Michael Jackson, the king of pop, whose music left an indelible mark on the popular music landscape, died yesterday at the age of 50. It seemed there was little about Jackson's life that didn't make the news or tabloids throughout his long career, with the possible exception of his love of science fiction and comic books.

Jackson was a huge comic book fan, and even considered buying Marvel Comics in the 1990s. MTV Splashpage looks at Jackson's history with comics, and notes that the pop star owned a giant collection of superhero books, costumes and statues that recently went up for auction. Comics Alliance has a rundown on Jackson's 5 greatest moments in comics, including his last public trip to a comic shop and the fate of his Moonwalker comic.

Io9 remembers Jackson's "science fictional life," with a look back at Jackson's contributions to sci-fi, like the 3-D Disneyland movie Captain EO and the sci-fi-themed video "Scream" he made with his sister Janet that features anime clips and spaceships. Check out the trailer for Captain EO, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, after the jump (as well as his brilliant video for "Scream") and remember a time when Jackson was a charming, visionary, sf-loving nerd.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi