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Ego The Living Planet

Marvel Unlimited Edition: Ego The Living Planet

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The Marvel Unlimited app is a gigantic, messy cache of awesome and terrible old comic books: a library of 13,000 or so back issues of Marvel titles, available on demand for subscribers with tablets or mobile phones. Like any good back-room longbox, it’s disorganized and riddled with gaps, but it’s also full of forgotten and overlooked jewels, as well as a few stone classics. In Marvel Unlimited Edition, Eisner-winning critic Douglas Wolk dives into the Unlimited archive to find its best, oddest and most intriguing comics.

Ego the Living Planet is one of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's trippier creations: introduced in 1966 in Thor #132, he is literally a planet who is also a dude. With a face. (His first appearance was one of the photo-collages that Kirby was occasionally doing in those days; the gaunt, bearded face that Kirby pasted onto a planet shape was significantly different from most of the characters he designed.) Understandably, it's a little bit hard to do much with a planet-sized character who has to interact with humans, but nearly every artist who's gotten to work with Ego over the years has clearly relished the chance to draw his massive, scowling visage.

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Hulk And The Agents Of S.M.A.S.H. Week 4: All About Ego [Interview]

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So far on Hulk And The Agents of S.M.A.S.H., we've seen the team fight a Negative Zone invasion, Hulk busting robots, and god-powerful aliens. But in last weekend's episode, that may have all been topped, as the crew took on Ego The Living Planet. We spoke to series supervising producer Cort Lane again to discuss the what it was like to design a living planet for animation, using villains as metaphors, and what lessons the show can teach kids.

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