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Since the New Gods were introduced in 1971, by Jack "The King" Kirby. They have been featured in several comic book series. Here are (more or less) all of them.

Kirby introduced the Fourth World, the "universe" which houses the New Gods, in the pages of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen via a brief cameo by Darkseid in #134. In subsequent issues, Darkseid loomed over the characters with two weapons: the Earth-based, yet Apokolips-armed, Intergang; and two of Darkseid's "monster-makers" from Apokolips, Mokkari and Simyan. But with the help of Superman himself, the heroes triumphed. By the time Kirby left the book (a run that featured more than just Fourth World threats), Intergang remained a part of the Superman mythos, while Mokkari and Simyan were blown up in their "Evil Factory" (they would later be cloned by mad scientist Dabney Donovan).

Shortly after his run on Jimmy Olsen began, the Fourth World titles were launched. They consisted of The Forever People, Mr. Miracle, and The New Gods.

The New Gods
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Jack KirbyOrion, Lightray, Metron, Highfather, Darkseid., Desaad, Kalibak, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman
#2Orion, Darkseid, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman, Desaad, Brola, Lightray, Deep Six, Mantis
#3Orion, Lightray, Black Racer, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman
#4Orion, Metron, Black Racer, Darkseid, Kalibak, Seagrin, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman, Esak, Slig of the Deep Six
#5Orion, Deep Six, Metron, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman, Kalibak, Fastbak, Highfather
#6Orion, Lightray, Deep Six, Vykin
#7Darkseid, Highfather, Avia, Steppenwolf, Heggra, Metron, Tigra, Orion, Mr. Miracle, Fastbak, Black Racer
#8Orion, Kalibak, Victor Lanza, Claudia Shane, Dave Lincoln, Harvey Lockman
#9Orion, Lightray, Forager, Eve Donner, Queen-Widow, Prime-One, Mantis
#10Orion, Lightray, Mantis, Forager, Dave Lincoln
#11Orion, Lightray, Kalibak, Black Racer, Darkseid, Desaad, Dave Lincoln,

Jack Kirby's run ended in 1972. Five years later, the New Gods returned in First Issue Special #13 and then in a book under a new title with the same numbering system.

Return of the New Gods
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#12Gerry ConwayDon NewtonOrion, Metron, Lonar, Lightray, Jezebelle, Forager, Darksaeid, Maxwell Torch, Don Bradford, Nomak, Lorraine Hampton, Richard Roe, Debbi Drake
#13Orion, Metron, Highfather, Esak, Darkseid, Lightray, Maxwell Torch, Slig, Jaffar
#14Orion, Darkseid, Dr. Bedlam, Jezebelle, Forager, Highfather, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Maxwell Torch, Don Bradford, Esak, Gorgon
#15Rich BucklerOrion, Jezebelle, Highfather, Lonar, Forager, Lightray, Lucifar, Darkseid, Nomak, Maxwell Torch, Richard Roe, Debbi Drake
#16Don NewtonOrion, Jezebelle, Forager, Lightray, Highfather, Darkseid, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Maxwell Torch, Titan, Gorgon, Esak
#17Orion, Jezebelle, Darkseid, Highfather, Forager, Desaad, Maxwell Torch, Titan, Lucifar
#18Orion, Jezebelle, Forager, Highfather, Metron, Lightray, Lucifar, Darkseid, Desaad, Kalibak, Brola, Bane, Don Bradford, Maxwell Torch, Lorraine Hampton, Richard Roe, Debbi Drake, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane
#19Darkseid, Desaad, Orion, Jezebelle, Forager, Metron, Lightray, Highfather, Antagonist, Maxwell Torch, Lorraine Hampton, Don Bradford, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Richard Roe

This run of the New Gods, which saw new human hosts of the anti-life equation and the death of Lonar, has been ignored by writers over time (in particular, Jack Kirby in his Hunger Dogs graphic novel). So characters and events that occurred within this series, and in appearances like First Issue Special #13 and this story's conclusion in Adventure Comics #459 & #460, are most likely out of continuity; that is, they never really happened...

First Issue Special#13Orion, Highfather, Forager, Darkseid, Kalibak, Dr. BedlamDennis O'Neil/Mike Vosburg
Adventure Comics#459-460Orion, Highfather, Darkseid, Desaad, Lightray, Forager, Jezebelle, Metron, Antagonist, Don Bradford, Maxwell Torch, Richard Roe, Debbi Drake, Lorraine HamptonGerry Conway/Don Newton

The world of the New Gods was not just limited to this one title. In 1971, Kirby also headed up the launch of the Forever People and Mister Miracle.

Forever People
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Jack KirbyBeautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Infinity Man, Darkseid
#2Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Desaad, Mantis, Don Bergman, Infinity Man, Darkseid
#3Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Glorious Godfrey, Infinity Man, Darkseid, Desaad, Don Bergman
#4Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Desaad, Darkseid, Sonny Sumo
#5Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Sonny Sumo, Darkseid, Desaad, Lonar
#6Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Glorious Godfrey, Sonny Sumo, Darkseid, Desaad
#7Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Highfather, Esak, Metron, Glorious Godfrey, Lonar, Orion
#8Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Darkseid, Desaad
#9Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black
#10
#11Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Vykin the Black, Devilance the Pursuer, Infinity Man, Darkseid, Desaad

Mister Miracle
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Jack KirbyMr. Miracle, Oberon, Thaddeus Brown, Steel Hand
#2Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Granny Goodness
#3Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Dr. Bedlam
#4Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Dr. Bedlam
#5Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Virman Vundabar, Hydrik, Klepp
#6Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Funky Flashman, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth, Stompa
#7Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Granny Goodness, Kanto, Lump, Hoogin
#8Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, Lump, Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, Bernadeth, Gilotina, Kanto, Virman Vundabar, Tigra
#9Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Granny Goodness, Himon, Auralie, Kreetin, Zep, Protector Willik, Metron, Darkseid
#10Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet, Stompa, Oberon, Ted Brown
#11Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Dr. Bedlam, Lashina, Bernadeth, Stompa, Ted Brown
#12Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Lashina, Bernadeth, Stompa, Ted Brown
#13Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown
#14Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Lashina, Stompa, Ted Brown
#15Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown, Shilo Norman
#16Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman, Ted Brown
#17Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman
#18Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman, Granny Goodness, Kanto, Virman Vundabar, Dr. Bedlam, Orion, Lightray, Highfather, Darkseid, Metron

Jack Kirby's run on the Forever People, like the New Gods, ended in 1972, with the Forever People stranded in an alternate dimension, after the death of Infinity Man in combat with Devilance the Pursuer, a warrior of Apokolips.

But Kirby stayed on Mister Miracle until 1974. In 1977, the book was relaunched, with title and numbering system intact, and ran until it was cancelled in the infamous "DC Implosion" later that year.

Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#19Steve EnglehartMarshall RogersMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Highfather, Dr. Bedlamn, Kanto, Granny Goodness, Virman Vundabar, Oberon
#20Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Dr. Bedlam, Kanto, Granny Goodness, Virman Vundabar, Oberon
#21Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Himon, Darkseid, Granny Goodness
#22Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Darkseid, Highfather, Himon, Kanto
#23Steve GerberMike GoldenMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Orion, Highfather
#24Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Himon, Highfather, Ted Brown
#25Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Alianna, Granny Goodness, Ted Brown, Darkseid

In 1977, after the cancellation of Mister Miracle, the New Gods family was basically homeless. They made various appearances in DC comics over the next 10 years, but there were not many significant events which involved the New Gods at all.

"In 1981, after stepping out of animation, Jack Kirby made a triumphant return to comics in 1981. He bagan at Pacific Comics in a creator owned venture. He wrote 13 issues of Captain Victory, which was obviously Orion's son. Their were many implications of his Fourth World. (Check out The Jack Kirby Collector #6. It is all-New Gods issue and talks at length about Captain Victory as related to New Gods and Fourth world.) Jack admited to many close colleagues that Captain Victory was Orion's son, the reason he was doing this a bit more covertly was because he didn't own his Fourth World creations at DC. Then DC called him and asked him to return to finish his saga. He returned and he wrote a finished part to the color New Gods reprint. Then he did a standard 24 page Hunger Dogs. There were some editorial problems because it seemed Jack wanted to kill of Orion or Darkseid...well no one knows for sure. So DC was afraid to tell Jack that they didn't want to lose publishable characters but they wanted to have him finish his epic. Obviously this would be a confict of interest as they wanted to use Darkseid in Super Powers. So they rearranged the original pages of the Hunger Dogs and had Jack write and draw extra pages. That is why only some of the pages, the original, are inked by Royer. And you'll notice huge Techno Kirby borders added to the regular comic size original pages in the Graphic Novel. Anyway, as compensation, DC began the Super Powers figures and Series. DC gave Kirby several sizable checks for the outstanding toy sales and thanking him."
My thanks to Stephen Michael Menendian for this addition to the New Gods Library!

In 1984, Kirby's run on the New Gods was reprinted in a Baxter format 6-issue run. The interesting part came when isue 6 came out: a new New Gods story! Not only was it new, but it led into Jack Kirby's graphic novel work, "The Hunger Dogs," released that same year. This was, technically, Kirby's conclusion to the New Gods saga, but two problems occurred:

  1. many people, even Kirby himself, admitted it wasn't the best ending there could have been, and...
  2. the "franchise" has generated a modest popularity that would keep the saga alive for years to come.
New Gods [reprint series] #6 - "Even Gods Must Die"Jack KirbyOrion, Stompa, Lashina, Mad Harriet, Bernadeth, Granny Goodness, Darkseid, Desaad, Lightray, Steppenwolf, Kalibak, Mantis, Tigra
Hunger Dogs/DC Graphic Novel #4Jack KirbyOrion, Darkseid, Himon, Bekka, Highfather, Lonar, Lightray, Esak, Metron

Click here for a recent discussion about this very subject on rec.arts.comics.dc.universe...

Then in 1987, the New Gods received a boost in attention and popularity. When Legends, which involved the evil plotting of Darkseid in an attempt to discredit the heroes of Earth, proved successful and led the way to a new Justice League book, Mister Miracle and Oberon became members of the new team. He received his own one-shot special that year, courtesy of Mark Evanier and Steve Rude.

Mr. Miracle special #1Mark EvanierSteve RudeMr. Miracle, Oberon, Big Barda, Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Funky Flashman, Kalibak, Desaad

A year later, Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola teamed to bring forth , which teamed various heroes of Earth with various New Gods of both New Genesis and Apokolips.

#1Jim StarlinMike MignolaOrion, Lightray, Darkseid, Highfather, Forager, Metron, Lonar, Desaad
#2Orion, Lightray, Darkseid, Highfather, Forager
#3Orion, Lightray, Darkseid, Highfather, Forager
#4Orion, Lightray, Darkseid, Highfather, Forager, Desaad

The mini-series (which introduced some things that have been "retconned" by others, namely the anti-life being) resulted in the launch of a brand new New Gods title, which ran from 1988 to 1990.

The New Gods vol.2
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Mark EvanierParis CullinsOrion, Lightray, Fastbak, Highfather, Darkseid, Desaad, Metron, Kalibak, Eve Donner, Wilson Gilmore, Jezebelle
#2Jim StarlinOrion, Lightray, Metron, Highfather, Mantis, Queen-Widow, Prime-One, Forager II
#3Orion, Darkseid, Highfather, Commander, Lonar, Teledar, Madame Nature, Queen-Widow, Prime-One, Eve Donner, Lightray, Desaad, Iota, Cyborg-87
#4Orion, Forager II, Mantis, Lightray, Eve Donner, Desaad
#5Mark EvanierOrion, Forager II, Mantis, Darkseid, Lightray, Eve Donner, Desaad
#6Orion, Darkseid, Desaad, Highfather, Commander, Lonar, Teledar, Madame Nature, Lightray, Eve Donner, Dave Lincoln
#7Orion, Highfather, Darkseid, Lightray, Commander, Desaad, Kalibak
#8Orion, Highfather, Kalibak, Darkseid, Desaad, Tracker, Commander, Lightray, Harvey Lockman, Jovita, Dave Lincoln
#9Orion, Metron, Lightray, Jovita, Tracker
#10Orion, Darkseid, Kalibak, Desaad, Lightray, Tracker, Concord & Harmon
#11Orion, Highfather, Jovita, Darkseid, Desaad, Metron, Concord & Harmon, Commander
#12Orion, Darkseid, Jovita, Kalibak, Desaad, Highfather, Commander, Metron, Lightray, Tigra
#13Orion, Lightray, Eve Donner, Highfather, Dave Lincoln, Reflekktor
#14Orion, Reflekktor, Lightray, Eve Donner
#15Orion, Darkseid, Desaad, Dave Lincoln
#16Rick HobergOrion, Lightray, Darkseid, Metron, Fastbak, Highfather, Infernius
#17Paris CullinsOrion, Highfather, Lightray, Darkseid, Yuga Khan, Commander, Eve Donner, Dave Lincoln, Lump, Necromina
#18Orion, Lightray, Victor Lanza, Necromina, Mr. Miracle, Eve Donner, Highfather, Black Racer, Dave Lincoln
#19Rick HobergOrion, Yuga Khan, Darkseid, Desaad, Metron, Highfather, Victor Lanza, Black Racer, Concord, Dave Lincoln
#20Orion, Darkseid, Yuga Khan, Commander, Highfather, Desaad, Jovita, Lightray, Metron, Dave Lincoln
#21Darkseid, Orion, Highfather, Yuga Khan, Metron, Lightray, Eve Donner, Lump
#22Metron, Desdemona, Highfather, Steppenwolf, Orion, Lightray
#23Steve ErwinDarkseid, Ellis Ames, Agogg, Orion, Lightray, Desaad, Dave Lincoln
#24Orion, Lightray, Forever People, Maya, Tracker, E. Donald Rodman
#25Orion, Lightray, Forever People, Infinity Man, Maya, Darkseid, Desaad, E. Donald Rodman, Tracker, Black Racer
#26Rick HobergOrion, Tracker, Darkseid, Desaad, Lightray, Metron, Necromina, Randall Rodman
#27Orion, Lightray, Darkseid, Dispatcher, Highfather, Metron
#28Orion, Lightray, Metron, Highfather, Dispatcher, Anne Flaherty

Mister Miracle also enjoyed a surge in popularity thanks to his involvement in the (quite entertaining and amusing) Justice League title, which changed names from Justice League to Justice League International to Justice League America (then Justice League Europe was introduced, which later became Justice League International vol.2, but since ol' Scott Free wasn't part of that series, no further mention needs to be made)

He received his own series, his second, which ran from 1988 to 1991.

Mister Miracle vol.2
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1J.M. DeMatteisIan GibsonMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Dr. Bedlam
#2Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Dr. Bedlam, Highfather,
#3Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, the Dark, Highfather, Big Bear, Beautiful Dreamer, Vykin, Serifan, Mark Moonrider
#4Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, the Dark, Fyre, Highfather, Big Bear, Beautiful Dreamer, Vykin, Serifan, Mark Moonrider
#5Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, the Dark, Highfather, Big Bear, Beautiful Dreamer, Maya, Vykin, Serifan, Mark Moonrider
#6Mike McKoneMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon
#7Len WeinJoe PhillipsMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon
#8Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown
#9Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown
#10Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown
#11Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown, Head, Funky Flashman
#12Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown, Head, Funky Flashman
#13Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Funky Flashman, Big Barda
#14Doug MoenchMr. Miracle, Oberon, Funky Flashman, Big Barda, Gasle & Cutler
#15Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Funky Flashman, Big Barda, Gasle & Cutler
#16Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Funky Flashman, Big Barda, Gasle & Cutler, Ted Brown
#17Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Lashina, Bernadeth, Mad Harriet, Stompa, Artemis, Funky Flashman, Big Barda, Gasle & Cutler, Ted Brown
#18Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Darkseid, Granny Goodness, Lashina, Bernadeth, Mad Harriet, Stompa, Artemis, Funky Flashman, Big Barda, Gasle & Cutler
#19Mark BrightMr. Miracle, Oberon, Big Barda, Darkseid, Gasle & Cutler
#20Ian GibsonMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon
#21Joe PhillipsMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman
#22Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Shilo Norman
#23Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Shilo Norman, Funky Flashman
#24Ken HooperMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Shilo Norman, Lump, Fiona Leeway
#25Joe PhillipsBig Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Granny Goodness, Fiona Leeway
#26Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Shilo Norman, Big Barda, Fiona Leeway
#27Mr. Miracle, Shilo Norman, Oberon, Big Barda, Highfather, Orion, Lightray, Funky Flashman
#28Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Shilo Norman, Highfather, Big Breeda

The "resurrection" of the New Gods also included the Forever People's own limited series in 1988 (which preceded Mr. Miracle vol.2, as seen in Mr. Miracle's second story arc featuring characters introduced in this Forever People mini).

Forever People (limited series)
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1J.M. DeMatteisParis CullinsSerifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, the Dark
#2Serifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Maya, don bergman, the Dark
#3Serifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Fyre, Maya, don bergman, the Dark
#4Serifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Fyre, Maya, don bergman, the Dark
#5Serifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Infinity Man, Fyre, Maya, don bergman, the Dark
#6Serifan, Bautiful Dreamer, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Vykin, Fyre, Maya, don bergman, the Dark

After 1991, the New Gods family again had no titles of their own. But this time there seemed to be more various appearances throughout the DC Universe.

But that changed in 1995, when the New Gods were again given their own title.

Shortly after this title debuted, a one-shot special by Paul Kupperberg and Stefano Raffele, tying into the DCU's summer event "Underworld Unleashed," was released.

The New Gods vol.3
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Rachel Pollack & Tom PeyerLuke RossOrion, Kalibak, Darkseid, Metron, Highfather, Desaad, Granny Goodness
#2Orion, Darkseid, Highfather, Metron
#3Orion, Lightray, Metron, Highfather, Mother Herrae, K'zandr
#4Orion, Lightray, Highfather, Desaad, Pythia, Metron
#5Orion, Lightray, Highfather, Mother Herrae, Granny Goodness, Metron, Aarden, Sserpa
#6Rachel PollackOrion, Lightray, Mother Herrae, Atinai, Highfather, Darkseid, Dr. Bedlam, Kalibak, Desaad
#7Stefano RaffaelleOrion, Highfather, Darkseid, Lightray, Atinai, K'zandr, Desaad
#8Dean ZacharyOrion, Lightray, Highfather, Darkseid, Atinai, S'ivaa, Sserpa, Aarden
#9Keith GiffenOrion, Metron, Highfather, Darkseid, Atinai, Mother Herrae, S'ivaa, Desaad
#10Stefano RaffaelleOrion, Darkseid, Highfather, Lightray, Desaad, S'ivaa, Aarden, Sserpa
#11Sergio CarielloOrion, S'ivaa, Darkseid, Highfather, Lightray, Metron, Mother Herrae, Atinai, Desaad, Granny Goodness

With issue #11, a change in the guard took place. John Byrne, who revamped Superman and was also known to change the face of the comic books he took over, took control of the New Gods with #12.

Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#12John ByrneMetron, Orion, Lightray, Highfather, Darkseid, Takion
#13Metron, Takion, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Orion, Victor Lanza, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Harvey Lockman, Desaad
#14Orion, Desaad, Victor Lanza, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Harvey Lockman, Forever People, Takion, Metron, Lightray, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Highfather, Darkseid
#15Darkseid, Takion, Metron, Highfather, Victor Lanza, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Harvey Lockman, Forever People, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Lightray

In 1995, another player in the "New Gods game" was introduced: Takion, a human who, thanks to Highfather, became a living embodiment of the Source.

Takion
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Paul KupperbergAaron LoprestiTakion, Highfather
#2Takion, Stayne, Darkseid (in the shadows)
#3Takion, Highfather
#4Takion, Arzaz
#5Takion, Highfather
#6Takion, Arzaz
#7Takion, Lightray, Arzaz, Nameless One

To add to this "New Gods frenzy," Mister Miracle was again given his own series.

Mister Miracle vol.3
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Kevin DooleySteve CrespoMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Orion, Lightray, Highfather, Black Racer, Volka, Granny Goodness, Myt, Vek
#2Mr. Miracle, Granny Goodness, Kalibak, Steppenwolf, Black Racer, Enkar, Avia, Big Barda, Lightray
#3Mr. Miracle, Lightray, Big Barda, Kalibak, Steppenwolf, Granny Goodness
#4Mr. Miracle, Steppenwolf, Kalibak, Granny Goodness, Big Barda, Black Racer, Highfather, Darkseid, Myt, Volka, Vek
#5Marshall RogersMr. Miracle, Oberon, Big Barda
#6Mike Collins & Marshall RogersBig Barda, Mr. Miracle, Oberon
#7Steve CrespoMr. Miracle, Oberon, Hoogin, Sting

These three titles, which all debuted in 1995, were cancelled in 1996. However all was not lost; not by a longshot. The cancellations of these books were done so that a single New Gods comic book, featuring the main players of these three books, would be published. The series, with "the King's" name right in the title, started up in 1997.

Jack Kirby's Fourth World
(Text in this pinky-lavender color indicates back-up story creative team)
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1John ByrneJohn ByrneTakion, Highfather, Avia, Steppenwolf, Darkseid, Tigra, Vayla, Granny Goodness, Mr. Miracle, Orion
#2John Byrne/John ByrneJohn Byrne/John ByrneMetron, Forever People, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Tigra, Lightray, Thor, Kalkus/Drax, Uxas/Darkseid, Desaad
#3Darkseid, Lightray, Takion, Granny Goodness, Kanto, Highfather, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Tigra, Victor Lanza, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Harvey Lockman, Forever People, Christine Little, Thor, Odin, Metron/Drax, Uxas/Darkseid, Heggra, Desaad
#4Victor Lanza, Dave Lincoln, Claudia Shane, Harvey Lockman, Lightray, Big Barda, Forever People, Metron, Highfather, Mr. Miracle, Thor, Takion, Black Racer, Orion/Drax, Uxas/Darkseid, Desaad
#5Lashina, Bernadeth, Mad Harriet, Stompa, Metron, Forever People, Orion, Highfather, Takion, Lightray, Big Barda, Darkseid, Ted Brown, Shilo Norman, Christine Little/Uxas/Darkseid, Desaad, Heggra, Tigra
#6Kalibak, Darkseid, Lonar, Celestia, Lightray, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Stompa, Bernadeth, Takion, Highfather, Orion, Big Barda, Forever People, Mr. Miracle, Shilo Norman, Ted Brown, Tigra, Kalkus, Desaad/Mr. Miracle, Fancy Goodbody
#7Lightray, Takion, Desaad, Highfather, Darkseid, Dave Lincoln, Victor Lanza, Black Racer, Orion, Forever People, Valkyra/Mr. Miracle, Fancy Goodbody
#8Forever People. Highfather, Odin, Big Barda, Mr. Miracle, Orion, Lightray/Metron, Mr. Miracle
#9John Byrne/Walt SimonsonJohn Byrne/Walt SimonsonDesaad, Granny Goodness, Virman Vundabar, Kanto, Kalibak, Lightray, Orion, Tigra/Granny Goodness, Iluthin/Kanto, Kanto-13
#10Big Barda, Orion, Big Bear, Beautiful Dreamer, Lightray, Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Christine Little, Ted Brown, Shilo Norman, Metron, Desaad, Tigra, Takion/Iluthin/Kanto, Kanto-13, Claudia
#11Orion, Valkyra, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Metron, Desaad, Beautiful Dreamer, Takion/Iluthin/Kanto, Claudia, Kanto-13
#12John ByrneMr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon, Ted Brown, Christine Little, Shilo Norman, Takion, Beautiful Dreamer, Metron, Desaad, Orion, Lightray, Valkyra
#13John Byrne/Walt SimonsonJohn Byrne/Walt SimonsonTakion, Beautiful Dreamer, Metron, Desaad, Prodigan/Iluthin/Kanto, Kanto-13, Darkseid
#14John Byrne/John ByrneJohn Byrne/Ron WagnerTakion, Beautiful Dreamer, Metron, Desaad, Prodigan, Black Racer/Himon, Metron, Darkseid
#15Ted Brown, Dave Lincoln, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Sister Sunlight/Heggra, Metron, Darkseid, Desaad, Steppenwolf
#16Black Racer, Kalibak, Forever People, Metron, Lightray, Takion, Tigra/Metron, Darkseid, Himon
#17John ByrneMetron, Tigra, Valkyra, Orion, Ted Brown, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Kalibak, Black Racer, Forever People, Drax
#18John Byrne/John ByrneJohn Byrne/John ByrneMetron, Orion, Takion, Granny Goodness, Virman Vundabar, Desaad, Kanto, Kalibak, Tigra, Darkseid/Drax/Infinity Man, Astorr/Infinity Man the First
#19Takion, Darkseid, Desaad, Virman Vundabar, Kanto, Granny Goodness, Lightray, Forever People, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Highfather, Orion/Highfather, Forever People, Valkyra, Drax/Infinity Man
#20John ByrneForever People, Darkseid, Infinity Man, Highfather, Orion

In early 1998, John Byrne announced his departure from DC, which resulted in a changing of the guard at Wonder Woman, his other regular DC title, and the cancellation of Jack Kirby's Fourth World. But again fans of the New Gods needed not to sorrow in the abandonment of the folks of New Genesis and Apokolips: Walt Simonson, who provided cover art for JKFW, was announced to be Byrne's replacement (Byrne himself said, somewhere, that if anyone else should do the New Gods, it should be Walt Simonson; I guess DC listened.)

In April 2000, his run began. :)

Orion
Issue #WriterArtistCharacters
#1Walt SimonsonOrion, Darkseid, Desaad, Lightray, Kalibak, Tigra, Justeen
#2Orion, Darkseid, Desaad, Tigra, Joatt & Saraday, Captain Hathak
#3Walt SimonsonWalt Simonson/Frank MillerOrion, Darkseid, Desaad, Tigra, Takion/Alba, Lakutha
#4Walt Simonson/Dave GibbonsOrion, Darkseid, Desaad, Kalibak, Kanto, Takion, Billion-Dollar Bates, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider, Beautiful Dreamer/Lightray, Tatheta
#5Walt SimonsonOrion, Darkseid, Desaad, Kalibak, Kanto, Lightray, Glorious Godfrey, Fastbak, Esak, Granny Goodness, Lonar, Devilance the Pursuer, Mantis, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Vykin, Serifan, Beautiful Dreamer, Big Barda, Mr. Miracle, Oberon, Bernadeth, Lashina, Stompa, Mad Harriet, Dr. Bedlam, Himon, Amazing Grace, Takion, Mortalla, Justeen, Hoogin, Klepp, Infinity Man, Stanga the Hermit, Shaligo, Jaffar, Pyron, Slig, Trok, Gole, Odin, Jack Kirby
#6Walt Simonson/Eric StephensonWalt Simonson/Erik LarsenOrion, Lightray, Mortalla, Kanto, Kalibak, Desaad, Takion/Darkseid
#7Walt SimonsonOrion, Mortalla, Kalibak, Desaad, Skrok
#8Walt Simonson/Jeph LoebWalt Simonson/Rob LiefeldOrion, Mortalla, Desaad, Granny Goodness, Justeen, Kanto/Mantis, Big Bear, Mark Moonrider
#9Walt SimonsonOrion, Mortalla, Mark Moonrider, Big Bear, Serifan, Beautiful Dreamer, Lightray, Takion, Mantis, Desaad, Ericht
#10Walt SimonsonOrion, Sirius, Desaad, Lightray, Meteorra, Antinoos
#11Walt SimonsonOrion, Desaad, Lightray, Meteorra
#12Walt SimonsonOrion, Lightray, Desaad, Granny Goodness, Meteorra, Takion, Red-One, Mortalla, Darkseid, Pythia, Gedirath
#13Walt SimonsonJohn ByrneOrion, Meteorra, Lightray, Metron, Darkseid, Gedirath, Mortalla, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Oberon
#14Walt SimonsonJohn ByrneOrion, Mortalla, Meteorra/Justeen, Lightray, Metron, Darkseid, Gedirath, Pythia, "Black Racer 2"
#15Walt SimonsonOrion, Darkseid, Lightray, Metron, "Black Racer 2", Desaad, Canis Major, Canis Minor
#16Walt SimonsonOrion, Clockwerx, Ecruos, "Tigra"
#17Walt SimonsonOrion, Clockwerx, Ecruos, "Tigra"
#18Walt SimonsonOrion, Clockwerx, Canis Major, Darkseid, Control, Sleeth, Plackk, Blistom
#19Walt SimonsonOrion, Slig, Darkseid, Mortalla
#20Walt SimonsonOrion, Slig, Darkseid
#21Walt SimonsonOrion, Lightray, Metron
#22Walt SimonsonOrion
#23Walt SimonsonOrion
#24Walt SimonsonOrion, Metron, Darkseid, Mortalla, Justeen
#25Walt SimonsonOrion, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Metron, Darkseid, Mortalla, Justeen

Sadly, in May 2002, Walt's run ended, as did ORION.


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