In Hellblazer #60, Nergal is said to have been burned at the stake as a witch's boy after sexually abusing several children. He later ascended the ranks as a god and a demon.
Nergal first appeared in Hellblazer #6 from writer Jamie Delano and artist John Ridgway.
He is likely based on the Babylonian deity of the same name (sometimes depicted as a demon in Judeo-Christian mythology).
He is sometimes linked with Doctor Fate's earlier demon enemy, Negal, who also went by the name "Black Nergal".
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He pushed John to try his first cigarette and ended up without the packet as John stole it.
Nergal led a group called the Damnation Army, made up of human agents, who fought against an Evangelist group called the Resurrection Crusade. A girlfriend of John Constantine, named Zed, was caught the in the middle of these two groups, intending to fulfill a prophecy - to give birth to either the Anti-Christ or the Second Coming. When Constantine is badly hurt, he makes a deal with Nergal. Infusing him with demon blood, Constantine is healed. He later makes contact with Zed and eventually makes love to her. By being together Zed is exposed to Constantine's tainted blood, making her uselss for the prophecy.
Constantine was haunted by a horrible event, taking place in Newcastle where he participated in an exorcism of a little girl. It went horribly wrong with many people being killed. Constantine eventually found out that Nergal was in fact the same demon from Newcastle. He eventually fought Nergal and gained revenge.
Nergal has possessed Chas Chandler before, to help John Constantine against Saul, Maria, and Adam Constantine, John's children by Rosacarnis, making them Nergal's grandchildren. He was in the form of a rat when he possessed Chas Chandler, and when he left Chas Chandler.
Recently Nergal has tried to stop Constantne's wedding to Epiphany Greaves, realizing that this might make Constantine happy, and he, along with the rest of Hell, takes a lot of pleasure in Constantine's pain and misery. He bribed a succubus, Gloria, to try and seduce Constantine. He had previously banished Gloria from Hell, and offered for her to come back if she did this. When she didn't succeed, and refused to try again Nergal killed her, saying "she had to much heart".
Actor Joey Phillips portrays Nergal in the NBC television series Constantine.