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Demon, The:

Garth Ennis Era (1993-1995)

With Alan Grant’s departure, young writer Garth Ennis took over as writer of The Demon Vol. 3. After working on comics in the United Kingdom, DC had recently given Ennis the reigns over Hellblazer.

Ennis would later develop a reputation for the sort of dark humor that Alan Grant had brought to the title, perhaps even going further into the scatological. But the young writer, despite working on Hellblazer, seemed to struggle somewhat with The Demon‘s supernatural elements. Ennis seemed to thrive instead on gangster and war-related stories, which he managed to work into the title.

Few remember his work on the title well, and fans of Alan Grant’s work on the title were especially disappointed. Ennis’s run on The Demon is remembered, however, for introducing Hitman, in The Demon Annual #2. Hitman would go on to appear in two storylines written by Ennis.

The Demon Vol. 3 was cancelled with #58, about a year and a half after Alan Grant’s departure. But Ennis would soon spin off Hitman into his own series, which would go on to survive even longer than The Demon Vol. 3 — and would become more fondly remembered.

After The Demon‘s cancellation, Alan Grant returned to the Demon in Batman / Demon, a prestige-format one-shot pairing the two characters. Grant had also written Batman, making the pairing a logical one.

The Demon Vol. 3 #40

“The Wild One” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features a biker gang from Hell

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Oct 1993
The Demon Annual #2

“Hitman” -- 56 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • first appearance of Hitman, created by the parasite Glonth
  • ties into Bloodlines

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $3.50; cover-dated 1993
The Demon Vol. 3 #41

“Castle of the Damned” -- 23 pages

  • written by Kevin Altieri; art by Kevin Altieri

the cover erroneously credits Garth Ennis as writer; cover by Kevin Altieri and RC; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Nov 1993
The Demon Vol. 3 #42

“Hell’s Hitman, Part One: Fall and Rise” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Dec 1993
The Demon Vol. 3 #43

“Hell’s Hitman, Part Two: Cry Havoc!” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features Hitman

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Jan 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #44

“Hell’s Hitman, Part 3: A Night On The Town” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by John McCrea; inks by John McCrea and Matt Brooker
  • features Hitman

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Feb 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #45

“Hell’s Hitman, Finale: King of Hate” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features Hitman

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Mar 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #46

“Haunted Glory, Part 1″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by John McCrea; inks by Wayne Faucher
  • features the Haunted Tank (and is not set during World War II)

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated Apr 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #47

“Haunted Glory, Part 2″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features the Haunted Tank

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.75; cover-dated May 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #48

“Haunted Glory, Part 3″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features the Haunted Tank

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated June 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #49

“From Hell” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by Nigel Dobbyn
  • Joe Gunn, a private eye, ends up in hell where he witnesses the birth of the Demon’s son

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated July 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #50

“The Shanty of Captain Scumm” -- 40 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea and Peter Snejbjerg
  • the Demon recounts a tale in which he and Jason Blood tricked Captain Scumm into sailing into Hell so his soul could be forfeited to Lucifer

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $2.95; cover-dated Aug 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #51

“Sons & Lovers” -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; pencils by Chris Alexander; inks by Rich Bryant
  • Merlin warns Jason Blood that the Demon has a son

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Sept 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #0

“Zero Hour” -- 26 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • Merlin restores Jason Blood’s memory and recounts how Blood and the Demon became bonded

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Oct 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #52

“Suffer the Children, Part 1″ -- 22 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • Jason Blood’s child is born, and the Demon schemes to bond his own son to Blood’s baby
  • features Hitman

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Nov 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #53

“Suffer the Children, Part 2″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • Hitman shoots Merlin

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Dec 1994
The Demon Vol. 3 #54

“Suffer the Children, Part 3″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • features Hitman

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Jan 1995
The Demon Vol. 3 #55

“Longest Day, Part 1″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • Excalibus leads an army of angels against Hell

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Feb 1995
The Demon Vol. 3 #56

“Longest Day, Part 2″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • the Demon is captured and given to Von Raddel and Scumm for execution

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Mar 1995
The Demon Vol. 3 #57

“Longest Day, Part 3″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • the battle for Hell continues

cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated Apr 1995
The Demon Vol. 3 #58

“Longest Day, Part 4″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Garth Ennis; art by John McCrea
  • Etrigan finds the Crown of Thorns and defeats the angels

final issue; cover by John McCrea; published by DC Comics; $1.95; cover-dated May 1995

Batman / Demon

untitled (a.k.a. “Deal with the Devil”) -- 48 pages

  • written by Alan Grant; art by David Roach

wraparound cover by Brian Stelfreeze; published by DC Comics; softcover; prestige format; $4.95; cover-dated 1996