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Lucifer


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Publisher Vertigo
DC Comics
First appearance Dream: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #65 (December 1962)
Historical: DC Special Series #8 (February 1978)
Modern: The Sandman #4 (April 1989)
Created by Neil Gaiman
Sam Kieth
Mike Dringenberg
Characteristics
Alter ego Samael
Team
affiliations
The Host
The Triumvirate of Hell
Notable aliases Lucifer Morningstar
Lightbringer
Atse'Hashke
The Maker
The Mocker
Abilities Relative omnipotence
Master manipulator
Infinite will
The Demiurgic power

Lucifer is a comic book published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. The series concerns the adventures of the fallen angel Lucifer Morningstar on Earth, in Heaven and through other realms of creation. Lucifer also appears a supporting character in issues of The Demon. Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... The cover of Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen is the title of a comic book series published by DC Comics was published from October of 1954 until March of 1974, spanning a total of 163 issues featuring the adventures of Superman with a special... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... Sam Kieth is a writer and illustrator of comic books. ... Death, from The Sandman #8, drawn by Mike Dringenberg Mike Dringenberg is a French/American comics artist best known for his work on DC/Vertigos Sandman series with writer Neil Gaiman. ... Samael is an important figure in Talmudic and post-Talmudic lore, a figure who is accuser, seducer, and destroyer. ... Omnipotence (literally, all power) is power with no limits or inexhaustible, in other words, unlimited power. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... This article is about imprints in publishing. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... It has been suggested that Evil Angels be merged into this article or section. ... This article is about the star or fallen angel. ... This article is about Earth as a planet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ...

Contents

Sandman continuity

In the earlier related series The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, Lucifer abandoned his lordship over Hell. While Lucifer had previously appeared in various stereotypical guises in earlier DC books, Gaiman's version was unique and premised on English poet and prose writer John Milton's Paradise Lost (And it could be mentioned that at his earliest appearance in the Sandman he looked extremely like a young David Bowie). In the Sandman series, Lucifer had ruled as lord of Hell for ten billion years. Over that time, he had manipulated the various demons of Hell against each other, provided a place for dead mortals to be tormented, and led the war against Heaven. However, at some point during his rule, he had become bored with his existence. He became tired of the various stereotypes that mortals held of the devil, such as the idea that he purchased and traded for souls, which were largely untrue. He had become tired of his reign over Hell, and felt it an unfair punishment that he should have to rule there forever simply because he once rebelled. In the Sandman story Season of Mists, Lucifer expels all demons and damned souls from Hell before locking Hell's gates and handing over the key to Hell to Dream of the Endless, the title character of The Sandman series. Eventually, control of Hell was handed over to two Angels, Duma (the angel of silence) and Remiel ("who stumbled rather than fell"), while Lucifer simply retired to Earth, specifically to Perth, Western Australia. The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... For other uses, see Hell (disambiguation). ... For other persons named John Milton, see John Milton (disambiguation). ... Title page of the first edition (1667) Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton. ... Season of Mists (1992) is the fourth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt and P. Craig Russell, coloured by Steve Oliff and Danny Vozzo, and lettered by... Cover of The Sandman #1, by Dave McKean. ... The Perth skyline viewed from the Swan River This article is about the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia. ...


Solo ongoing series

Written by Mike Carey, Lucifer's story continues. Now running a piano bar (an element introduced in the Sandman story The Kindly Ones) called "Lux" in Los Angeles with the assistance of his Lilim female consort, Mazikeen, Lucifer is portrayed as sophisticated and almost charming, similar to the stereotypical Christian devil. Beneath his charisma, however, Lucifer is a deadly and Machiavellian character, with no regard for human life or indeed anyone or anything but himself: a proud and vindictive fallen angel who has no qualms using powers second only to those of his father, Yahweh. In fact, during the fourth book of the Sandman series, Lucifer is described as having been the wisest, most beautiful and most powerful of all the angels in heaven. Despite his egotistic and narcissistic tendencies, he does follow something akin to a code of honor, refusing to lie (which he considers crass and undignified), insisting on paying back debts, and keeping his word. Mike Carey is the writer of the Eisner Award nominated Lucifer and Hellblazer, comic book titles published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. ... The Kindly Ones (1996) is the ninth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... In the comic book Lucifer, Mazikeen is the war leader of the Lilim, a race traced back to Lilith. ... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... The Devil, on the central gate of Notre-Dame de Paris, 1225, France. ... Machiavellianism is primarily the term some social and personality psychologists use to describe a persons tendency to deceive and manipulate others for personal gain. ... Tetragrammaton redirects here. ... In philosophy, two different theories are labeled egoism: psychological egoism is the view that one is always motivated to act in ones own best interests, while ethical egoism is the view that one ought to always act that way. ... Narcissism is the pattern of traits and behaviors which involve infatuation and obsession with ones self to the exclusion of others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of ones gratification, dominance and ambition. ... Honor (or honor) comprises the reputation, self-perception or moral identity of an individual or of a group. ...


As the series opened in 1999, Lucifer's "restful" retirement was disturbed by a series of associates from his past, and after various catalytic events, he endeavored to create a universe in competition with (and presumably against the wishes of) his father, Yahweh. This puts him on a collision course with several powerful mystical entities that have a vested interest in the new creation and draws the angelic host into the fray - including his brother, the archangel Michael Demiurgos. Tetragrammaton redirects here. ... Michael Demiurgos is a principal character in the Lucifer series by DC comics, and is a creation of Mike Carey. ...


The series paralleled Sandman in several ways, with epic fantasy stories being told in arcs separated by oneshot episodes depicting a smaller, more personal tale. Unlike Sandman, the series has had a consistent art team of Peter Gross and Ryan Kelly, with the odd issues illustrated by a variety of artists, but mostly Dean Ormston. The title's 50th issue was penciled by P. Craig Russell, homaging Sandman #50. Structurally, aside from the meeting in Hell that Lucifer arranges with angel Amenadiel in much the same way Dream did with himself in the pages of Sandman, the series follows its own path. Being what it is, many Gods appear, with greater focus on Judeo-Christian religion (as viewed by John Milton in Paradise Lost), Japanese and Nordic mythology than in Sandman. As for the Endless themselves, all but Destruction, Desire and Despair appear, but their appearances are small and very rare. Ryan Kelly (born January 29, 1976) is an American comic book artist living in Saint Paul, MN. He graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1998 where he studied under comic book artist Peter Gross. ... Philip Craig Russell, a. ...


Cover art has changed hands, going from Duncan Fegredo to Christopher Moeller and eventually Michael William Kaluta. Strangely, the letters are inconsistent, with the first half of the series carrying particularly established fonts of Gaudium, Michael and God only to drop almost all of them save Lucifer's towards the end with numerous changes in the letterers. Duncan Fegredo is a comic book artist born in Leicester in 1968. ... Christopher Moeller (born May 1, 1963) is a writer and painter, specializing in fully-painted graphic novels. ... Michael William Kaluta, or Mike Kaluta, (born August 25, 1947) is an American comic book artist. ...


The links to DC universe are very sparse, consisting of mainly Lucifer at one point during "Gods and monsters" storyline leaving to the end of the universe and shown referencing Jack Kirby's New Gods mythology, via the Wall and the Source. No superheroes are shown, named or implied to exist, with even Vertigo mythology sans Sandman getting very small mentions contained in one-panel appearance of Swamp Thing and a surprise showing of its counterpart in Lucifer's cosmos. Hellblazer's John Constantine appears in "Gods and monsters" in a very small role, discussing the plot but not actively participating in it. Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... The New Gods are a fictional race published by DC Comics, as well as the title for four series of comics about those characters. ... The Source Wall is a fictional structure in the DC Comics universe. ... For other uses, see Swamp Thing (disambiguation). ... John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ...


The series ended in June 2006 with issue #75 and has thus far been collected in eleven books, with a standalone story (Lucifer: Nirvana) published as a smaller graphic novel. The series' parent title, The Sandman, also ran for 75 issues. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ...


Earlier versions of Lucifer in DC Comics

  • In Weird Mystery Tales #4 (Jan-Feb 1973), a story by Jack Oleck and Rubeny depicts Lucifer, looking much like his present incarnation, save for a few panels in which he appeared as a more traditional devil, held prisoner by an order of monks. It also presents a prisoner switch trick not unlike the one performed in The Sandman: Season of Mists, in addition to being hosted by Destiny. This story may or may not be considered in continuity, or have been an influence on Gaiman and Carey. In the story, Lucifer gave Philip Burton his form in order to trade places with him and fulfill his wish for immortality. Lucifer walked away in the body of the elderly Burton.

Weird Mystery Tales was a mystery (horror) anthology from DC Comics, which ran from July 1972-November 1975. ... The Devil, on the central gate of Notre-Dame de Paris, 1225, France. ... St. ... Season of Mists (1992) is the fourth collection of issues in the DC Comics series, The Sandman, written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Matt Wagner, Dick Giordano, George Pratt and P. Craig Russell, coloured by Steve Oliff and Danny Vozzo, and lettered by... Destiny is one of the Endless, fictional characters from Neil Gaimans comic book series, The Sandman. ... The cover of Supermans Pal Jimmy Olsen #1 Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen is the title of a comic book series published by DC Comics was published from October of 1954 until March of 1974, spanning a total of 163 issues featuring the adventures of Superman with a special... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... The Brave and the Bold is a DC Comics comic book that is currently in monthly publication in a second volume. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... For other uses, see Deadman (disambiguation). ... // Overview Sgt. ...

Collections

Lucifer is reprinted in the following volumes:

  1. Lucifer: The Devil In The Gateway, contains introductory 3-issue miniseries The Sandman Presents: Lucifer, and issues 1-4 of the ongoing series (ISBN 1-84023-299-4)
  2. Lucifer: Children and Monsters, issues 5-13 (ISBN 1-84023-391-5)
  3. Lucifer: A Dalliance With The Damned, issues 14-20 (ISBN 1-84023-470-9)
  4. Lucifer: The Divine Comedy, issues 21-28 (ISBN 1-84023-693-0)
  5. Lucifer: Inferno, issues 29-35 (ISBN 1-4012-0210-1)
  6. Lucifer: Mansions of the Silence, issues 36-41 (ISBN 1-4012-0249-7)
  7. Lucifer: Exodus, issues 42-44, 46-49 (ISBN 1-4012-0491-0)
  8. Lucifer: The Wolf Beneath the Tree, issues 45, 50-54 (ISBN 1-4012-0502-X)
  9. Lucifer: Crux, issues 55-61 (ISBN 1-4012-1005-8)
  10. Lucifer: Morningstar, issues 62-69 (ISBN 1-4012-1006-6)
  11. Lucifer: Evensong, issues 70-75 and the Nirvana one-shot (ISBN 1-4012-1200-X)

References

External links

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Lucifer (1655 words)
From the viewpoint of the Christian tradition, Lucifer is seen as having been second in command to God himself; he was the highest archangel in heaven, but he was motivated by pride and greed to rebel against God and was cast out of heaven, followed by a third of the host of heaven.
Lucifer is a poetic name for the "morning star", a close translation of the Greek eosphoros, the "Dawn-bringer", which appears in the Odyssey and in Hesiod's Theogony.
Lucifer was supposed to shine so bright because it wanted to take over the thrones or status of Saturn and Jupiter, both of which were considered most important by the worshippers of planetary dieties at the time.
Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway - PopMatters Comic Book Review (999 words)
Lucifer, bored, agreed; for his trouble, he requested from the Almighty a "letter of passage" — a document that would allow Lucifer to return to the realm of his choice, either Heaven or Hell.
Nor is Lucifer the Spectre, the superheroic manifestation of God's wrath that appears regularly in the mainstream DC Universe.
The sole concession from DC to Johnny-come-latelys is a trade paperback, Lucifer: Devil in the Gateway, which is due in May and compiles the initial mini-series and the first four issues of the ongoing series.
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