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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

origin of the Source Wall

We've established through a tight tradition that the point of Apologies Demanded, this blog, is not myself but my interests committed to a record.

One of the standard elements of the DC Universe's (or DC Comics') New Gods mythology is the "Source Wall"; where this artifact, item, idea, vision came from is a bit up in the air. While the idea is described by New Gods creator Jack Kirby, its visualization was not put into picture form until the 1980s, well after the initial iteration of the New Gods was published. Walt Simonson explains this 11-22-2006, 08:24 PM on the Comic Book Resources message board.
The Source Wall as it is currently understood visually in the DCU first appeared in the X/Titans crossover. Wikipedia notwithstanding, the Wall as such did not appear in Kirby's New Gods.What did appear was a four page introductory sequence in NEW GODS #5 in which Metron, using his Mobius Chair, explores the 'Final Barrier'. "And somewhere beyond--lies the Source: the greatest of mysteries." An additional description suggests that this is the Promethian Galaxy--a place of giants--where "all roads to the Source come to an end--". Visually, there's a double page shot of a giant strapped to an enormous piece of Kirby debris. There's another panel with a large head of a female who tried ot achieve "the maximum state". And failed. And, in the text, Metron notes that 'beyond all the knowledge and sweeping concept at our command, the mystery of the Source lies--serene---omnipotent--all-wise.'There is, however, no shot of a 'Source Wall' as such. No final visual barrier beyond which an entity may not venture. No wall full of entities who tried to breach the final barrier and failed and became subsumed within the Wall.Chris and I invented that notion--and its visualization--for the X/Titans book, clearly extrapolating from what Jack had done.The neatest part of the invention is that apparently, the notion of the Wall and its execution were such a perfect fit for the existing New Gods mythology that folks don't really remember exactly where it came from

:)Best/Walter
"Chris" is Chris Claremont, best known for introducing the "New X-Men", as he had wrote, plotted, and scripted Giant-Size X-Men #1 and was the plotter and scripter for the X-Men series, then called Uncanny X-Men, all the way from then until the early 1990s where... it's not important.The "X/Titans crossover" was the fifth collaboration between DC Comics and Marvel Comics (and I believe the last). It involved the Teen Titans and the X-Men combining to fight Deathstroke the Terminator, Darkseid, and the Dark Phoenix.

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