Anizaar, that’s who!
If one were to give pause and credence to the thought that certain people, throughout history, have experienced glimpses of the Abyss and the true essence of the mysteries, a case can be made that these individuals in turn provided these “truths” to the rest of us by relaying their experiences in art, music, literature, and film/television. On an upcoming interview I was fortunate to record with Crrow777, I make mention of people who I think are in some way “in the know” such as Pythagoras, Jack Parsons, John Keel, and Jacques Vallee. I have also noted the works of Carl Jung and David Bowie as possible glimpses into the unknown. Another body of work I would like to begin to include, where possible, is the work of the comic book legend, Jack Kirby.
A very good biography of Jack Kirby can be found here; what I find interesting with Kirby is the idea that he was possibly an “experiencer”, much in the same way as people believed John Keel, Jung, and Philip K. Dick experienced and caught glimpses of the unknown. Christopher Knowles’ book Our Gods Wear Spandex is a wonderful place to begin in order to get the sense that Kirby was in some way, shape, or form a 20th century mystic (I highly recommend it to everyone with an interest in comic book mythology). In turn, his experiences were translated into the characters and story lines of his work.
Race to the Moon
I purchased a copy of this set of comics as an e-book this past weekend; much like other authors I want to explore and summarize and attempt to correlate to other themes of cosmology, ancient civilizations, and mythology, the hope is to continue to read Kirby’s material. Race to the Moon seemed as good as any place to start with, and found one story extremely interesting in context to the thought that the nature of our reality is unique only to the internal boundaries of our solar system.
Garden of Eden
The premise is fairly simple; a three person astronaut/space scout team is sent past the boundary of the Solar System in search of other star systems. The first planet they encounter is that of a planet resembling the Garden of Eden, wherein the astronauts land and encounter a beautiful blonde woman. The woman’s name is Anizaar. She is able to read the minds of the human explorers, and in turn, she is able to speak the language of the space explorers. Being of obvious supernatural and psychical in nature, the Captain of the expedition is immediately skeptical of the woman and her agenda.
The rest of the crew, however, is most happy to have found the planet, and enjoy the hospitality that the planet offers.
Over the course of the next few days, two of the three astronauts continue to enjoy the planet and the planet’s apparent beauty. They revel in the food, hospitality, and leisure provided by Anizaar and her planet. Apparently the rest of the Earth space convoy is two months behind the scout trip, and the two astronauts are more than happy to enjoy the bounty of the planet until the research rockets show up and take over.
Once the captain begins to question the existence and motives that surrounds him and his crew, he requests that astronauts prepare for departure. It is at that time the true essence of Anizaar begins to show itself, and creates a deadly environment of which the scout team must escape.
Quickly, the planet changes and forces the crew to run for their lives. The planet is no longer happy that the men from the “the Great Darkness” are no longer willing to stay on the planet. Over the next few panels of the comic story line, images of the planet morphing into dangerous threats highlight the sense of rage that Anizaar carries.
Having barely avoided the planet’s violent turn of behavior, the astronauts make it safely back to the confines of their ship, and escape from the wrath of Anizaar; in turn, they retreat to the safety of outer space.
Don’t Go Beyond the Solar System
At a very basic level, the story appears to be an allegory for nature and humanity. Nature isn’t necessarily friendly to humanity; it has to be shaped and molded by men and women in order for survival. In the case of the planet Anizaar, the captain of the crew suspected a malignant agenda from the god Anizaar as he mentions that “nature wanted to please us, and that isn’t nature’s way!” One could argue here that Kirby is implying that the planet was reversing the relationship of humanity over nature; nature was studying human beings for its own curiosity and agenda. Yet humanity outsmarted nature once again, escaped its perils, and realized that in the future, humanity will be victorious (the story ends with the statement “when the research boys hear about this, Anizaar will have more company than he can handle”). The implication is that humanity will once again rule supreme, Anizaar or otherwise, as we move further into the stars.
Personally, I found a second layer of symbolism in the this short piece of science fiction. To begin with, I read this story immediately after I had posted the concept of a closed system / closed solar system embedded in the work alleged work of Hatybov. The Hatybov material explicitly states that our reality is dictated by a unique program’s information exchange confined to the boundaries of our Solar System. Our reality is explicit to us; anything that lies beyond our system of information is implied to be run by some completely different program and exchange of information. In this case, Anizaar is the different program that lies outside of the Solar System, but it modifies its reality to be consistent with a human being’s observation and expectation. Its ability to be a planet that is alive is ultimately the program attempting to modify its data output and data manipulation to create a world that pleases a new life form (ie earthlings).
What I also find interesting is this character’s passage is mention of “first living creatures to ever come from the Great Darkness.” Is Kirby implying some mystical knowledge that humans are born of the Demiurge and trapped by its constraints? Is Kirby implying possibly that our Solar System is a closed loop or closed system, wherein we are non visible to any form of intelligence that lies outside of the Solar System? The idea of humans being trapped to the “Great Darkness” implies that we are possibly completely unseen and disregarded by the greater Universe (whatever that may be). That statement is a fascinating piece of dialogue that is tucked away into this short story.
There appears to be a Gnostic sensibility to material. One could argue that the Archons that dictate our existence and materialization of matter are unique to us. Anizaar, however, is not an Archon belonging to our system. Anizaar lies beyond our system of reality, and upon encountering humans for the first time, generated a program through the form of a planet and ecosystem that was idealistic to human perception. Upon the captain’s realization that Anizaar and the planet was false and a fabrication, the Archon begins to show itself in its true form. Information as matter manifestation becomes violent and aggressive to the astronauts; fortunately, the astronauts are able to barely escape, and flee to the safety of outer space.
The Great Darkness and More
Moving forward, I do plan to continue to read more of Kirby’s work, as it appears to be somewhat timely with a planned series of Detective Comic films that will ultimately tie into the Jack Kirby universe. And as time permits, I look forward to presenting some thoughts on his work. My hope is that more gems such as the idea of humans originating from the Great Darkness show up in Kirby’s later work. More references, hopefully, will perhaps compile to a philosophy that attempts to explain the world to which we belong to. And if Kirby did indeed have views into the Abyss, such a philosophy will no doubt be fantastic to work through.