Does Everyone Have Heroes?

I confess I do hero worship fortunately that hero worship is aimed firmly at fictional characters my two favourites are Superman and Sherlock Holmes but I suppose I do have real life people who have (heavily?) influenced my tiny little existence.

The first of these is the comic book legend Jack Kirby. More than anyone his Marvel stories The Mighty Thor and especially the Fantastic Four forged my early years but it was his epic Fourth World stuff that really hooked me. I’ve always been fascinated with our myths, our notions that gods and demons manipulate and influence us petty little humans and with the Fourth World Kirby made an attempt to create a 20th century mythology that built on myths of times past and offered an interested party lots of new and funky ideas.

Kirby 1

During my search for the above image I discovered this:

Kirby 2

Yeah someone had a Mother Box tattooed onto their arm. AWESOME!

The second big influence on my life has been another comic book creator the Scottish fella Grant Morrison, his work on Flex Mentallo and The Invisibles blows my mind and his book SuperGods is my favourite book of all time.

David Icke is another big influence though many view him as a crackpot I like his ideas because they’re as big as Kirby’s and Grant Morrison’s but for real not for the purpose of comic book pop entertainment.

And finally there’s the late, and great, Bill Hicks a comedian who seemed, to me, more like a prophet especially with this quote from the funny man:

“The world is like a ride in an amusement park, and when you choose to go on it you think it’s real because that’s how powerful our minds are. The ride goes up and down, around and around, it has thrills and chills, and it’s very brightly colored, and it’s very loud, and it’s fun for a while. Many people have been on the ride a long time, and they begin to wonder, “Hey, is this real, or is this just a ride?” And other people have remembered, and they come back to us and say, “Hey, don’t worry; don’t be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride.” And we … kill those people. “Shut him up! I’ve got a lot invested in this ride, shut him up! Look at my furrows of worry, look at my big bank account, and my family. This has to be real.” It’s just a ride. But we always kill the good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok … But it doesn’t matter, because it’s just a ride. And we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings of money. Just a simple choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here’s what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace.”


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