Hey! Actual Comics Content!
I know it's been a long time since I've actually written about anything comics-related...sorry about that.
Anyway, this is just something I've had kicking around in my head for a while, but I'm only just now getting around to putting it down in words.
Ever since the 1970s, when a new generation of comics writers began dealing with more cerebral and politically aware ideas than had previously been seen in comics, couching their commentary in spacefaring sagas or mystical realms, there's been a tendency to lump all the "cosmic" writers together, as if they were interchangeable. ("Oh, he's a cosmic writer, let's put him on this title.") But it's just not so. Steve Englehart Cosmic is different from Don McGregor Cosmic, Doug Moench Cosmic is different from Jim Starlin Cosmic, and Steve Gerber Cosmic is different from everybody else. (Indeed, Gerber's "Space Turnip" story from Howard the Duck #2 is a pretty scathing attack on McGregor and Starlin.)
And, as Death of the New Gods has demonstrated, Starlin Cosmic is diametrically opposed to Kirby Kosmic.