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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 224

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, in honor of Scott’s recent 1972 post (which I thought was interesting, considering that today is my parents’ 37th Wedding Anniversary), I figure we would take a look at a memorable first issue of a 1972 series – Jack Kirby’s the Demon!!!

In the first issue we meet Jason Blood and he learns just what kind of weird stuff is going on in his life…

I guess “the” moment for me is the first transformation into the Demon Etrigan!

Kirby does an amazing job with the dynamic nature of this comic!



Not to knock the articles, because I’ve been loving reading them, but I do believe that this one has been the most “Meh” moment for me.

I just seems to fall completely flat in my eyes.

I’ve never seen an issue of Kirby’s Demon before (but I’ve enjoyed the character since reading Alan Moore’s version in Swamp Thing).

I’m not always the biggest fan of Kirby’s style but I really like this art! I think I generally like his artwork in the 70’s better, and this is especially energetic and “dynamic” as you point out.

Etrigan looks a little like The Unspoken who’s stomping around Mighty Avengers right now.

While I can’t say I really got a feel for “the moment” in this particular offering, I am addicted to this posting. Can we get 2 years or cool comics moments?

The Crazed Spruce

August 13, 2009 at 7:22 am

I first read this story in one of those reprint digests that DC put out in the early 80’s. Except for his Who’s Who entry, that was the first time I’d ever seen The Demon. And Jason Blood transfoming into Etrigan is just as cool now as it was then.

(And hey, I was born in ’72, too!)

In honor of Blood, the year and the time,
all of out post should end with a rhyme.

I love the spell to summon Etrigan, but “SHAZAM” is so much more efficient. How often has Blood been knocked unconscious while trying to recite the spell?

i liked the moment for always wondered when jason blood did change change from a man and then rose in his place the demon known as Etrigan. for the voice calling to Jason had to be Merlin from beyond the grave knowing that Etrigan would be required the day to save

I’m not always the biggest fan of Kirby’s style but I really like this art! I think I generally like his artwork in the 70’s better, and this is especially energetic and “dynamic” as you point out.

I’d say that’s because of Mike Royer’s inks. Joe Sinnott was Kirby’s best inker in the 60s, and Royer was the best for the 70s and beyond. The first issue of the Demon, especially, is one of the most beautiful Kirby comics ever.

I pretty much think Kirby’s 70s work was his pinnacle period, artwise and idea-wise.

I haven’t had the chance to read any of the original Demon series, but to me these pages are light years above the other stuff Kirby was doing for DC at the time. That first page in particular is fantastic.

My congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Cronin.

Well, Brian we now need a Kamandi moment. Demon is wonderful, but all of Kirby’s 70’s stuff is in that category. I wouldn’t say its light years ahead of Fourth World, Kamandi or Demon, or Omac. Hmm…or Days of the Mob or Spirit World for that matter. I could go on about the Marvel and Pacific stuff too, but I don’t want to betray too much of my Kirby-love ;-) Thanks for this superb Demon moment.

People will think i’m and idiot but compared to his early marvel work, this is Kirbys best work, next to New gods, Kamandi and his later fantastic four work.

No Alex B., you are not an idiot. Lots of people, myself included, hold the same, or nearly the same, opinion as yourself. Others certainly lend their highest favour to other points of the King’s career, from the Timely days to the monster mag period, but, of course its all a matter of taste, and all legitimate.

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