big this thing was going to be –check out “Brahma’s Supremacy” and imagine that being a thing that actually existed. The mind boggles.
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