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COMIC LEGEND: Jack Kirby changed his ending to his Fourth World Saga after seeing Return of the Jedi.
STATUS: I’m Going With True
Last month, I wrote about how Jack Kirby originally intended to finish his Fourth World Saga with both Darkseid and Orion dead but then DC essentially told him that he could not do that.
However, as it turns out, that rejected ending was not even Kirby’s FIRST idea for the ending of his Fourth World Saga!
Many comic book fans over the years have compared Kirby’s New Gods to George Lucas’ Star Wars, mostly over the concept of the “Source” in New Gods as compared to the “Force” in the Star Wars Universe and the similar relationship that Darkseid and his son Orion have with Darth Vader and his son, Luke Skywalker.
Plus Desaad and Emperor Palpatine look sort of alike.
I personally think the similarities are overblown, but apparently Kirby himself was paying enough attention to them that they helped influence his ending for the Fourth World Saga.
For a few years, Kirby had been talking about how the ending for the Fourth World Saga would include a major surprise. However, according to Ronin Ro’s Tales to Astonish: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution:
He hoped to include a big surprise but changed direction after the third Star Wars film – George Lucas’s effects-filled spectacular Return of the Jedi – ended with Darth Vader switching sides and helping his son, Luke, destroy the wicked, wrinkled, red-eyed emperor.
I don’t know what Kirby’s original ending would have been, but I suspect that Ro is implying that it would have ended with Darkseid redeeming himself. I don’t know for sure, though.
And as noted before, the revised ending was ALSO rejected, so we eventually ended up with what saw print as the Hunger Dogs.
Thanks to my pal Dan Larkin for suggesting this one! And thanks to Ronin Ro for the information!
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