DC History Club, Muck And Magic Double Feature: John Constantine
Post 01 2020 October Constantine Intro
Constantine TV series
is leaving DC Universe on
Members are encouraged
To attend the Watch.Alongs
10/9 Episodes 3 & 5
10/16 Episodes 8 & 9
John Constantine’s debut was Saga of Swamp Thing #37, when he was drawn by Rick Veitch and John Totleben.
Alan Moore created the character after artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben, who were fans of The Police, expressed a desire to draw a character who looked like Sting.
What is John Constantine
Here is a description from his New 52 Justice League Dark appearances
John Constantine is a charming, blond, Englishman, a mage, warlock, and self proclaimed “Master of the Dark Arts.” He’s also a womanizer (though he is bi-sexual), a scoundrel, a cheat, a drunk, a chain-smoker, and really not much of a leader… though he is the unofficial face of Justice League Dark.
Part of a band in his early 20’s, Constantine began to research magic and the occult with his band-mates and friends, quickly becoming adept at all sorts of sorcery and exorcisms before he knew the cost.
Constantine is scarred
after accidentally damning a close friend’s daughter, Astra, to hell during a botched exorcism. He lives on borrowed time, himself being damned to Hell as a result of the Astra incident, trying to make good in an attempt to save his soul. He fights demons and other more nefarious mages, defeating them often at the cost of the lives or souls of those he loves.
Like any good ‘Superhero Team’ (again, don’t use the "S word in front of Constantine), expect these characters to butt heads; none of them are exactly team players. That being said, Constantine would
be the 1st to stab any of nis teammates in the back, or play them without laying out his plan, or strike out on his own all together. When the chips fall though, John will sacrifice himself to save those he loves, if he hasn’t lost them already.
Most of the stories about Constantine are contained in the 300 issues of his Vertigo title, which is not currently in our library
A good introduction.to that title is