Stan Lee’s Motion Comic About Elvis at the Gates of Heaven Is Weirder Than It Sounds
One of the things I didn't get to pick up on Free Comic Book day was the preview of Graphic Elvis, a $195 hardcover biography of the King of Rock 'n' Roll. As of today, this has become the single greatest regret of my entire life, because what I didn't know was that Graphic Elvis doesn't just stop at Elvis's death. Instead, it features a story written by Stan Lee where Elvis is judged at the gates of Heaven.
Fortunately, that sequence has been made into a fully-voiced motion comic for Wired, which somehow manages to be even more mind-boggling than it sounds. Check out the video in all its dubious theological glory after the cut.
From the decidedly Jack Kirby-esque art by Jeevan J. Kang and a Heaven that looks like Thor should be flying by on his way to go fight the Wrecking Crew all the way to Elvis sprouting wings and joining the celestial host as an angel is pretty bizarre.
Don't get me wrong, if it were up to me, "Suspicious Minds" alone would earn you a spot in eternal paradise, and "Jailhouse Rock" would probably grant dominion over lesser beasts. That said, it still strikes me as pretty strange that getting into Heaven involves a line and numbers being called out over an angelic PA. Of all the potential afterlives that would be structured along the same principles of the DMV, I never expected it would be the good one.
And then there's the crowd. I'm not going to lie, that one lady's lusty "look how he moves" and the guy's flat, defeated "no wonder women everywhere adore him" are pretty fantastic, but I don't think engaging in two of the Seven Deadly Sins is going to help their chances any. But even more than that is the fact that they are blown away by the fact that Elvis is among them.
On the one hand, I'd be pretty excited about seeing Elvis too, but on the other, I'm not standing about a hundred feet away from the literal pearly gates, beyond which God Himself, Creator of All That Is, Was and Shall Be is hanging out. No matter how good "Heartbreak Hotel" may be, I'd probably be a little more impressed by that.
That said, I totally love this thing. Forget about that super-hero book Lee's doing for Archie, I want him and Kang on an ongoing story of Elvis of the Seraphim, complete with a golden guitar, duking it out with the arch-demons of Hell in an effort to save the soul of rock 'n' roll. That is a comic I'd pay two hundred bucks for.