It’s been to my surprise that unless you’re an avid Marvel nut, you may not actually know the background of the Infinity Gauntlet, how it came to be, and how Thanos was able to possess it. Interestingly enough, the first mention of an Infinity gem, yes back then they were not referred to as “Infinity stones”, but “gems”, which actually sounds better if you ask me, came from Marvel Premiere #1 in 1972, a key book featuring the first appearance of Him as Adam Warlock. This key issue also features the first glimpse and mention of the soul gem on the final page, which is the first time an infinity stone appears in the Marvel universe of comics. Essentially the High Evolutionary had recovered the cocoon of Him and was taking care of it until its inhabitant would emerge again in a new form. When Him was reborn, High Evolutionary re-christened him as Adam Warlock, gave him the Soul Gem (which he had obtained by unrevealed circumstances), and enlisted him to protect Counter-Earth from Man-Beast and his evil New Men. Now let's fast forward roughly a year later to May, 1973...
Thanos' first appearance was in Iron Man #55 a few months earlier, but he was more in robot form and it seemed to be a one off issue. There are many arguments out there that has challenged many people with Thanos' first real appearance. Yes, he appeared as robot in Iron Man 55. Technically, that is his birth and first appearance as a character, regardless of whether he was an organic being or a robot being.
It wasn't until Jim Starlin took over the plot duties along with the art in Captain Marvel #26 where he fully reveals the villain is his organic form as we know him today. Here the magic really happens and is considered by many historians as the Apex of the Marvel cosmos for both writing and art....
As you can see from the cover, Thanos is in the shadows in the building above, as he is off and on much of this issue. He's not truly shown until the end scene of this issue where he declares himself "Thanos, King of Titan-- and shortly, Emperor of the Universe!"
The Thing has an interesting role, though I suspect he was added for sales reasons being one of the most popular characters at that time. This is truly where it all began...
The Thanos Saga Begins Here!.... Thanos' plot to destroy Captain Mar-Vell and his counterpart, Rick Jones, begins with this scene from Captain Marvel #26. In this page Lou-Ann (RIck Jone's girlfriend) who's controlled by Thanos and the Skrull's with her every move, has now set the trap for Marv-vell/Rick to go to Thanos' hideout. As Rick Jone's smashes the door down, the last text panel adds "But Two Flights Upstairs--", and the very next panel shows Thanos in the shadows and the Skrulls watching him enter. A key page in the beginning of the 'Thanos Saga', as we'll soon find out who this mysterious being is in which Thanos is revealed in his organic form for the first time at the end! Keep in mind there is only 20 pages in this key book, and Thanos is weaving an intricate web of twists and turns to plot against Mar-vell, or so we thought, only to find out the one he really wants is RIck Jones who carries the answers to where the Cosmic Cube is! (Spoiler Alert!)
This magical and magnificent Marvel masterpiece is also pencilled by Starlin and inked by Dave Cockrum, which is the only issue he inked during the run. The Captain Marvel vs. Thanos storyline proceeds until issue #34 and many consider it the greatest of Starlin's cosmic stories. Keep in mind there is only 20 pages in this key book, and Thanos is weaving an intricate web of twists and turns to plot against Mar-vell, or so we thought, only to find out the one he really wants is RIck Jones who carries the answers to where the Cosmic Cube is! (Spoiler Alert!) In this case the Cosmic Cube carries the power for Thanos to take over the Universe, very similar to what we'll witness in the coming decades with the Infinity gems, but we'll get into that later.
The overall page size is 10.5" x 15.75" with an image area of 10" x 15". The art is tremendous, with Starlin's blue line pencilling showing through. With the exception of tape staining along all four edges, the work is impeccable. Signed by Jim Starlin at the bottom left in between numerous plot notes presumably by Starlin himself.
As you can see Jim Starlin's original 'Thanos Saga' ran in various Marvel titles from the introduction of the Mad Titan in 1973's Iron Man #55 through his apparent demise and death in 1977's Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2. Starlin both wrote and illustrated this all-time classic saga which primarily took place in the series featuring Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell of the Kree) and the cult-classic hero, Adam Warlock. And then there was the Infamous Death of Captain Marvel...
Captain Mar-vell dies in what's perhaps the most poignant book in comic history, Marvel's first graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. Sadly enough Mar-vell is not killed in battle by Thanos, but from cancer. There was however a silver lining to the end of the story, Mar-vell's nemesis Thanos, now dead (as mentioned above) shows up at the end, battles him for old time sake and welcomes him to the after-life. Since then, Marvel has kept Captain Mar-vell dead now for over 40+ years and it was unheard of for a cosmic super-hero like Mar-vell to die, especially from something so relatable to us as human beings, a disease like cancer. Starlin's own story hits home for the title as he wrote the novel based on the loss of his own father from cancer pouring everything he had into the art and story. It still remains one of the all time classic stories of our time, and Starlin's both writing and drawing Marv-vell at the end was only fitting.
The roots of the "Death of Captain Marvel" began two decades before Jim Starlin produced this cover. In Captain Marvel #34 (1974), Starlin ended his brief but highly memorable run on the title that began with #25 by exposing Mar-Vell to a nerve gas called Compound 13 while fighting the villain Nitro. The nerve gas initially caused Mar-Vell to collapse. While he appeared to recover, we learn in "The Death of Captain Marvel" that the nerve gas gave Mar-Vell cancer, which eight years later led to his tragic demise.
(Image left, is the TPB "1st Edition" cover to The Death of Captain Marvel pencils and inks by Jim Starlin, a true masterpiece of original art. The original cover, which was an homage to Michaelangelo's "Pietra", (also a masterpiece of art), depicted Death holding Mar-vell, but the 10 heroes shown in the background are in their mightiest form; Thor's hammer out, Hulk's ready to smash, Cap's shield out, etc. It's said that Starlin created this alternate cover (image left) to show the same A-List heroes, with the exception of swapping Colassus for his creation Drax (more fitting), for us to witness an entirely different scene, and feel each hero's heartache and their grief by his side as he passes to the afterlife.
Other than the original cover image and a reprint of Captain Marvel #34, which we mentioned above, this art was the only original alternate cover used for the title. SInce then, this alternate cover has been used in nearly every reprint for the title, whether it was The Life & Death of Captain Marvel Ultimate Edition as the cover in 2019 or the "End Page" to the most recent Death of Captain Marvel HC Gallery Edition, in what we've counted it's been used in at least 6 different editions over the last 30 years. In a lot of ways it's now a cover that's almost synonymous with the original cover from 1982. A truly stunning cover that is held dearly in our personal collection.
It wouldn't be until 1990 that Thanos was brought back to life, as first seen in the pages of Silver Surfer #34 (2/90, below) written by Starlin but this time illustrated by Ron Lim...
Now let’s fast forward to 1990, The issue that started it all and paved the way for the Infinity Gauntlet series. This issue also marks the beginning of Jim Starlin’s Silver Surfer story arc, Thanos’ resurrection and the first Jim Starlin/Ron Lim creative work! Labeled on the cover as “The 1st Issue of a New Era of Greatness!”…
The Story “Even Demi-Gods Must Dream”- The Silver Surfer has arrived on a seemingly deserted planet. He appears to fall asleep and begins to dream. In his dream he see’s two little demons carrying a chest to Lady Death. She opens the chest and retrieves a soul, all the while complaining about a serious in-balance in the universe. After a couple more skirmishes with a planet full of aliens and a baby turned demon he has to kill, he wakes up and the planet is empty once more. What a nightmare!
Now to our original art page 21- He believes this was all a dream, and talks to himself about what dreams mean and his existence. He hears a voice suggesting that his dream was a premonition. The nightmare has just begun… In this key page by Ron Lim with Surfer in every panel, and great dialogue by Starlin, he questions whether this was all a dream or something more? He begins to reflect on his life and existence as a human underneath the silver shell. “So The question still remains… What was that dream all about?” Surfer says. The last panel a voice says “Perhaps it was a Premonition.” Surfer responds “Who?” And looks to see who it is. The last panel of this page is the first dialogue of Thanos in physical form to Surfer, and this premonition would start his quest for the infinity stones and wiping out half the population of the universe. When looking for a Lim / Starlin Surfer page, there are so few pages from this key issue #34, so much so I’ve literally counted the number on my hand in CAF galleries and auction results. Lim’s page layout and surfer images are great, especially of him in the middle on his board. Not to mention Starlin’s dialogue and Surfer’s reflection of himself, and the bottom panel importance of Thanos’ first dialogue in physical form. A Truly historic grail page reintroducing Thanos and the start of the Infinity Gauntlet Starlin/Lim story arc!
The very next page we see Thanos on a Metron-style flying chair, “The Name is Thanos.” he replies from our previous page panel. And the rest is history! (image left, courtesy of Albert Moy archives)
As hundreds of millions of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans across the globe know, Thanos goes on a quest to reunite six powerful 'Infinity Gems' (called 'Infinity Stones' in the MCU) that were formed at the dawn of creation and are now scattered throughout the universe. When brought together the Gems form the 'Infinity Gauntlet', the most powerful weapon in the universe. In the comic books the story of the quest was told in the two-part 1990 mini-series Thanos Quest written by Thanos creator Jim Starlin and illustrated by Ron Lim, Starlin's primary artistic collaborator on his second 'Thanos Saga' that would go on to include the epic Infinity Gauntlet series and its sequels.
In the movie, Thanos obtains the stones throughout the Infinity War movie, but in the comic series, he actually obtains them in a mini series called Thanos Quest. Thanos Quest was a 2 issue mini-series in which Thanos goes on his quest to obtain the 6 soul gems. Though Silver Surfer #44 is considered the first appearance of the Infinity Gauntlet, as its the first time we see the gauntlet with the gems, but I would advocate Thanos Quest is equally important, if not more important in Thanos acquiring the gems themselves. And though the Gauntlet is the vessel to the gems, the gems themselves power the gauntlet. Essentially without these 6 gems, there is no power, thus there is no Infinity Gauntlet. Below, you'll see one of our original art pages from Thanos Quest, which happens to be the origin page of the gems! Below is a better sinopsys of the series...
After appearing in Silver Surfer #34-#38, Thanos received his self-titled two-issue mini-series entitled Thanos Quest, published from 8/90 through 11/90. Thanos was resurrected by the entity known as Death, who he loves but has spurned his affections. To prove his loyalty to Death, Thanos is given a dark mission to kill 50% of all living creatures in the Universe. In order to accomplish this mission, Thanos must go on a quest throughout the Universe to seek ultimate power - the six 'Infinity Gems'. Individually, they contain power beyond comprehension. Together, they could destroy the universe. The story of how Thanos used the Infinity Gauntlet to achieve his morbid goal was told in the classic six-part Infinity Gauntlet maxi-series published in 1991.
Thanos Quest #1 - "Schemes and Dreams!" (Cover right) Written by Jim Starlin. Art by Ron Lim John Beatty. Six Soul Gems. NOTE: This tale picks up after the events of Silver Surfer (1987 2nd Series) #38. Thanos the Mad Titan has been resurrected by the entity known as Death. Resurrected and given a dark mission. In order to accomplish this mission, Thanos will seek ultimate power - the Soul Gems! Individually, they contain power beyond comprehension. Together, they could destroy a universe. And Thanos must have them all.… Featuring the Elders of the Universe Champion and Gardiner, and the nefarious In-Betweener.
This leads us to our Thanos Quest #1 original art page...
Thanos Quest #1 Page 28 - Thanos battles the Champion with the intention of obtaining the Elder of the Universe's 'Soul Gem' known as the Power Gem on this 'Twice-up' (large art) illustrated by the team of Ron Lim (pencils) and John Beatty (inks). Beautiful 5 panel battle page with both Thanos & Champion visible on all 5 panels!
On this page from Thanos Quest #1, Thanos confronts the Champion, one of the ancient Elders of the Universe. The Champion was introduced in Marvel Two-in-One Annual #7 (1982). Following the Grandmaster's failed plan to kill Galactus, the Champion came into possession of the Power Gem. The Power Gem provides its owner with merely all of the power and energy that ever has or will exist! What's great is how Thanos finds the elders weakness, exploits it, in this case as shown on our page, he frustrates the Champion with a force field, where he ends up getting so enraged he blows up his own planet and eventually hands over the power gem to Thanos. Thanos knew he was no match for the Champion in an all out brawl, so he found another way to obtain the soul gem.
I think the best part of this page for me was the bottom left panel in which Thanos thinks- "In many ways I assume this is what it would be like battling the Terran behemoth, the Hulk... A conflict I've sought to avoid over the years." Interesting Thanos would make a comment saying he's avoided the Hulk. Well, what a great tie in since our first Infinity Gauntlet page is in fact his first encounter and battle with the Hulk!
Note: The text blurbs on this page are paste-ups. However, the word balloons and text in the upper panel are inked directly on the board.
Ron Lim (pencils) and John Beatty (inks) collaborated on this incredibly important 'Twice-up' page from 1990s's Thanos Quest #2. Thanos has gone on a quest to obtain six Infinity Gems that together will give him the power to impress his beloved personification of Death by murdering 50% of all living beings in the universe. On this page, Thanos has used his technology to locate the Runner, an Elder who possesses the Space Gem and demands that he turn it over to the Mad Titan. The Runner demands to know why Thanos seeks the Infinity Gems, and Thanos reveals the origin of the gems for the first time...
Prior to this page, we saw but knew little about the origin of the gems and for the first time on this very page we learn about their origin. The gems were once part of an omniscient being who existed before all time and space. This being "was all that was and all that was, was it." says Thanos. As Ron Lim notates on the right side, to fade "God" into space, which is why there is only a pencil outline of the sentient being (see bottom panel darkened to show the pencil better than original lightened scan). This being, however, was lonely, and ended its own existence. Its limitless power was reincarnated in the six Infinity Gems. This being we later find out is Nemesis, but here is referred to as "God". The published page has a painted space background over the middle and lower panel by Tom Vincent (see top right image).
When acquiring this page, the content and context of the page outweighed the art or lack thereof. From the art perspective, I should add you still get a great Thanos image, a great Runner image with the space gem, and the two of them floating in space on the larger middle panel. Not to mention the pencil outline of the sentient being referred to as "God", later recognized as Nemesis! Overall, An incredibly important page to the Infinity Gauntlet saga, as we learn for the first time of the gems origin!
This large art has an image area of approximately 11.75" x 17.75", light smudges and artist notes along the border.
Ron Lim (pencils) and John Beatty (inks) collaborated on this incredibly important 'Twice-up' page from 1990s's Thanos Quest #2. I felt it was a must to have a Thanos / Grandmaster page, undoubtedly his most challenging and worthy opponent. This of course is the last of the elders in obtaining the 6th and final gem. On this page he visits the Elder of the Universe known as the Grandmaster, who is in possession of the last of the six gems. The Grandmaster isn't willing to just give it up, so he creates a complex series of challenges that Thanos must overcome in order to possess the prized gem.
The final gem, the mind gem giving one control over anyone’s thoughts, is in the hands of The Grandmaster. The Grandmaster unlike the others is fully aware of what the gem is, why Thanos wants it, and is fully prepared for him when he arrives. The Grandmaster is obsessed with games and puts forth a challenge to Thanos, beat him in a game of his choosing and he gets the gem, lose and he dies. Thanos agrees to this.
They compete in the game going back in forth in their battle until Thanos appears to get the drop on the Grandmaster. The Grandmaster however cheats and coats Thanos in a lethal fungal coating that utterly destroys him. Unfortunately for the Grandmaster Thanos was also cheating, it wasn't him competing at all but a robot. Thanos destroys the device that creates the gamespace and destroys the Grandmasters mind with it.
And with that Thanos has obtained all 6 gems and with them. Thanos has achieved his long sought after goal of godhood.
This large art has an image area of approximately 11.75" x 17.75" on 13" x 19" board, with light smudges and artist notes along the border.
Which then leads to the biggest, arguably most important saga of our time, The Infinity Gauntlet six issue series...
We may be skipping from issue #1 to #4, but in a moment if you keep reading you'll see why,..
For many of us proud owners of Infinity Gauntlet original art pages this speaks to the nostalgia of our childhood, perhaps our first moment of a saga or story arc that remains classic to this day. It simply doesn’t get much better than this.
This is the George Perez finale page to Infinity Gauntlet saga, a 6-part event series that has gone down in comic book history as one of the greatest Marvel stories ever told. It served, of course, as the basis for two of the biggest movies ever, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Infinity Gauntlet was a sequel of sorts to the "Thanos Saga" of the 1970s, written and illustrated by the master of cosmic sagas, Jim Starlin. This time Starlin served as the writer with the incredible George Perez drawing the first three issues and part of issue four, as seen here this being his final art page. Perez, having drawn DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths five years earlier, was the go-to “Rockstar” artist for huge events featuring dozens of characters. This momentous key page, which not only marks the first attack on Thanos (first true battle page in the saga), as mentioned above served as Perez’s last page.
It’s public knowledge Perez left the project due to time constraints on other projects with DC, and perhaps creative differences. Perez was also a storyteller, but we must remember this was Starlin and Lim’s show leading up to the saga. With that said, Marvel brought on Perez to be the lead, the rockstar artist if you will for such a grand project. With Perez’s departure midway through Issue 4, it makes us wonder why leave after this page? One can guess after a slower paced, content driven first 3 issues, issue 4 is the battle issue and he wanted to go out with a bang! It’s no coincidence this being the first Thanos battle page in the series and happens to be Perez’s last one, making this great page the only Perez Thanos battle page in the entire saga!
The cover says it all, “Let The Games Begin”. The subsequent 2 prior pages to this page has the second snap, essentially unfreezing the heroes in time to follow through with their attack, and Thanos says the classic line “Let the Battle Begin”, which leads us to this epic battle page. The top half splash is the heroes very first strike atempt at Thanos, it’s a clash of titans! You have both Hulk and Drax the Destroyer sneaking up and knocking the mad titan Thanos down. “Love and Godhood truly have befuddled his reason.” This is the first time what seems to be a full on successful assault on Thanos. Though in the ensuing lower panels we see Thanos is simply playing with them, as he blasts Drax with one devastating look. “They are but bothersome fleas to Thanos”.
Perez leaves his mark with a character-filled bottom panel with literally a dozen characters in total including Thanos, Hulk, Drax, Captain America, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Wolverine, Namor, Spider-Man, Nova, Quasar and even Mistress Death is there on the side watching on. One can only imagine after drawing this action filled battle page, he felt it was time to move on and pass the torch to Lim. Sure there are significant pages in the saga, but how about drawing the first Thanos battle page in the entire run and this being his final penciled page? If you want to see a Perez Gauntlet battle page with Thanos, well, look no further, as this is it! Not to mention Perez obviously loved the top splash panel so much he paid homage to the image again in 1993 for the acclaimed series Future Imperfect #2 double splash title page this time Hulk in Thanos' same pose being blasted by Maestro, his future self.
By all accounts, just a magnificent historic page in Marvel's largest saga. Ink over graphite on Bristol board Large “Twice-Up” art 13x19, signed by both Perez & Rubinstein at bottom center. In Very Good condition.
Our next great representation from this saga are the final four pages from the six issue series, the four iconic “Farmer Thanos” pages (see below)…
These iconic moments were featured in both Infinity War at the very end with Thanos snapping and panning to him on the farm sitting down smiling after he just wiped out half of existence with the melancholy music appropriately titled "Porch" from the Infinity War soundtrack in the background. The other notable half splash is the first page of four featuring the Thanos scarecrow image seen in Avengers Endgame, signifying he's retired his armor and living a simple life after he completed his task.
Though different from the movie than the comic series, in the comic series Thanos fails the task and slips away from Warlock to this remote planet living the simple life as a farmer, no longer the God-like Villain. The pages seen here have a much deeper meaning than at first glance.
In the first of these four pages we see the iconic scarecrow armor image, signifying Thanos’ retiring from his old Mad Titan life to being a simple farmer, which was always his end goal once he completed his task at hand. But in this case, different from the movie, he fails the task at hand to wipe out half of existence. The scarecrow image may also have other deeper meanings.
From Jesse Schnedeen Blog Discussing Avengers 4 Thanos’ Scarecrow Image- The Thanos-crow Symbolism
“The shot of Thanos' armor forming a bizarre scarecrow may well be the most striking image in the Avengers Endgame trailer. On the surface, this "Thanos-crow" symbolizes the fact that the Mad Titan has left his old life behind. He no longer wants to be the feared tyrant who traveled from world to world and murdered billions. He craves whatever sort of peace and contentment he can find after having sacrificed his own children for his cause.
That said, it's interesting to think about what this Thanos-crow might symbolize on a deeper level. Scarecrows are tools used to ward off birds and prevent crops from being devoured. Basically, Thanos is cultivating life on his farm and doing what he can to protect it from predators. That's the exact opposite of what he was attempting to do in Infinity War. Is the Thanos-crow a sign that Thanos has a newfound respect for the preciousness and fragility of life? Is the scourge of the MCU evolving into a defender instead?
Thanos the Hero- Few would attempt to describe the Thanos of the comics as a hero, but he has experienced some pretty dramatic moral shifts over the decades. Going back to Infinity Gauntlet, that story marked a major shift for the character as he stepped away from villainy and became a more benevolent force in the universe (for a while, anyway). Thanos even allied himself with Adam Warlock and the Infinity Watch, helping them safeguard the Infinity Stones and ensure that no one else could assemble the Infinity Gauntlet and wield unchecked power.”
This opening “Farmer Thanos” half splash infamous “Scarecrow” page is not only an iconic image from Avengers Endgame opening scene in which Thor beheads Thanos, but also has much deeper meanings behind the image, which makes this original art page by Lim extra special.
The second of the four “Farmer Thanos” pages is one of our favorites featuring great dialogue between Thanos and Warlock, while Gamora and Pip the Troll look on. We see great up close images of both Thanos and Warlock, but by far the best image and another famous one is Thanos at the top of the steps with his arms folded talking with Warlock about the importance of the gauntlet and where Warlock seeks advice from the former Mad Titan who says with conviction to either “endure or surrender the power”, from his experience with the gauntlet. Thanos goes on to mention his three failures with the gauntlet being enough for him and in the last panel he wisely says “A quiet life will allow me to digest and incorporate the lessons the past has forced upon me.” Warlock wishes the titan best of luck and farewell. Now onto the third page…
Another magnificent page with Pip The Troll and Gamora questioning Warlock why they’re leaving the Mad Titan on this remote planet without being punished. Warlock explains essentially this is how the universe is to be “...Without Thanos, the picture is incomplete.” In the last panel, Thanos looks out to the sky seeing his visitors leave and reflects on his past follys...
“Power. Such an ephemeral commodity, hard to gain, easy to lose. And I once thought I understood it. What vanity.” These are remarkable reflective words coming from the former Mad Titan, as he questions his life work, accomplishments and failures.
The fourth and final Farmer Thanos page, is also the final page of the six issue saga and it’s one of the most recognizable images in the entire series. This is where Thanos, the former Mad Titan from the previous panel page reflecting on both his life’s accomplishments and failures expands on his thoughts and comparison to the new supreme being Adam Warlock. Thanos has some choice thoughts on Warlock and thinks to himself, “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 all the responsibility that goes along with it.” In comparison, Thanos looks at his entire life goal in pursuit of power, but is now scraping soil as a farmer, with a dialogue box reading “Irony worthy of the drama.”
In the final panel Thanos expands further on his thoughts thinking that even though his life was always in pursuit of power, through all this he does not envy Adam Warlock. “Somehow I feel that in the long run, Thanos of Titan came out ahead in this particular deal. THE END.”
5 Times Avengers “Infinity War” Brought Infinity Gauntlet Panels to Life- by Chris Tilly
This final image splash was featured as the main title image for the article as well as the end image, perhaps along with the “Snap” being one of the most prolific pages to the epic series. When bringing up this splash panel Tilly says…
“The Fate of Thanos- At the end of the book, Thanos is defeated, and Adam Warlock sends him to an unnamed planet that’s filled with lush greenery. He scrapes out a living from the soil. The final panel featuring the big bad sitting on the steps of his house, surveying the scene, and thinking: “In the long run, Thanos of Titan came out ahead in this particular deal.” At the end of the film, Thanos appears on a lush green planet — which may or may not be inside the Soul Stone — and sits on the porch of a farmhouse. Having just wiped out half of humanity, the film’s final moment finds him surveying the scene. And smiling.”
This final panel is featured in many articles, not only for the epic six issue saga but also for the Infinity War movie as mentioned above. It is truly iconic in every sense. In the comics, his exile came from failing his mission. In the movie, he succeeds, but his exile is practically identical to the page, living a simple life as a farmer wishing to be left alone while he looks out to the sunrise.
In Screen Rant “Infinity War Recreates Farmer Thanos Comic Moment'' by Andrew Dyce he writes an interesting take to the whole end of the series and again the importance of both the saga and movie end scene…
“It's an admittedly odd note to end on, with dialogue boxes suggesting that Thanos has wound up winning a preferable fate to godhood. Sure, he would eventually return as one of Marvel's greatest supervillains lusting for universal domination. But the closing panels of Thanos the Farmer are hard to forget. Apparently, that goes for the makers of Avengers: Infinity War as well.
The film adapts more comic moments than any one comic plot, but the Russo Brothers still make sure to end their film on the very same image. In this case Thanos has actually succeeded in killing half of all life, leaving it behind victorious, not defeated. Just as he promises earlier in the film, he wishes only to retire to a small farm and observe the sun rising on a new universe. Taking a seat on his front steps, just like the comic. And with his armor adorning a scarecrow nearby, as well. The choice to mimic the comic's conclusion so closely is a treat for fans, and likely one of the most satisfying Marvel Comic references in its entire runtime. Although fans might actually call the Infinity War version an improvement, making Thanos's entire emotional arc lead him to that very point - not merely a place to hide from those would would seek vengeance.”
In conclusion, the four page “Farmer Thanos” pages have deeper meaning than just living his life as a farmer on a remote planet. When most people think of Thanos, they think of more than just a great villain trying to kill off half of existence, and Infinity Gauntlet truly captures this feeling perfectly. The series captures nuances to his psyche, why he’s both succeeded and failed in his life’s work, which makes him a much more interesting and complex villain. It’s truly remarkable Starlin was able to give us a Thanos seen here in these pages who is vulnerable, questioning his life's work and ultimately thinking he came out okay at the end even without Godhood status.
In the end, we found a different, more profound Thanos than in the beginning of Infinity Gauntlet, who eliminated half the universe. But it was at the end of the series in which Starlin's story and Lim's art that gave us the more like-able, almost sympathetic Thanos, and making this arguably the greatest saga in comics and cinema.
Truly historic set of all 4 iconic "Farmer Thanos" pages, oversized 13x19, not to mention signed by all 3 artists/writers; Ron Lim, Jim Starlin and Joe Rubinstein!