With cancellation of the Fourth World books New Gods and Forever People (and the resulting drastic change of direction for Mister Miracle), Carmine Infantino offered Jack Kirby a couple of ideas for new series. One of these involved a future time where intelligent animals ruled the world (DC had unsuccessfully tried to obtain the rights to Planet of the Apes), and the other was a suggestion that with horror comics making a comeback, perhaps the time was right for a super-hero monster comic.

Kirby developed the first idea into Kamandi, by far his most successful creation at DC, and the second became The Demon. While not particularly long-lived — unlike its star! — this series featured some lovely work by Kirby, and later hands developed Etrigan into a fairly major player in the DC universe. “New, eerie and fantastic” just about sums it up nicely.

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