Sad to say my Grandmother passed away yesterday. She was born 4 years after Jack in 1921. She had a great life. I thought I’d post these last 3 pages from Jack’s 2001: A Space Odyssey comic # 7 (Jun 1977) in her honor where Jack gives you a pretty optimistic look at regeneration and cosmic transformation. I probably read my stack of Kirby 2001 comics sitting on my Grandparents’ couch back in the 70s.
The concept of planting the cosmic seed in the oceans of a lifeless planet is similar to the plot element of the Genesis Device in the second Star Trek film. I assume this motif must appear in other science-fiction material that predates Jack’s use of the theme, but certainly Kirby’s work may have been an influence on the Star Trek filmmakers.
The genesis effect from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: