Art For Art’s Sake #69: I’ll Tell You The Ultimate Secret Of Magic

by Richard Bruton

Art For Art’s Sake… boldly going into the old Internet to find the very best examples of comic art I can find for you this week. It’s Art, it’s the Internet, it’s Art For Art’s Sake
We’ll open with a little Eddie Campbell and the wonderful Bacchus – a great tryptich for you:

Harvey Kurtzman:

Hellboy meets the Scooby Gang – Andrew Robinson:

And of course, Mike Mignola:

Paul Pope Harley:

And another Harley by Art Adams:

Grayson by Sean Galloway:

Glenn Fabry – Preacher:

George Kambadais – Deadman meets Death:

Gerard Way:

The legend that is Fred Hembeck – “My redo of Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson’s 1963 cover for The Flash #135.”

And now, a couple of Evan Dorkin Milk and Cheese pieces:

And we shall end with a few from the world of John Constantine, the Hellblazer:
1985. London. A strangely familiar bloke in a trenchcoat walks into a punk bar. At first glance, you reckon it might be Sting, lead singer from The Police. Then you look a bit closer and not. But there’s something striking about this bloke, an air of mystery, you can’t quite put your finger on it, but he feels like trouble…
He’s John Constantine and he’s looking for a friend to get info on the end of the world.
Basically, that’s Constantine’s first appearance was Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985), Alan Moore writing with Rick Veitch and John Totleben on art…
As the story goes, at least from Moore, Swamp Thing’s regular pair of artists, John Totleben and Steve Bissette, were huge Police fans and wanted to draw Sting into the comic.
So, Moore did it, creating Constantine, the Liverpudlian born, London based – occult wideboy, con man, magician, magus, chancer. And his popularity grew and grew, going on to star in his series and drawn by some incredible artists over the years…
So, first, the very first John C appearance, Veitch and Totleben with the intro:

Steve Bissette:


Dave McKean:

John Ridgway:

Richard Piers Raynor:

Will Simpson:

Tim Bradstreet:

Sean Phillips:

Steve Dillon:

Glenn Fabry:

Skottie Young:

Simon Bisley:

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