From The Editor’s Desk: Shelly Bond talks HELLBLAZER with Peter Milligan
LOOKS 10, DANCE 3
For those of you who think I require little more than a 263,000 watt
spotlight and a brief excursion to the Courreges Universe, you're clearly mistaken. I've decided to
share the stage with my old accomplice Peter Milligan, one of the original
Vertigo provocateurs of pop fiction. He’s currently the writer of the
monthly GREEK STREET (think fresh blood/ancient myths), the upcoming crime
graphic novel THE BRONX KILL and the regular scribe on our longest running
title, JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER. The latter of which hits the stands
today and marks issue #263.
Bond: Like John Constantine, you've spent most of your life in London. Is
this the only thing you have in common with our proverbial low-rent, occult
Milligan: Well, I don’t smoke like Constantine, but I used to. And now
that I think about it I did dabble in the supernatural when I was a kid.
Maybe it was being cooped up in a pokey council flat with three bedrooms,
four siblings, my parents and a ghost that made me fantasize about being
able to escape my mortal body. In any event I researched, practiced and got
heavily into astral projection (really). I almost died one scary night while
“projecting.” If I’d been a bit braver or more successful maybe I would
have continued exploring even darker arts. But I still wouldn’t smoke as
much as Constantine. Come on, I have to look after my singing voice.
Bond: So if you're that inspired by Old Blighty, why send Constantine to
India? Does he have a death-wish that involves being a part of Bollywood a
Milligan: Bollywood and all things movie-land are a long way from
Constantine’s mind. I don’t think he really gives a toss about popular
culture. If anything, he prefers unpopular culture. Preferably without the
He’s going to India to save the life of a woman who’s already dead. Like a
lot of people before him, Constantine is going to the east to find purity.
He might not find purity--but he will find plenty to keep his
uncultured mind busy.
Bond: But what they really want to know: Who would win in a pub fight
--John Constantine or cover artist Simon Bisley?
Milligan: If Simon was drawing the comic of this bust-up, I’m sure he’d
flatten Constantine on page one. Thankfully in spite of any image he might
have of being tougher than Lobo and just as sensible, Simon is in fact a
sensitive flower, and probably a bit of a cry-baby.
None of this unashamedly girly side is in evidence when he gets stuck into
drawing NO FUTURE, the two part post-punk viciously political punch-up
that’s appearing in HELLBLAZER directly after INDIA.
Bond: For the Record: HELLBLAZER #263, India, part 3 is on sale today.
Check out the attached artwork from the secret files of the cracking art
team of Giuseppe Camuncoli and Stefano Landini and see how the layouts and
finishes come to life -- or in this case, death!
And note the cover to issue #264 by the handsome, irascible Simon (you'll never catch me
commenting on his girlie side) "The Biz" Bisley...apparently SOMEONE thought
that seeing John Constantine in a kick line would be one for the books!