Royal Chambers of Brahma
Many of the pieces in comic book artist Jack Kirby and Barry Geller’s collaboration “Lord of Light” have never been seen before. Originally done in black and white, the artwork was recently vividly colorized by artist, Mark Englert.
Chambers of Brahama
The series itself has a rather fascinating history. In 1979, Kirby created artwork based on Roger Zelazny’s sci-fi novel, Lord of Light for Barry Geller. Geller was writing a screenplay based on Lord of Light and tapped Kirby with the job of pulling together the set designs for a theme park that sadly never saw the light of day called “Science Fiction Land.” The film adaptation of Lord of Light was also canned.
Science Fiction Land
Despite these two failures, Kirby’s creations went on to be used as props in the CIA’s infamous “Canadian Caper” (depicted in the 2012 film, Argo), in which six American diplomats were able to escape Iran during the onset of the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979 under the guise of a faux film project. It’s fascinating stuff. Now, much to the delight of Kirby devotees, the famed concept artwork for Lord of Light has taken on a new, trippy life thanks to Mark Englert’s masterful colorization that were done on of all things, blacklight screenprints. If these images don’t take you right back to 1983 (or before for that matter), I simply don’t know what will.
The prints were made available exclusively for the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con (which kicks off today) by way of Heavy Metal Magazines’ booth (#1529) for $210 each to attendees who pre-ordered them. Sadly, all the prints appear to already be sold out. The colorized prints will also be featured in Heavy Metal Magazine #276 (out on shelves on August 19th). More images of Kirby and Geller’s super psychedelic screenprints follow. LSD not included (but trust me, you won’t need it).
Planetary Control Room one
Planetary Control Room two
Jet Tube Transporter
Plenty more after the jump…