Gone, gone, the form of man. Rise the demon, Etrigan! A sulphurous poof, a painful transformation, and then enter DC’s most hellishly flawed hero, with a rhyming couplet and rakish, sharp-toothed grin. One part hell, one part hero, with a healthy dash of horror. Maybe he helps you or hurts you, but you’re usually shuffled towards something vaguely resembling a heroic rescue. What’s not to love? Enter Val Semeiks and Denis Rodier, with a 1990 reboot of one of my favourite comic characters. I liked their take right away, starting smack-dab in the middle of Hell with the central conflicts of Etrigan’s existence: his love/hate relationships with Jason Blood, his eternal cage, with his hellish family, and even Hell itself. And they delivered these dark stories in a great, cartoony style that worked for me. And what a fun scene to get! Jason Blood and Etrigan, Glenda, Randu, Merlin and Asteroth, in issue #1, deal with the central premise. A nostalgia hellfire blast to the brain!
- The Demon #1
- First Issue
- Story: Lost Souls
- Writer: Alan Grant
- Cover: Val Semeiks, Denis Rodier
- Artist: Val Semeiks
- Ink: Denis Rodier
- Halo Certification: 8.0 Very Fine
- Number: BM – 3545EYFBH7
- White Pages
- Slab Condition: No cracks or scuffing are present on the case
- Publisher: DC Comics
- Price: $1.50
- Pages: 32 pages
- Cover Date: July 1990
- Link: comics.org/series/3981/
With the Demon’s appearances in the 1980s, he was given 1989 a six-chapter serial in Action Comics Weekly, late in that title’s tenure as an anthology. Alan Grant wrote those stories, which didn’t end on a cliffhanger but also didn’t resolve their plotlines. When DC launched an ongoing Demon series in 1990, it was written by Alan Grant. This was the character’s first ongoing since Jack Kirby’s original 1972-1973 series. The new series would outlast the original by a wide margin, however. Grant remained on the title for over three years. Grant’s take on the Demon differed from the more recent, serious take of writers like Alan Moore and Matt Wagner. Grant returned the character to Kirby’s bombastic sensibilities, although now with copious doses of black humour and silly wordplay. His version of The Demon was a wild, offbeat title. While never a best-seller, it is fondly remembered by fans of the character and survived his tenure, something no previous writer of The Demon could boast.
Note: While we make every effort to note any significant damage to slabs, any Halo case may display minor imperfections, including Newton rings, slight inner well scuffing (present at the time of encapsulation), or standard surface wear (minor scratches/scuffing). If minor imperfections in the case concern you, please look very closely at the item image before ordering.