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    Warlock #12, page 15. Words and pencils by Jim Starlin. Inks and colors by Steve Leialoha. Lettering by Tom Orzechowski.

    From Marvel Comics: The Untold Story:
    Roy Thomas had made the Warlock character a Christ
    figure; now Jim Starlin, the recovering Catholic, used him to deliver a critique of organized religion, as well as a protest against systemized stiflings of creative voices.

    Wandering space, Adam Warlock comes upon a “non-believer” who’s being pursued by armed soldiers; he tries to save her, but fails. Using the “dread power” of his mysterious Soul Gem, he revives her just long enough to learn that her killers were from the Universal Church of Truth, an iron-fisted group with intergalactic reach, led by a being called the Magus—who, Warlock is shocked to learn, is his own future self.

    As Warlock journeys to find the Magus, he gains unlikely allies (the foulmouthed troll Pip; the green-skinned, fishnet-wearing alien assassin Gamora) and several more enemies (including Captain Marvel’s old foe Thanos). But the greatest threat to his survival, and to his sanity, is the powerful crystal on his forehead—the vampiric Soul Gem—which, he slowly realizes, is thirstily absorbing the spirits of his enemies.

    Adam Warlock’s adventures were perfect vehicles for Starlin’s meditations on the price of power, and for the suspicions he harbored toward rigid institutionalism. Plotting, scripting, penciling, inking, and coloring, Starlin was, in a sense, the first auteur that Marvel had seen since Jim Steranko’s early carte blanche days.

    — 9 months ago with 148 notes
    #warlock  #jim starlin  #steve leialoha  #Tom Orzechowski  #roy thomas  #adam warlock  #magus  #gamora  #thanos  #soul gem  #jim steranko 
    A good week to visit the newsstand. 1972.

    A good week to visit the newsstand. 1972.

    — 1 year ago with 62 notes
    #house ad  #warlock  #Tomb of Dracula 
    (Panels from Strange Tales #180. Art and words by Jim Starlin; lettering by Tom Orzechowski.)"We got quite a few things through. I was able to establish inside the WARLOCK series that Pip eats nothing but shit. He not only ate shit, but he worshiped shit. One of his favorite things was coprolite, which was fossilized dinosaur crap. We got away with a lot of things like that. I started talking about certain bodily functions and they caught that." —Jim Starlin

    (Panels from Strange Tales #180. Art and words by Jim Starlin; lettering by Tom Orzechowski.)

    "We got quite a few things through. I was able to establish inside the WARLOCK series that Pip eats nothing but shit. He not only ate shit, but he worshiped shit. One of his favorite things was coprolite, which was fossilized dinosaur crap. We got away with a lot of things like that. I started talking about certain bodily functions and they caught that."

    —Jim Starlin

    — 1 year ago with 29 notes
    #Warlock  #Pip  #Jim Starlin  #Strange Tales  #Tom Orzechowski