Read this article, it’ll blow your mind:
Otto Binder, one of the guiding forces behind Captain Marvel and a lot of the cool stuff in Superman wrote an article that seems to have all the ingredients of the X-Men.
This was in the April issue of Wired so there’s a chance it might be an April Fool’s joke. If it’s real, this seems like a big find.
Update: via the Jack Kirby yahoo group, Kurt Busiek pointed out some old sci-fi pulps that seem to be the common sources for both the Binder article and the X-Men: ODD JOHN by Olaf Stapledon, SLAN by A.E. van Vogt, CHILDREN OF THE ATOM by Wilmar Shiras, and MUTANT by Henry Kuttner/ Lewis Padgett.
Okay, so Kirby drew the Kree Supreme Intelligence once and never again. Here’s what it looked like:
When other artists picked up what Kirby created they interpreted this as a giant floating disembodied alien head:
But looking at Kirby’s original drawing, it looks to me that within all that crackling energy, there’s the suggestion of a slug-like, worm-like body. Something akin to God Emperor of Dune. Here’s what I imagine it would look like:
The added tendrils are optional. One last bit of speculation: just like Captain Marvel was a Kree version of Fawcett’s Captain Marvel, I wonder if The Supreme Intelligence was a Kirby-ized version of the Shazam villain, Mr. Mind. It would seem natural for Kirby to introduce an imposing character like this, who the heroes later discover is a tiny tyrant, similar to what Kirby did later on with Overlord in Mister Miracle #2.
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