Saturday, March 08, 2014

365 Days of KirbyTech, Day 67: The Mandarin's Scanner

What's that, Jack? It's just called the Mandarin's Scanner? It's not called the Optic Tele-Scanner or the Visu-Largement Scanner or the Anti-Iron Man Scanner? You're letting us down in the clever double-barrelled technology names department, Jack! Of course, this story is pretty much one of Jack's final works for Marvel. So maybe he was saving all the good names for his Fourth World over at DC. Nevertheless, we present...The Mandarin's Scanner!

Panel from "Pawns of the Mandarin" in Amazing Adventures (1970 series) #3 (November 1970), script and pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Chic Stone, letters by Artie Simek

The Mandarin, long before he was Gandhi, has a flair for an quite the obsession with visual devices. Here's his big-screen TV, similar to the FF's famed giant viewscreen in the Baxter Building.

And his assistant, "Kid" Darkseid, also has one, which has all the trademarks of a piece of consumer electronics created by KirbyCo. Not shown: the slot you have to put mega-quarters into.

Supervillainy! It don't get nowhere without kickass viewing devices!

1 comment:

Blam said...

How to tell your Mandarins apart...

Comics Mandarin: "They are after my digging party!"
Movie Mandarin: "They are digging my after-party!"