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I'm sure this question has been asked many a time before, but could someone tell me who the people present at Constantine's 40th birthday party were? I recognized Swamp Thing (duh) and I have a vauge idea of who the Reverened is from reading further into the series, but as for the rest of them I'm in the dark. It could be that they are crossovers from other comics, or that I've just read them out of order by mistake, or that their identities simply haven't been revealed yet (such as, I have only a vauge idea of the Newcastle incident from what I've read), but if I can be told with no spoilers, I would appreiciate it.

 

For reference, I've read from Original Sins up to whatever is the TPB before Rake In The Face Of God.

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The woman in the red dress was Zatanna, a comic-book magician who's been around for years, and who's currently appearing in Grant Morrison's "Seven Soldiers" series over in the regular DCU. She and John were romantically linked in Swamp Thing: A Murder of Crows, and she has the ability to cast spells by saying things backwards.

 

The rabbit is called Mange. This was his only appearance until last month's issue (204) in which he was killed. He's a man in the body of a grumpy bunny. I liked him.

 

The man with the horns on his head is The Lord of The Dance, a pagan god of revelry whom John helped out in issue 49, which has not been collected into the TPBs. He appears again in Rake at the Gates of Hell.

 

The scrawny guy with the ponytail is Nigel Archer, a staunch Socialist, ex-student and powerful psychic. He helped John with a gruesome possession in Royal Blood, 52-55 (also uncollected). He appears again in "Rake..."

 

The woman with long, straight brown hair whom Nigel fancies is Chantinelle, AKA Ellie. She's a succubus who first appeared in Dangerous Habits. She then appeared in the three-part "Guys and Dolls" arc (uncollected, but you can read the issues by looking at the link in my signature) and is pretty much a regular through Ennis' run. She appears in Fear and Loathing and Rake at the Gates of Hell, and made several appearances in Paul Jenkins' run on the title (all of which are uncollected).

 

The vicar is "Rick the Vic." He's actually obssessed with blasphemy, and deals all kinds of dubious relics with John. This is his first appearance, though he also pops up in Fear and Loathing, Damnation's Flame, Rake at the Gates of Hell and Son of Man.

 

The Glaswegian with the sunglasses and close-cropped hair is Header, a boorish thug and Rick's best friend. He's an ex-soldier who served in the Falklands war and has no magical abilities at all. He appears in pretty much every issue that Rick appears in. Like Rick, this is his first appearance.

 

The man who gets his shoes pissed on is The Phantom Stranger, an old (50s-era) DC comics character whose identity is never revealed, though there are various theories about who he used to be before he became The Stranger. He works to maintain the balance between Good and Evil, and appears in many comics, including Swamp Thing and The Justice League of America. He and John teamed up with two other mystics - the magician Dr. Occult and the psychotic Mr. E - to form a coalition whom John jokingly calls "The Trenchcoat Brigade." They made their first appearance together in Neil Gaiman's Books of Magic, and appeared in the ongoing Books of Magic series and in The Trenchcoat Brigade miniseries, both by written by John Ney Reiber.

 

The man who couldn't go for a drink with John is Francis "Chas" Chandler, a taxi-driver and ex-criminal, and John's best friend. The Irish woman at the end is Kit, but you should know who she is by now. :)

 

The order to read the books in can be found here: http://hellblazer.ipbhost.com/index.php?showtopic=42

 

I think that's everyone. Hope that helps!

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In Delano's run, it's established that he used to be a bit of a dodgy dealer, hanging around with criminal types and selling on stolen goods. He gets some heroin for Gary Lester in issue 1, is selling stolen pigs in the Hellblazer Annual and pays some thugs to beat up Helen's pimp in Rake at the Gates of Hell.

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I didn't realise the "Trenchcoat Brigade" appeared anywhere else other than the original Books of Magic and that miniseries.

I always thgouht it was a one-off, who relunctly joined back up for that (awful) miniseries.

 

I never read the BOM regular series, so I didn't know the group appeared in that aswell.

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The joke is that he's the Phantom Stranger, the Brotherless One, the Grey Walker, exiled from both Heaven and Hell after Lucifer's Rebellion to always be ... a stranger.

(Melodramatic, maybe, but that's how he tends to present it.)

 

So the Stranger, after God only knows how many thousands (or millions ... or billions) of years of being alone, tries to show up at John's birthday party and celebrate a bit, and what does he get?

 

Pissed on.

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One of my favorite issues, most certainly.

Especially the schtick with the Phantom Stranger, not to mention having a puff of ol'Swampy.

 

I've been meaning to ask about the Lord of the Dance - since his first (?) appearance once upon a Yule, I've been trying to source him.

 

I'm suspecting he's Cernnunos/Herne the Hunter, but Googling "Lord of the Dance" brings only an overwhelming flood of material about that guy whose legs aren't connected to his torso when he performs.

 

Does anyone here know anywhere I can find out more about this pre-Xian version of the "Lord of the Dance" song and it's connections to Cernnunos?

 

 

sc-lg-cerncpr.jpg vs lord_flatley.jpg

 

Thanks, eh?

 

Cheers,

Pru

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The pre-Christian Lord of the Dance was made up by Ennis.

 

the one above was posted by me.  forgot to log in.

 

Header doesn't disappear. He leaves with Rick the Vic. Just because you don't see him walking out the door doesn't mean he vanishes.

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Does anyone here know anywhere I can find out more about this pre-Xian version of the "Lord of the Dance" song and it's connections to Cernnunos?

It was written in 1964 using a traditional Shaker tune "'Tis a Gift to Be Simple". it's about as Pre-Christian as a joystick.

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In Delano's run, it's established that he used to be a bit of a dodgy dealer, hanging around with criminal types and selling on stolen goods. He gets some heroin for Gary Lester in issue 1, is selling stolen pigs in the Hellblazer Annual and pays some thugs to beat up Helen's pimp in Rake at the Gates of Hell.

 

 

well, i thought that's wat most of you british fellas can do, nothin' criminal about that... It's like calling Del Boy a criminal, fer chrissakes... ;)

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Does anyone here know anywhere I can find out more about this pre-Xian version of the "Lord of the Dance" song and it's connections to Cernnunos?

It was written in 1964 using a traditional Shaker tune "'Tis a Gift to Be Simple". it's about as Pre-Christian as a joystick.

 

Damn.

 

Oh well. Enjoyed the senitment all the same.

 

Thanks,

Pru

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Just saw the Phantom Stranger while rereading American Gothic. Constantine to Swampy: "Funny how he manages to keep those shoes so shiny with all that walking."

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I might have been talking about the wrong person. The person who vanishes at the end of the party is the really big guy who's wearing viking horns for some reason. You know, where it's just two guys and a bottle of whiskey (as JC put it).

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Fear not, James already covered him....

 

The man with the horns on his head is The Lord of The Dance, a pagan god of revelry whom John helped out in issue 49, which has not been collected into the TPBs. He appears again in Rake at the Gates of Hell.

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that's the Lord Of the Dance - he is asuernatural character, so he is allowed a little vanishing here and there...

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