Discover some of comics’ most daring writing and dynamic art—and thrill to the imaginative power of one of the medium’s greatest masters—in THE DEMON BY JACK KIRBY, collecting the King’s complete 16-issue run on the acclaimed series.
Jack Kirby reinvented the superhero genre with his sprawling saga of the fourth world—a bold storytelling vision that was decades ahead of its time. In honor of this extraordinary talent’s centennial, DC Comics is proud to re-present the groundbreaking work of the King of Comics in a brand-new series of trade paperback editions collecting his classic DC titles in all their four-color glory!
Following the success of the Fourth World titles, Kirby brought comics fans his most shocking creation yet: THE DEMON! Summoned from the stygian depths by Merlin himself to defend the legendary kingdom of Camelot, a rhyme-slinging hell-spawn known as Etrigan was bound to this mortal coil through the body of his all-too-human host, Jason Blood.
But Etrigan’s adventures would continue far beyond the mythic and medieval past. Living on into the present day, Jason Blood became one of the DC Universe’s most powerful masters of magic and the occult—and through it all, his demonic alter ego has stood at the ready, ever eager to unleash his infernal powers in the service of Blood’s undying battle against evil!
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Jack "King" Kirby's comics career began in 1937 and continued for nearly six decades. With partner Joe Simon, Kirby first made his mark in comics in the 1940s by drawing and/or creating numerous features for DC Comics including SANDMAN, THE NEWSBOY LEGION and MANHUNTER, and for Marvel including CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE YOUNG ALLIES and the KID COMMANDOS. As the most valued team in comics, Simon and Kirby went on to create titles and concepts including FIGHTING AMERICAN, BOYS' RANCH and the creation of the romance comics genre. In 1961, the first issue of Marvel's FANTASTIC FOUR cemented Kirby's reputation as comics' preeminent creator, and a slew of famous titles followed that elevated him to legendary status, including INCREDIBLE HULK, AVENGERS and X-MEN. Kirby returned to DC in 1971 with his classic FOURTH WORLD TRILOGY, which was followed by THE DEMON and KAMANDI. Kirby continued working and innovating in comics until his death in 1994.From Booklist:
When Kirby’s ambitious Fourth World saga failed to be the blockbuster DC envisioned when they hired the comics legend away from Marvel in the early 1970s, the company asked him to come up with some nonsuperhero concepts. Among his proposals was one about a demon from hell named Etrigan, who is bound to a reluctant human host, Jason Blood. The Demon’s horror-comics roots were somewhat afield from the costumed crime fighters that were Kirby’s forte, although it harkened back to the monster comics he drew at Marvel before reviving the superhero genre with Fantastic Four, and Etrigan did possess powers including superhuman strength and magical abilities. Kirby’s over-the-top story lines, overwrought dialogue, and, above all, singularly dynamic artwork placed The Demon more in line with his larger-than-life superhero epics than with, say, the moody EC horror stories of two decades earlier. Although Kirby’s original series ran for only the 16 issues collected here, Etrigan remains a popular supporting character in the DC Universe, even appearing in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. --Gordon Flagg
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