Jim Starlin

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As big as an elephant is, a whale is still larger. Everything's relative. Even gods have their spot on the food chain.

James P. "Jim" Starlin (born October 9 1949) is an American comic book writer and artist, who has worked for Marvel Comics, DC Comics and others since the early 1970s. He is best known for "cosmic" tales involving Captain Marvel, Adam Warlock, the Silver Surfer and his own creation, the villain Thanos.

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You'll find my power comes from within.... and is a force to be reckoned with.
  • Who would have thought that becoming God would be such a hollow victory.
    • Thanos, in The Thanos Quest (1990), Book 2
  • Naked power is seldom the answer to any problem. Surely you must know that even this group's combined might is nothing compared to the force Thanos wields. Only a richly complex and skillfully executed strategy will insure your survival. Time is short and I have such a plan.
    • Adam Warlock to Galactus, attempting to convince him to join with the heroes allied with him in his plans to defeat Thanos, in The Infinity Gauntlet (1991), Issue 3: Preparations for War.
  • We tried to do this the easy way — and we failed. Now begins the conflict I strove to avoid. It may well prove to be a battle the Universe cannot survive! Eternity, it is now your turn.
    • Adam Warlock, in The Infinity Gauntlet (1991), Issue 4 : Cosmic Battle on the Edge of the Universe
  • Adam Warlock, a being who wished nothing more than to spend the rest of his days within the peaceful environment of the Soul Gem. He now possesses the Infinite Power and the responsibility that goes with it. While I, whose entire life was dedicated to the pursuit of power, now find myself scraping out a living from the soil. Irony worthy of the drama.
    Yet strangely enough though, I envy not Adam Warlock.
    Somehow I feel, that in the long run, Thanos of Titan came out ahead in this particular deal.
    • Thanos, in The Infinity Gauntlet (1991), Issue 6 : The Final Confrontation
  • I've made more money in novels than I did in my entire career in comics. The few years I did novels, they paid off so well, I don't have to be a slave to doing comics. But I'd rather do comics than novels. If I wanted to do it just for the money, I'd run off and do another novel. I just don't have the juice for it. I'm really not interested in it. It's a love for what this medium is.
  • When I finished with Captain Marvel I had turned him from a warrior into a mystic. Adam Warlock was a mystical messiah. Where to go from there? Decided to reverse course and turn him into a suicidal paranoid/schizophrenic, which was the way I was feeling at the time. I’ve always used my work to examine what is currently going on in my own life. It’s cheaper than going to a shrink. The Death of Captain Marvel was a great way of working through my own father’s death.
    • Interview at Newsarama (15 July 2006)
  • I’m a firm believer that in-depth subjects can be better handled in a fantasy setting. ... Let’s face it, traveling to some far off land is a terrific way to break the mold, to do something different. Isn’t that why we go on vacations?

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