One other thing that strikes me as I’m reading the original Kirby Fourth World is how *small* Darkseid is.
In the current DCU, it’s been established that Darkseid is actually many stories tall, and he’s the most physically imposing of the New Gods. He trades punches with Superman and Doomsday. He rarely uses his physical strength, for reasons that aren’t explained, preferring to rely on strategery.
But in the original Kirby stuff, he’s presented as much smaller. In most drawings, he’s not much bigger than Desaad. His helmet looks almost comically large on his head. He’s the master of the Omega Effect, “The Total Wipe-Out,” but other than that he’s not much of a combatant.
In September, Kevin Church showed us Darkseid being a dick to a girl at an amusement park.
Here, he sends a tornado to bust up Scott Free’s wedding, but he’s to late to stop it. Dustin Hoffman is a better villain!
Every time he confronts Orion, he runs.
Here he is, afraid of Mark Moonrider!
I know, Desaad! We were in danger! From Mark Moonrider!
Next time: Darkseid: Not so evil.