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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 characters could not be killed off.
As a result, production of the graphic novel suffered many delays and revisions. Pages and storyline elements from the unpublished "On the Road to Armagetto" were revised and incorporated into the graphic novel. Then, DC ordered the entire plot restructured which resulted in many pages of the story being rearranged out of Kirby's intended reading order.
From 1985 to 1987, DC also published 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 series
|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|
DC Science Fiction Graphic Novel series
|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|
- Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Volume 4 (collects DC Graphic Novel #4: "The Hunger Dogs", 424 pages, March 2008, ISBN 1-4012-1583-1)
- DC Graphic Novel at the Grand Comics Database
- Evanier, Mark (2008). Kirby: King of Comics. New York, New York: Abrams Books. p. 200. ISBN 978-0810994478.
- Evanier, Mark (February 23, 2001). "Miracle Man". News From ME. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
- Evanier, Mark (September 16, 2006). "Ever the Source". News From ME. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014.
- Science Fiction Graphic Novel at the Grand Comics Database
- Daniels, Les (1995). "A Novel Approach: Comics With a Touch of Class". DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. New York, New York: Bulfinch Press. p. 208. ISBN 0821220764.
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.
- Julius Schwartz (editor) at the Grand Comics Database