a) Kirby's Space Capsule configuration based on an earlier one he did?
Kirby drew a capsule for £3 of his 1975 comic Omac, but he used that general configuration for his space vehicle in The Eternals.
|chapter 3 of Omac, #3, April 1975|
|Double page spread The Eternals #1, July 1976|
b) Space vehicle statue references Pakal Votan Tomb lid
This would have been a general starting point, inspired by Von Daniken's work, the relief on a Mayan Tomb Lid, thought by Eric Von Daniken to represent a extra-terrestrial king who flew a rocket
c) Referencing his 1957 comic book story "The Great Stone Face"
However this presence of a huge giant statue in a spacecraft also goes back to his 1957 story of an ancient giant astronaut sitting at the controls of control room, in suspended animation with his heart beating once every thousand years. Which is quite incredible in the way the idea came back long before Von Daniken started writing his books of ideas about ancient astronauts
See: "The Great Stone Face"
d) Space vehicle statue references Necronom III?
Necronom III contains a humanoid inside a gunner pod that's part of a giant head. In Kirby's drawing, it becomes stretched to the general configuration of his rocket vehicle from Omac. The mouth becomes filled with an object. The ribbing on the nasal ridge becomes a ribbed fin above the canopy.
See also: Necronom III for a break down of Giger's painting.
|Necronom III a|
|Necronom III and the space vehicle statue illustration|
e) Head of Pakal Votan
It seems fairly obvious that the head is inspired by the face of Pakal Votan from the tomb lid with the device extruding from the front of the forehead
|First page from The Eternals #1|
|illustration of Pakal Votan's face from the tomb lid design.|
f) Head design of the statue of the pilot references Necronom I?
Pushing for a Giger painting that might have referenced even if there was none. A candidate would be Necronom I . The clawed spikes at the side of the head become shortened and merged with the shape of the pointed ear and become helmet decorations at the back of the pilots had. The ridges running along below the side of the jaw become shortened. The ribbing beneath the cheekbones is something to also acknowledge. The tongue becomes a pipe. However there is not much to base a firm view upon.
|Necronom I and head of giant pilot|