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  • Black Fist, the character appearing with Legacy on "Hall of the Terminarch" is the original incarnation of the hero that later became Mr. Fixer. The scene shown was a rare appearance of both of them in the same story - it was much more common for Black Fist to be in his own stand-alone story in the back pages of Justice Comics (Letters Page 10).

Confirmed

  • In Episode 24 of the Letters Page, Christopher and Adam indicated that Jansa is pronounced "YAHN-sah".

To Other Works

  • The back art for the Enclave of Endings deck is textured with Ben-day dots. “Ben-day” was a type of color printing process that was used in the comics of the 1950’s and 1960’s. It made use of the overlapping of small colored dots that combined two or more of four basic colors, specifically cyan, magenta, black, and yellow. When combined, a variety of different colors and shades could be easily arranged to provide basic coloration for pictures. Ben-day coloration was serviceable but also very imprecise; colors would often wash out beyond their respective shapes, especially if they were small in size. It was supplanted by superior methods in the 1970s.
  • The exclamatory word balloon on the back art of the Enclave of Endings deck is a common comic book trope. Off-screen characters dynamically introduce a specific locale through such exclamations. Usually they will build up to the name of the locale with some basic exposition, trail off their sentence with “…”, and then continue with a preceding “…” onto the name on the next panel, which will typically show the locale in large scale. While not as popular in modern comics, the trope was used quite often in silver-age publications.
  • All the art of the Enclave of Endings deck is drawn to stylistically emulate legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby. The exaggerated, line-ridden shapes and circle designs interconnected by zig-zagging lines are all staples of Kirby’s work. The minimal variances in color emulate the comic art of the silver age, which was limited by printing constraints. Some of Kirby’s best known work hails from the silver age. To push the homage even further, Kirby was known for his love of drawing bizarre and fantastical monsters; all the aliens of The Enclave of Endings are some manner of monster.
  • The artwork of many Enclave of Endling card (most prominently Venox, the Last Mubbloxian) are covered in black dots which coalesce into various cloud-like shapes. These are known by comic fans and artists as "Kirby Dots", a famous visual signature of Jack Kirby’s artwork.
  • Phrentat, the Last Piunite, bears a strong resemblance to the Marvel villain M.O.D.O.K.
  • Immutus, the Last Fortian, is nearly identical to a Celestial, one of the god-like aliens who strongly influenced the ancient Marvel Universe.
  • As a world populated by the last individuals of various alien species, the Enclave of Endlings draws to mind the Marvel comics character The Collector. The Collector's obsession was collecting the last and rarest of everything, including living creatures.
  • Orbo, the Last Satellan, is a living creature shaped like a planet. As such, he draws comparisons to the antisocial sentient planet Mogo of DC fame, as well as the Marvel character Ego the Living Planet.
  • Urdid, The Last Nordid’s armor, weapon, and combative nature suggest a connection with Kaagra Warfang.

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