The Demon #8 [1973] – The Phantom of the Sewers

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Kirby opens up up the issue with a nice look at Jason Blood’s collection of ancient artifacts, which is doubly impressive when you consider that he keeps them in an apartment. Rent there must be killer.

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Gotta say, Etrigan’s face in that third panel seems off. Anyway, finding some weapons missing, they find a tunnel where he confronts the thief, the Phantom of the Sewers, presumably inspired by one of the movies with a similar theme. Etrigan recovers Merlin’s sword, but loses the Phantom, who we see has a hidden lair where he worships a statue that looks a lot like Glenda. Back home, Jason Blood decides to use the Philosopher’s Stone to freeze out Etrigan, which appears to work. Bad timing, though, as the Phantom kidnaps Glenda at a party, convinced she’s the one who betrayed him, and plans revenge. Being able to turn into a demon is useful under those circumstances.

Not one of my favourite issues of the series, as a few bits of the art seem a bit clumsy, and a few bits of the story are abrupt (Jason’s decision to try to kill Etrigan at that particular point, the party they decide to throw). A lot of the visuals are nice, in particular all the stuff around Jason’s apartment.

Mike Royer inks the 23-page story and cover.

Published 1973

1 thought on “The Demon #8 [1973] – The Phantom of the Sewers

  1. Kirbyfan4ever&ever

    Have the Demon Kirby stories ever been printed in hardcover or DVD Rom format. With the creation of the Kirby museum I hope that all of Kirby’s 70’s work is published again.

    I still have read the complete Eternals. For the third time. Ironically I liked it better than New Gods. It has a heavy Marvel look to it. I have to wonder if Kirby continued to work on Fantastic Four if these worlds would interact with one another.

    Kirby’s 70’s work is not as popular but I love this period because it has a more cartoony style. Why can’t these classics be put in paperback. This site just confirms that Kirby’s work is still timeless transends all the ages.

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