Giant hand in space

Nasa has discovered a giant hand crushing the stars out in space:

Red represents low-energy X-rays, the medium range is green, and the most energetic ones are colored blue. The blue hand-like structure was created by energy emanating from the nebula around they dying star PSR B1509-58. The red areas are from a neighboring gas cloud called RCW 89.


Subliterate Cinephile does the math, and finds the corresponding panel from, I believe, CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. Although the post blames Grant Morrison — just because it’s funnier — he actually didn’t come up with this one…it was Wolfman/Perez.

(Thanks to DWF and Franklin for emailing the link.)



  1. Ken Raining says:

    Actually, I think it was John Broom and Gil Kane in Green Lantern #40 that first introduced that concept. The panel is definitely from COIE, however.

  2. joecab says:

    Yes, Ken is correct.

    The fact that they pulled in such a cool moment from DC history into Crisis and made it so seminal tripled its coolness factor. Wasn’t the hand also used in an episode of Justice League?

  3. The JLA story you’re probably thinking about was #100, which brought back the Seven Soldiers of Victory.

  4. michael says:

    or…Dr. Manhattan? ;)

  5. joecab says:

    Chris: Actually I was referring to the cartoon, but now that you mention it that appearance in that issue of JLA sounds vaguely familiar.

  6. Hey, I put up a post about that yesterday, too! Took me forever to find a usable image from Crisis.

  7. Mitch says:

    looks like the hand of god himself to me…

  8. DCD,

    Ha! I also considered calling it a “swipe file”!

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