Gone, Gone, The Form of Man,…”

It is now Day 20 of Howard Simp­son’s month-long Jack Kir­by Trib­ute. Open to all cre­atives, you can find par­tic­i­pants’ Kir­by Trib­utes on your favorite social media plat­forms by the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt is Etri­g­an the Demon. One of Kir­by’s post-Fourth World titles he cre­at­ed for DC, this was some­thing very dif­fer­ent. Root­ed in the kinds of word-of-mouth sto­ries about the super­nat­ur­al that Kir­by heard grow­ing up, plus clas­sic Uni­ver­sal mon­ster movies and the like, Kir­by also gave it a tie-in to Mer­lin and the Arthuri­an leg­ends. The title char­ac­ter was a demon pressed into ser­vice on the side of the angels, and anoth­er unique angle on it was that Mer­lin had set things up so that he was a demon pos­sessed by a man (as opposed to the oth­er way around).

The Demon’s orig­i­nal run last­ed only 16 issues, but appar­ent­ly the con­cept was such that it caught the eye of a num­ber of sub­se­quent comics cre­ators, and over the years that fol­lowed they all took their shot at doing some­thing with the character.

I’d nev­er tried draw­ing the Demon before. It was fun try­ing to get that expression!

Enjoy, and please feel free to tune in again tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Gone, Gone, The Form of Man,…”

  1. Joe musich

    All I know about the Demon series would not even fill the tip of one his horns. But your bright yel­low pre­sen­ta­tion as well as your com­ment about Mr. Kirby’s inter­pret­ing the char­ac­ter through child­hood sto­ries is moti­va­tion to check out the series. Human pos­ses­sion is def­i­nite­ly a twist. I have to won­der if there was ever a thought about a film of the char­ac­ter. Thank you.

    1. Mark Post author

      There’s also anoth­er ingre­di­ent in the mix that made up the Demon, which I did­n’t men­tion in my post. Part of the visu­al inspi­ra­tion appears to have come from an install­ment of Hal Fos­ter’s Prince Valiant, where the Prince dis­guis­es him­self as a mon­ster, using the skin of a goose as a mask, in order to gain some kind of advan­tage over a larg­er foe he has to go up against on his own. https://boingboing.net/2023/04/30/was-jack-kirbys-demon-inspired-by-prince-valiant.html


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