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Jamie Delano was hand-picked by Alan Moore to continue writing John Constantine, originally a secondary character introduced during Moore's revolutionary Swamp Thing run. Delano established the character in his own right, fleshing out what had been, in Moore's hands, a more shadowy, wisecracking sort of figure. It was also Delano who set the character firmly in London, Moore (and later Veitch) preferring to present him travelling virtually anywhere at will. Delano's Constantine is very much flesh and blood, never using magic when a con will do, frequently drunk, down & out, and haunted by his accidental condemning of a little girl named Astra to Hell.
Delano's approach owes much to the quiet, cold but vicious work of British "new wave" writers like Ramsey Campbell and J.G. Ballard and it is this tone that subsequent writers have either had to adopt or go violently against. This also makes Delano the first Vertigo writer, as Hellblazer is often thought of as the company's flagship title. He established the character's history – and his family's – going all the way back to the time of King Arthur in one of the more emblematic Constantine stories, "The Bloody Saint" (1989), drawn by Bryan Talbot. Much of his version of Constantine was the basis of the 2005 Constantine movie.
Most of his work since leaving the book to Garth Ennis and many others since (though he has gone back to the character a number of times), has also been for DC/Vertigo, both radical treatments of established characters and more pointed, political works, a list of which (from his site) can be found below.
Much of Delano's often bitingly witty work shares concerns with that of other British comics writers like Pat Mills, and can be characterized as science fiction, or horror, but often is a blend thereof and used very allegorically. In its concern with transformation of bodies and cultures, through psychedelia, conspiracy, or science, his work shares much with the likes of David Cronenberg and some, like Ghostdancing or Animal Man, have taken a great deal of influence from Carlos Castaneda and Jim Morrison.
Frequent subjects in his work include the War of the sexes (World Without End), imperialism and genocide (Ghostdancing), and environmental & cultural collapse (2020 Visions, Animal Man).
Most recently, it has been announced that, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, he will be returning to Hellblazer to write Pandemonium, a graphic novel to be drawn by Jock. He is also has a number of series in the pipeline at Avatar Press.
Date of Birth: 1954
Birthplace: Northampton, UK
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2000 AD (1977)
2020 Visions (1997)
HC 9-11 (2002)
Absolute Vertigo (1995)
Animal Man (1988)
- '2020 Visions'TPB
- '2020 Visions'#1
- 'Lust for Life, Part 1'#2
- 'Lust for Life, Part 2'#3
- 'Lust for Life, Part 3'#4
- 'La Tormenta, Part 1'#5
- 'La Tormenta, Part 2'#6
- 'La Tormenta, Part 3'#7
- 'Renegade, Part 1'#8
- 'Renegade, Part 2'#9
- 'Renegade, Part 3'#10
- 'Repro-Man, Part 1'#11
- 'Repro-Man, Part 2'#12
- 'Repro-Man, Part 3'
Annual 01 Batman & Superman (1997)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989)
Batman: Manbat (1995)
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 1: Roadkill'#52
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 2: Homecoming'#53
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 3: Pondlife'#54
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 4: Despair'#55
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 5: Heartbeats'#56
- 'Flesh and Blood, Part 6: Incarnate, Part 7: Metamorphosis'#57
- 'Wild Bunch'#58
- 'Wild Town'#60
- 'Breath of God'#65
- 'Perfumed Garden'#66
- 'Mysterious Ways'#68
- 'Mysterious Ways, Part 2'#69
- 'Cold, Cold, Cold...'#70
- 'A Strange And Reckless Freedom'#71
- 'The Sermon On The Monument'#72
- 'Last Supper'#73
- 'Children And Animals'#74
- 'Better Red Than Dead!'#75
- 'Red Plague'#76
- 'Quarantine Zone'#77
- 'Thicker Than Water'#78
- 'Scarlet Fever'#79
- 'Promised Land'
TPB The Best of 2000AD Monthly (1985)
Captain Britain (1985)
- 'Batman: Manbat'#1
- 'The Subterraneans: Part One'#2
- 'The Subterraneans: Part Two'#3
- 'The Subterraneans: Part Three'
#1#2#3 Captain Britain (1988)
Captain Britain by Alan Moore & Alan Davis Omnibus (2009)
The Children's Crusade (1993)
The Comic Relief Comic (1991)
The Complete D.R. & Quinch (2001)
Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection (2005)
- 'Flotsam & Jetsam'#5#6
- 'A Long Way from Home'#7
- 'Things Fall Apart'#8
- 'Childhood's End'#9
- 'The Winds of Change'#10
- 'African Nightmare'#11
- 'The House of Baba Yaga'#12
- 'Alarms and Excursions'
TPB Crossed: Badlands (2011)
Cruel and Unusual (1999)
The Daredevils (1983)
Dark Horse Presents (1986)
Doctor Who Classics: Series 4 (2012)
- 'Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection'
#3 Doctor Who Graphic Novel (2004)
- 'Time Bomb'#6
- 'The Gift'
GN 09 Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
- 'The World Shapers'
#1 Hell Eternal (1998)
Hellblazer - Special Constantine DVD Issue (2005)
Hellblazer Special: Bad Blood (2000)
- 'First Tremor'#2
- 'Second Tremor'#3
- 'Third Tremor'#4
- 'Fourth Tremor'#5
- 'Fifth Tremor'#6
- 'The Big One'
#1 Horror (1990)
The Horrorist (1995)
- '(A Restoration Comedy), Part 1'#2
- '(A Restoration Comedy), Part 2'#3
- '(A Restoration Comedy), Part 3'#4
- '(A Restoration Comedy), Part 4'
#1 Jamie Delano's Narcopolis (2008)
John Constantine - Hellblazer [GER] (1998)
- 'Antarctica - Part One'#2
- 'Antarctica, Part Two'
TPB John Constantine, Hellblazer: Pandemonium (2010)
John Constantine: Hellblazer [FIN] (2005)
Legends of the DC Universe (1998)
- 'Erbsünde 1'TPB
- 'Erbsünde 2'TPB
- 'London Streets'
#24 The Lovecraft Anthology (2011)
The Mighty World of Marvel (UK) (Vol. 2) (1983)
Nevermore: A graphic adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's short stories (2008)
Night Raven: House of Cards (1991)
Occupational Hazards (2000)
Outlaw Nation (2000)
- 'The Jump, Part One'#25
- 'The Jump Pt. 2'
PreviewTPB Rawbone (2009)
The Saga of Swamp Thing (1982)
- 'Outlaw Nation'#1
- 'The End'#2
- 'Does God Look Down?'#3
- 'Too Much Force'#4
- 'Careless Love'#5
- 'Need to Be Nervous'#6
- 'Two More Dead in Texas'#7
- 'Distant Cousins'#8
- 'Cold, Cold, Cold'#10
- 'Strange Fruit'#11
- 'Hate, Murder and Revenger'#12
- '100 Dead Miles #23'#15
- 'Every Picture...'#16
- 'Weird Sky'#18
- 'A Time to Be Born'#19
- 'Straight to Hell'
#5 Showcase '96 (1996)
- 'Nothing Is True Part One'#5 (Retailer Review)
- 'Nothing Is True Part One'#6
- 'Nothing Is True Part Two'#7
- 'Nothing Is True Part Three'#8
- 'Nothing Is True Part Four'#9
- 'The Buzz'#10
- 'The Buzz Part Two'#11
- 'Clear Blue Skies'#12
- 'Clear Blue Skies Part Two'#13
- 'The Hoodoo Bash'#14
- 'The Hoodoo Bash Part Two'#15
- 'The Hoodoo Bash Part Three'
#3 Swamp Thing (1985)
- 'Lois Lane & Black Canary - Dr. Fate & The Shade - Lightray'
TPB vol. 09 Tainted (1995)
The Territory (1999)
Time Twisters (1987)
- 'Infernal Triangles'#67
- 'The Wisdom of Solomon'#77
- 'Infernal Triangles'#101
#10#17 The Transformers (UK) (1984)
Twisted Metal 2 (1996)
Vampirella Strikes (1995)
Vertigo Jam (1993)
Vertigo One-Shot (1999)
- 'Past, Present, And Future Tense Tales!'
#4 Vertigo Preview (1992)
Vertigo Rave (1994)
Vertigo Resurrected: Hellblazer-Bad Blood (2011)
- 'Vertigo Winter Special 2001'
#1 Vertigo Secret Files: Hellblazer (2000)
Vertigo: Winter's Edge (1998)
World Without End (1990)
- '(A restoration comedy)'
#1 The Worm (1999)
- 'The Moon Also Rises...'#2
- 'Bruthur Bons!'#3
- 'Seed of Death'#5
- 'Crucible of Desire'#6
OGN SC X-Men Unlimited (1993)
- 'The longest comic strip in the world'
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