Thursday Trending Topics: John Constantine

Posted by November 9, 2012 Comment

I’ve seen many people reflecting on what a great run Hellblazer has had, upon hearing the news today that it will be ending and replaced by a New 52 title for the character. I’ve long been a fan of the character and of many of the creators who have told his stories (something a few of you have gathered from the fact that Avatar has worked with 4 writers who have contributed significantly to the character), so as we’re pondering a new beginning for the John Constantine, here’s something about his original beginning that Alan Moore told William Christensen and myself for a Wizard article 20 years ago:

One of those early notes was they both wanted to do a character that looked like Sting. I think DC is terrified that Sting will sue them, although Sting has seen the character and commented in Rolling Stone that he thought it was great. He was very flattered to have a comic character who looked like him, but DC gets nervous about these things. They started to eradicate all traces of references in the introduction of the early Swamp Thing books to John Constantine’s resemblance to Sting. But I can state categorically that the character only existed because Steve and John wanted to do a character that looked like Sting. Having been given that challenge, how could I fit Sting into Swamp Thing ? I have an idea that most of the mystics in comics are generally older people, very austere, very proper, very middle class in a lot of ways. They are not at all functional on the street. It struck me that it might be interesting for once to do an almost blue-collar warlock. Somebody who was streetwise, working class, and from a different background than the standard run of comic book mystics. Constantine started to grow out of that.

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What Has DC Comics Done To Alfred? 

Here’s a preview, courtesy of DC BFF BuzzFeed, of Batman #14. Feel free to read. Unless you really, really like Alfred…

Chris Bachalo Talks Uncanny, Won’t Say The Word X-Men, Says It Will Be A Little Darker… 

On his blog, Chris Bachalo talks about working on his new comic with Brian Bendis, teased with the word “Uncanny”, with two issues in February, though Bacahlo is careful to only refer to it as only that, not mentioning “Uncanny X-Men”.

DC Cancels Its Longest Running Series, Hellblazer, And Replaces It With New 52 Title, Constantine

DC are cancelling Hellblazer, the Vertigo mature reader title that has been running since the eighties when it spun off from Swamp Thing. And replacing it with Constantine, starring the lead character John Constantine, created by Alan Moore, Rick Veitch and John Totleben, a new series set in the New 52 and featuring the version of the character recently seen in Justice League Dark.

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Alexa Vega Models Her Machete Kills Bra-And-Chaps Look. Again 

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Here’s A Key Spider-Man Sequel Clue, Hidden As An Easter Egg – Can You See It? 

In promoting the release of The Amazing Spider-Man on DVD, Blu-ray and all those other, slightly futuristic ways you can get movies now, a couple of the film’s crew members pointed towards a hidden easter egg, smuggled in as set-up for something in the sequel.

The New Neil Gaiman Doctor Who Script Found In The Back Of A Cab In Cardiff

Found in the back of a cab in Cardiff. Image posted to Facebook with the line “found Dr Who script in the back of a taxi. Cheeky spoilers anyone?” before being posted to Reddit.

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DC Cancels Its Longest Running Series, Hellblazer, And Replaces It With New 52 Title, Constantine

It’s the end of the world as we know it.

Fanboy Rampage: Ethan Van Sciver Vs Rob Liefeld

Ethan posted on Facebook; Conservatives who are bitter, please follow my awesome example. You know that even when I’m wrong, I’m right, yes? Obama won a second term, and by a very slim margin. He says he’s listened and learned. I’m going to go easy on Barack for a year, and give him the benefit of a doubt. I will become a fan of his, (if not his policies) if he’s a big enough man to go to Congress and say, “the last four years didn’t work out between us. Let’s start over again.” And then actually listen, instead of saying , “Well, I won.” again.

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(Last Updated November 9, 2012 3:02 am )

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Co-founder and Creative director of Bleeding Cool parent company Avatar Press. Bleeding Cool Managing Editor, tech and data wrangler. Machine Learning hobbyist. Vintage paper addict.

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