No.s 117 & 118 – And God Created Adam (and Richard)

Two for the price of one here: prog 596’s Zenith written by Grant Morrison MBE* and drawn by Steve Yeowell featuring Dr. Michael Peyne (left panel, top & left) and Scott Wallace (left panel, right) vs. firstly, Creazione di Adamo** [The Creation of Adam] (painted c. 1508–1512) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475–1564) (right panel, top), and secondly, Sir Richard Branson (right panel, bottom)

The hot air balloons on Wallace’s jumper are a dig at Branson’s several world record-breaking attempts to cross the Atlantic Ocean, including his first botched attempt by boat in 1985, resulting in the boat capsizing in British waters and a rescue by RAF helicopter, which received wide media coverage. In 1986 he beat the sailing record by two hours, and in 1987 he crossed the Atlantic by hot air balloon, and since then has frequently made frequent attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon.

*British chivalric order: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
**Michelangelo’s Creazione di Adamo and Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452–1519) Ultima Cena [The Last Supper] (1495–1498) and are the most replicated religious paintings of all time.

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