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Demon, The:

Jack Kirby’s The Demon (1972-1973)

Jack Kirby illustration of the Demon.

After the cancellation of his Fourth World titles at DC, Jack Kirby created a number of other properties for the company, none of which survived very long. One of these was the Demon, conceived as the demonic alter-ego of Jason Blood. Kirby borrowed the Demon’s look from a Prince Valiant comic strip in which that character donned a demon costume.

In contrast with Kirby’s Fourth World work, his work during this period often blended genres in ways that can sometimes seem strange or arbitrary. Kirby’s The Demon mixed the supernatural and super-heroes. It may be seen as a noble experiment, in as much as it was essentially a supernatural title marketed for the super-hero audience. But Kirby’s super-hero aesthetics proved a strange mix, undermining the seriousness of the supernatural elements.

The series lasted only 16 issues, but the Demon would begin appearing occasionally across the DC Universe, only a few years after his title’s cancellation. He would be more substantially revived in the 1980s, and he’s become a staple of the DC Universe ever since.

The Demon Vol. 1 #1

“Unleash the One Who Waits” -- 24 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • first appearance of Jason Blood / the Demon and villain Morgaine le Fey

first issue; cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Aug-Sept 1972

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The Demon Vol. 1 #2

“My Tomb in Castle Branek!” -- 23 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Oct 1972
The Demon Vol. 1 #3

“Reincarnators” -- 22 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Nov 1972
The Demon Vol. 1 #4

“The Creature from Beyond” -- 22 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Dec 1972
The Demon Vol. 1 #5

“Merlin’s Word… Demon’s Wrath!” -- 22.5 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Jan 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #6

“The Howler!” -- 22.5 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Feb 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #7

“A Witchboy!!” -- 22.5 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • first appearance of Klarion the Witchboy

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Mar 1973

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The Demon Vol. 1 #8

“Phantom of the Sewers” -- 22.5 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Apr 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #9

“Whatever Happened to Farley Fairfax?!!” -- 22.5 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from The Demon Vol. 1 #9

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated June 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #10

“The Thing that Screams” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from The Demon Vol. 1 #10

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated July 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #11

“Baron von Evilstein” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Aug 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #12

“Rebirth of Evil!” -- 20 pages

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from The Demon Vol. 1 #11

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Sept 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #13

“The Night of the Demon!”

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer
  • continued from The Demon Vol. 1 #12

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Oct 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #14

“Spirit from the Night”

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer (with uncredited assistance from Bill Stout)
  • Klarion the Witchboy returns

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Nov 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #15

“The One who Vanished!!”

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer (with uncredited assistance from Bill Stout)
  • continued from The Demon Vol. 1 #14

cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Dec 1973
The Demon Vol. 1 #16

“Immortal Enemy!”

  • written by Jack Kirby; pencils by Jack Kirby; inks by Mike Royer

final issue; cover by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer; published by DC Comics; $0.20; cover-dated Jan 1973

Jack Kirby’s the Demon Omnibus

collects The Demon Vol. 1 #1-16; The cover of Jack Kirby’s the Demon Omnibus, without titles or indicia.; introduction by Mark Evanier; published by DC Comics; 384 pages; hardcover; $49.99; published Nov 2008

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