In 1972 NASA launched the "Jupiter Plaque", an engraved tablet depicting life on Earth and our location in the cosmos, for any intelligent life that may come across it.

The Los Angles Times asked several prominent artists to draw what they would have put on the plaque and why. To the surprise of everyone, Kirby the futurist and visionary drew two superbeings, a man and a woman, that would scare away potential conquerors. Suggesting to intelligent life that everyone on Earth are Supermen.

This was his explanation:

"I see no wisdom in the eagerness to be found and approached by any intelligence with the ability to accomplish it from any sector of space. In the meetings between ‘discoverers’ and ‘discoverees’, history has always given the advantage to the finders. In the case of the Jupiter Plaque, I feel that a tremendous issue was thoughtlessly taken out of the world forum by a few individuals who have marked a clear trail to our door. My point is who will come-a-knocking, the trader or the tiger?"

By Jack Kirby (pencils/colors) & Mike Royer (inks)

The Avengers has already grossed over SIX HUNDRED MILLION BUCKS!  When you go see it, why not take a portion of your ticket price and help us open a pop-up Jack Kirby gallery in the neighborhood where he was born? 

You can read our detailed appeal for funding here. 

We’ve got plenty of original Jack artwork to hang on the walls, not to mention other artifacts from Jack’s life. The more money we raise now, the more we can do, and the longer we’ll be able to keep the doors open! We’d like to be more than just a gallery, though. We’ll have lectures from comics pros, host or sponsor art lessons for kids, and work with other local NYC historical organizations to educate folks about what it was like growing up in Jack’s neighborhood during the depression.

We’ve been fundraising for the gallery since September, but we haven’t yet reached our goal. We’ve got a few announcements to make in the coming months that should help us get there, and with any luck, and if folks help us get the word out, we’ll be open by the end of the year. Every little bit helps, and if you can’t donate, please help us spread the word!

By the way, how cool is this Jack self-portrait? My reliable sources tell me it was inked by Mike Royer and colored by Tom Ziuko! I believe this version of it appeared in the Jack Kirby Collector around 1997…

History of the DC Universe Poster by Jim Mooney, Jim Aparo, Steve Bissette, John Totleben, Denys Cowan, P. Craig Russell, Mart Nodell, Joe Staton, Dave Stevens, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jack Kirby, Mike Royer, Keith Giffen, Bret Blevins, Al Williamson, Michael Kaluta, Gene Colan, Steve Lightle, Brian Bolland, Michael T. Gilbert, Jim Starlin, Joe Kubert, Arthur Adams, Walter Simonson, Paul Norris, Mike Grell, Mary Wilshire, Andy Kubert, Gil Kane, Kurt Schaffenberger, Bob Kane, Curt Swan, George Pérez, Howard Chaykin, Jan Duursema, Carmine Infantino, Jim Steranko, Gray Morrow, Neal Adams, Murphy Anderson, Dave Gibbons, Gilbert Hernandez, Dan Spiegle, Frank Thorne, Ramona Fradon, Matt Wagner, Ernie Colon, Irwin Hasen, Joe Orlando, Pat Broderick, Jamie Hernandez, Steve Rude, Frank McLaughlin, and Dick Giordano