NBC’S Constantine: What We Know So Far

Allison O'Toole

Part-time superhero, space bounty-hunter and crayon-colour-namer. When not reading everything from the classics to comics, you may find me watching old horror films or looking at pictures of puppies on the Internet.

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  1. December 1, 2014

    […] For such an enduring and influential character, John Constantine’s origins are almost bland: drawing for Swamp Thing in the mid-80’s, artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben wanted to draw a character who looked like Sting. Swamp Thing writer Alan Moore wanted to create a more “blue-collar” occult character to contrast the aristocratic Zataras and Dr Stranges, and John Constantine (rhymes with “wine” not “been”) was born. His solo series, Hellblazer, began in 1988 and lasted 25 years, ending with issue #300 in February 2013. John appeared in later issues of Swamp Thing as well as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman comics, and the character has been hugely influential on comics and occult mystery in general. DC’s New 52 line includes a younger, rebooted version of the character in Constantine, and a pilot of the same name is set to air on NBC next season. […]

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