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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No. 116 – The Great Old Ones

Right panel: The Great Old Ones by Richard Luong

Prog 547’s Zenith, written by Grant Morrison MBE[1] and drawn by Steve Yeowell, featuring Iok Sotot (aka Eater of Souls/Great Old One/Dark God/Many-Angled One) v Yog-Sothoth[2] (aka Great Old One/Many-Angled One/), a member of the fictional Lloigor race from H.P. Lovecraft’s (1890–1937) Cthulhu Mythos [not necessarily this particular image]

Although another Great Old One, Hastur[3], is named in the series by the same guy, the beastie pictured here (left panel) isn’t, due to the fact that: “… Its name can’t be spoken… it’s a wavelength of 430 nanometres…” – Peter St. John (aka Mandala), although we are at some point informed that it is in fact Sotot.

  1. British chivalric order: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
  2. Morrison was referring to The Illuminatus! Trilogy (Dell Publishing, 1975), a series of three novels written by Robert Shea (1933–1994) and Robert Anton Wilson (1932–2007) containing elements of Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos
  3. Shub-Niggurath is mentioned in the same breath as Hastur but technically he’s an Outer God, and perhaps therefore in this instance his name can be physically spoken

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No. 80 – Zenith

Right panel photo ©kenrockwell.com

Prog 590’s (1988) Zenith cover [specifically the “Z” logo] by Steve Yeowell (written by Grant Morrison MBE*) vs. Zenith Electronics LLC logo

Rick Astley performs Never Gonna Give You Up (RCA, 1987)

Zenith Electronics LLC invented subscription television and the modern remote control, and was the first to develop high-definition television (HDTV) in North America. LG Electronics [formerly Lucky-Goldstar Electronics] acquired a controlling share of Zenith in 1995 and it became a wholly owned subsidiary in 1999.

The pose adopted by Zenith [“real” name: Robert McDowell] wearing this jacket may be a nod to George Michael’s [real name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (1963–2016)] video for Faith (Columbia Records, 1987), from his debut solo album of the same name; while Zenith’s quiff and general demeanor may also owe a little something to English singer/songwriter Rick Astley.

*British chivalric order: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

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