* ExecutiveMeddling:
** Toward the end of ''The Forever People'', DC editorial forced Kirby to include Comicbook/{{Deadman}} as a supporting character.
** The Hunger Dogs. After being hired to give an end to the story of the New Gods but being forbidden to write the ending he had planned (with Orion and Darkseid dying, Kirby turned in a 24 page story called "On The Road To Armaghetto". The story (Orion goes to Apokolips to stop turncoat New God Esak from creating a new doomsday device for Darkseid) effectively gave no ending whatsoever to the storyline and was rejected). A deal was then struck to give Kirby a 64 page graphic novel to wrap up his story, but on top of the "No killing Orion and Darkseid" edict, DC also ordered Desaad, Kalibak, and Steppenwolf resurrected as they were to be included in the Super Powers toyline that was being released. Further complicating things was the decision by DC to make Kirby rework and incorporate the already finished pages of "On the Road To Armaghetto" into the graphic novel and then rearranged the page order, against Kirby's will.
*** Some of this is disputed by Mark Evanier in his afterword to ''Jack Kirby's Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 4''. According to him, it was Kirby that didn't want to bring Darkseid and Orion BackForTheDead.
* RealitySubtext: Mister Miracle and Big Barda's relationship is based on the one Kirby had with his own wife. Some have suggested that the entirety of the New Gods were a metaphor for the Cold War and the Vietnam War.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: On the one hand, see WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants below. On the other hand, a scene near the end of Kirby's run on ''Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen'' where Superman meets Highfather was going to be a much larger story where Superman would be tempted to remain in Supertown - [[IJustWantToBeNormal because there he's just a normal guy.]]
* WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants: The way Mark Evanier tells it, Kirby had a plan for his series...it's just that the details were liable to change at a moments notice.