|Double page spread from Jack Kirby's The Demon|
a) 27th April 2016.
I come across to the Monsterbrains blog and I suddenly notice some interesting image from Jack Kirby's comic book The Demon from 1972-73. It seemed like a good idea because I recall his interesting images from "The Eternals" of the inside of a tomb like environment featuring a drawing of a giant statue sitting in a giant vehicle as a statue. I see a painting of a huge ancient idol that reminds me of Giger's paintings because of its oddity and geometry and suddenly think, well this is something that Giger ought to have turned into a biomechanic painting such as his temple environments. I suddenly wonder what could have been turned into what. The central details from the illustration reminded me of the legs of the crouched women held in the air in Giger's Passage Temple The Way of the Magician, but reversed and from there details began to unfold. Based on this I realise that images have been spread across the Passage Temple paintings, Life, Death and The Way of the Magician although the way that Giger may have looked at something and had an idea based on it may result in an image with only the slightest suggestion of a connection with the source image. Perhaps other works of art have been additional inspiration for this particular series of Giger paintings as has been the case with his work in general and I am yet to work them out.
b) Passage Temple Life
The wall that serves as a monorail has a break in the center which opens up to show a zip and a penis filled with babies. It becomes reminiscent of the horned head of the idol shown in The Demon by Jack Kirby, with a divide in the centre of the wide horns and a generalised phallic shape sticking out of the top of it. Perhaps the legs of the woman have something to do with the diagonal claw shapes entangled with the horns
|Passage Temple Life (1975)|
|Giger's Passage Temple Life and detail from sculpture in the from The Demon.|
|Detail from from sculpture in the pages in Jack Kirby's The Demon|
c) Passage Temple Death
|Passage Temple Death (1975)|
|Hanging puppets in The Demon and strange Siamese twin mutant|
Giger's from Passage Temple Death. Perhaps even a tendril from a
nearby speech bubble has been incorporated into the image.
d) Passage Temple The Way of the Magician
|Passage Temple The Way of the Magician (1975)|
|Detail from sculpture in The Demon and throne from Passage Temple|
The Way of the Magician
|Giger's Passage Temple Way of the Magician and detail from sculpture|
in the Jack Kirby's The Demon
|Detail of woman Giger's Passage Temple The Way of the Magician and|
details either side from a sculpture in the Jack Kirby's The Demon. The
last imageshown here is upside down.
|Feet like spiked shapes in Giger's Passage Temple |
The Way of the Magician either side of the throne and the feet
like shapes in the illustration from Jack Kirby's The Demon
Head and cape from Jack Kirby's The demon and Giger's Passage
Temple Way of the Magician