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One of Jack "King" Kirby's most memorable creations returns in this title collecting the entire, original 16-issue series from the early 1970s! Part man, part elemental fury, Etrigan the Demon was bound to Jason Blood by Merlin to defend Camelot, only to become a demonologist in the modern-day DC Universe.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by DC Comics
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This feels like it's missing some issues. I wonder why it was a limited series. The book is very keen on making clear that its popularity caused the Fourth World stuff to get cancelled. Did it also stop being popular? Was it only planned to be this short run?

Also, interesting that, like the Creeper, it is set in Gotham City but has no connection to any other comic. Was it really Crisis that got people at DC thinking that way?

Also interesting is Kirby's use of Eastern mystics. And the fact that
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The_Mad_Swede
"Change! Change, o' form of man! Release the might from fleshy mire! Boil the blood in heart of fire!

Gone! Gone! --- the form of man—! Rise, the Demon Etrigan!!"

The character of the Etrigan the Demon may be one of Kirby's oddest. Possibly partly because of the fact that, as Mark Evanier notes in the foreword, Kirby never had an urge to write a horror comic. Yet faced with the task of making one at the request of his publishers at the time (i.e. DC), Kirby obviously came up with a character and
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Skjam!
Aug 05, 2013 Skjam! rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jack Kirby fans, Etrigan fans
In the 1970s, the Comics Code eased up a bit, and horror comics again became a viable subgenre. At DC Comics, most of their horror output was in short story anthologies like Ghosts or House of Secrets. But as DC happened to have comics legend Jack Kirby working for them at the time, they asked him to do a horror-tinged comic book as well.

As Mark Evanier explains in his introduction, Kirby homaged an old Prince Valiant story in the design of the central character, Etrigan. He also tied him into t
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Alger
Gone! Gone! ---The form of Man-! Rise, the Demon Etrigan!!!

Again Jack Kirby creates an iconic addition to the DC Universe. In the demon Etrigan, Kirby explores the eerie world of mysticism, starting in the downfall of Camelot and incorportating elements from 'Frankenstein' and 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'The Wolfman.' Both the man, demonologist Jason Blood, and the demon, Etrigan, come together to create an imaginative and immensely engaging whole making for dynamic storytelling. The brillia
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Joshua
astounding, I'm only a few issues in, so hopefully it keeps up...

Well, it definitely fizzles out, but in a similar manner as the Fourth World titles; the fizzling takes on its own life, you can feel that Kirby might have some other stuff on his mind or may have lost interest, or had the title sacked by the publisher...

an island sinking into the sea.

or also

a basketball player making 100s of 3-pointers in a row, while on the phone with his kid, going over plans to build a pinewood derby car...

Mak
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Orrin Grey
So. Good.

I'm a fan of Jack Kirby, obviously. And I'm a fan of 70s horror comics. And this combines the best of both, along with a good helping of Silver Age superheroics and something that could be called proto-Hellboy. Most of the time I read old Jack Kirby monster comics for the art of the creatures, and for the lightweight, escapist silliness of the plotlines. This is a different story. While it's still a product of its time, and how, it's just a great bit of comic awesomeness, and in a very
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matt
This man loved to draw comics - you can see it on every page. The work is dynamic and unique. Kirby created a whole new language of comic-book art, and it sings in the pages of "The Demon".
I only wish his extreme visual talent was matched by his storytelling abilities. I think he does a terrific job in coming up with the initial story idea and characters, but it seems like he could have used more writers to help him keep the ideas coming after the first couple of issues. The fact that he was the
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Keith Bowden
One of my favorites of Kirby's series. It wasn't a series that he really had his heart into - it was a commercial venture foisted upon him by his publisher - but it's amazing what the man could do with subjects he wasn't fond of... he found ways to make it interesting to himself. By the 6th issue, he started reworking classic icons and monsters from legend and film into pure Kirby. What could have been material ground out to meet quotas became interesting riffs. Of course the art is pure Kirby m ...more
Brian
I don't want to look like a peckerhead, but the 16 stories included all kind of end up between ratings of 'eh' and 'um...ok'.

I know. Kirby is the King. I fully intend on reading the Fourth World omnibuses even after being underwhelmed by The Demon and OMAC.

I'm having the same reaction to Kirby penned Kirby drawn tales that I'm having to Ditko penned Ditko drawn Charlton tales.

Stan might've taken a little more credit than he deserved, but neither Kirby or Ditko are Shakespeare. Hell, they're n
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Adam
Prime 70s Kirby.
Rick
Feb 01, 2009 Rick rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Kirby's followed up the highly personal, critically acclaimed New Gods saga with the supernatural tale of the demon Etrigan. Bound by the wizard Merlin to the human Jason Blood, The Demon engages in his centuries-long war with the evil Morgaine le Fay. In these outlandish tales, the action in typical Kirby fashion leaps off the pages. Jack Kirby's The Demon Omnibus collects all sixteen issues of the original 1970s run plus deleted or altered artwork, many of which have never been printed before.
T.M.
Etrigan and Jason Blood are two (one?) of my favorite comics characters and I've never had the opportunity to read their original stories before now. I was surprised at how many of the elements I know from the The Demon storylines in contemporary comics and cartoons began in these original stories. This edition is beautifully reproduced, great fun and highly recommended.

Kirby, of course, is a master artist and storyteller. Period.
Russell Grant
Kirby whipped this one up after DC dumped his amazing Fourth World books. It's never as good as the New Gods were, but it's pretty damn great. For a genre that Kirby had little interest in, he really pounds out some tight stories. The art is of course fantastic and on a whole, this is a real fun read.
Karl Kindt
Some awesome art by Kirby, inked by the best person for the job Mike Royer, but the stories really run out of steam fast. Kirby was clearly asked to do something supernatural, but really had to work at it. This clearly influenced Mike Mignola's HELLBOY, but HELLBOY's stories are far better.
Matt
Jack Kirby delivers what is, in my opinion, one of the more gleefully insane books of his 1970s phase of comics. Menaces range from Klarion the Witchboy to Baron Von Evilstein (I kid you not). Really fun stuff, and worth a look for anybody interested in Kirby's 1970s comics.
John Young
A strange strange strange curousity from the 1970's, but I haven't read a comic that has captured my (child-like) imagination like this in years.
Kevin
Kirby-licious. Read it for the art, not the words.
PJ Ebbrell
Another fantasy set of stories by the King of Comics.
Chris
Kirby at the top of his game - pure imagination.
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