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Not an ad. This image is from the 1981 SDCC program guide. Back then, artists who weren’t going to make it out to the show would often do a piece of art and send it in their stead. These days most of the artwork in the program guide is submitted by amateurs or guys still trying to break in, but in the early years of the con the program guides were filled with a real Who’s Who of talent.
I love the way Gerads portrays Barda's size.I'm right there with you. I think Barda was in some ways a projection of how he saw Roz, his wife. Not in terms of Barda’s size, but as a fortress of strength he could always rely on. But I may be reading too much into it. Regardless, yeah, Gerads does a really nice job with her, keeping her proportions looking natural rather than freakish.
In the case of Scott, there would really be no difference in his “nurturing” winning out and the Anti-Life Equation winning out. The results would be exactly the same: Scott becomes a loyal, obedient, unquestioning slave of Darkseid’s will. Granny’s training was the closest substitute Darkseid had for the Anti-Life Equation at the time Scott was raised on Apokolips.So then, what if this is a story about Scott's "nurturing" winning out?Another observation.I see Kirby’s Orion as a case study in Nature versus Nurture. Orion was always at war with himself, but his nurturing always won out in the end.
Under Orion's leadership, New Genesis might as well be Apokolips.