The series generally featured stand-alone stories featuring new characters and concepts with one notable exception. The Hunger Dogs was intended by Jack Kirby and DC to serve as the end to the entire Fourth World saga. The project was mired in controversy over Kirby's insistence that the series should end with the deaths of the New Gods, which clashed with DC's demands that the New Gods could not be killed off.
As a result, production of the graphic novel suffered many delays and revisions. Pages and storyline elements from the never published "On the Road to Armagetto" were revised and incorporated into the graphic novel, while DC ordered the entire plot restructured, resulting in many pages of the story being rearranged out of Kirby's intended reading order.
DC also published from 1985 to 1987 a second, related line called DC Science Fiction Graphic Novel. Rather than being original stories, the graphic novels of this line were instead adaptations of works published by well-known authors of science fiction. These were edited by Julius Schwartz, making use of his connections to recruit the famous authors whose works were adapted. This was the last editorial work Schwartz did before retiring.
|DC Graphic Novel|
|No. of issues|
|1||Star Raiders||1983||Elliot S. Maggin||José Luis García-López||Andy Helfer||Based on the video game Star Raiders. Cover art by Stephen Hickman|
|2||Warlords||1983||Steve Skeates||David Wenzel||Dave Manak||Cover art by Thomas Blackshear|
|3||The Medusa Chain||1984||Ernie Colón|
|4||The Hunger Dogs||1985||Jack Kirby||Jack Kirby,
D. Bruce Berry,
|Joe Orlando||First appearance of Bekka.|
|5||Me and Joe Priest||1985||Greg Potter||Ron Randall||Janice Race||Cover art by Howard Chaykin|
|6||Metalzoic||1986||Pat Mills||Kevin O'Neill||Andy Helfer||Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz|
|7||Space Clusters||1986||Arthur Byron Cover||Alex Niño||Julius Schwartz|
|1||Hell on Earth||1985||Robert Bloch,
Robert Loren Fleming
|Julius Schwartz||Adapts a horror story that was originally published in the pulp magazine Weird Tales in May 1942. |
Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz
|Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz|
|3||Frost and Fire||1985||Ray Bradbury,
|Klaus Janson||Cover art by Bill Sienkiewicz|
|4||The Merchants of Venus||1986||Frederik Pohl,
|5||Demon with a Glass Hand||1985||Harlan Ellison||Marshall Rogers||Also adapted as the October 17, 1964 episode of The Outer Limits|
|6||The Magic Goes Away||1986||Larry Niven,
|7||Sandkings||1987||George R. R. Martin,
|Also adapted as the March 26, 1995 episode of The Outer Limits|
To extend the line and to justify the higher price and classier format, DC turned to science fiction expert Julius Schwartz, who edited a group of graphic novels based on works by top authors in the field.
Alex Niño (born May 1, 1940) is a Filipino comics artist best known for his work for the American publishers DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Warren Publishing, and in Heavy Metal magazine.Bekka
Bekka is a fictional character that has appeared in various comic book series published by DC Comics. The character has been featured primarily in stories set in Jack Kirby's Fourth World and DC's main shared universe, known as the DC Universe.She is a New God of New Genesis, the daughter of Himon and the wife of Orion. She made her first appearance in DC Graphic Novel #4: The Hunger Dogs (1985), written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.D. Bruce Berry
Douglas Bruce Berry (January 24, 1924–1998) was an American comic book artist who is best known as the inker of several of Jack Kirby's comic book series in the 1970s.DC Comics – The Legend of Batman
DC Comics - The Legend of Batman is a fortnightly partwork magazine published by Eaglemoss Collections and DC Comics. The series is a collection of special edition hardback graphic novels, that tells Batman’s life story from beginning to end. The series follows the success of the DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection, which itself began in 2015 with the Batman story Hush.
The collection started in countries like France, but with a different order and contents. The debut issue, Batman: Zero Year Part 1, was released in the UK on 27 December 2017 at the special price of £2.99, before gradually rising to £9.99 per issue. 60 issues of the partwork were planned but have been already extended to at least 80 issues (see list below).Elliot S. Maggin
Elliot S. Maggin, also spelled Elliot S! Maggin (born 1950), is an American writer of comic books, film, television, and novels. He was a main writer for DC Comics during the Bronze and early Modern ages of comics in the 1970s and 1980s. He is particularly associated with the character of Superman.
He has been active with the Democratic Party of the United States, twice running for the nomination of his party for the U.S. House of Representatives—once from New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district in 1984 and from California's 24th congressional district in 2008.Fourth World (comics)
"Fourth World" is a storyline told through a metaseries of interconnecting comic book titles written and drawn by Jack Kirby, and published by DC Comics from 1970 to 1973. Although they were not marketed under this title until the August–September 1971 issues of New Gods and Forever People, the terms Fourth World and Jack Kirby's Fourth World have gained usage in the years since.Himon
Himon is a fictional character. Created by Jack Kirby, the character is one of the New Gods, a fictional race of gods in publications from DC Comics. The "gray-haired mystic" is Mister Miracle's mentor and "look[s] like convention promoter Shel Dorf."Jack Kirby bibliography
Jack Kirby was a prolific comics creator who created a large number of American comic books and characters, particularly for Marvel Comics and DC Comics.List of DC Comics imprints
DC Comics has published a number of other imprints and lines of comics over the years.Marvel Graphic Novel
Marvel Graphic Novel (MGN) was a line of graphic novel trade paperbacks published from 1982 to 1993 by Marvel Comics. The books were published in an oversized format, 8.5" x 11", similar to French albums. In response, DC Comics established a competitor line known as DC Graphic Novel.Metalzoic
Metalzoic is a graphic novel (ISBN 0-930289-10-2) written by Pat Mills and drawn by Kevin O'Neill which was first published by DC Comics in 1986 as the sixth of the DC Graphic Novel line. Later in the same year it was reprinted, partly re-drawn and without colour, in serial form in 2000 AD, issues 483-492.Robert Wisden
Robert Charles Wisden (born June 2, 1958) is an English actor who has an extensive career in Canadian and American film and television.
Best known for playing U.S. President Richard Nixon in the 2009 American neo-noir superhero film Watchmen, he has acted on many series, including Da Vinci's Inquest, Smallville, The X-Files and Jeremiah.Ronin (comics)
Ronin, in comics, may refer to:
Ronin (DC Comics), a DC graphic novel by Frank Miller
Ronin (Marvel Comics), a Marvel Comics character
Ronin Hood of the 47 Samurai, a story combining Robin Hood and the 47 Ronin