This Kanye/Jack Kirby Mash Up Video Makes the Most Sense

07/13/2012 1:45 PM |

Cruel Summer, the upcoming record from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, is a sure bet to dominate the late-summer roof party scene after it’s dropped in the first week of August. But, as it turns out, there is a much better visual backdrop for new ‘Ye jams than sunset over the skyline. Posted this afternoon over at Spin was the video above, which matches the previously leaked, Pusha-T showcase “New God Flow” with Jack Kirby’s insane, Shakespearean space comic-book from the 70s, The New Gods. Kirby, who created The X-Men, The Avengers, and The Fantastic Four among others with Stan Lee in the 60s for Marvel, but didn’t live long enough to get his round of goofy cameos in huge blockbuster films, created The New Gods later for their rivals DC. It was arguably his trippy magnum opus.

While the inspiration for the video’s pairing is pretty easy to pinpoint, it’s a better than convenient match. The outsized Pop Art nuttiness of Kirby’s drawings would surely appeal to any art lover with an oversized opinion of his own heroism. But, prominently featured in the clip is “The Black Racer” (all black super heroes had “black” in front of their name for a while there, sigh) an inner-city veteran turned heroic avatar of death, who is perhaps the most Kanye super hero possible. The guy’s powers derive from jetting around the sky on a (presumably designer) set of alien skis! Comfort, luxury, and flash, all wrapped around a nihilistic core! And every super hero needs his theme music…