Clones of John Constantine

There is only one John Constantine: Others have tried to make their own.

Comicvine had a video that reminded me that there are way to many clones in comics.  Here is a list of a few that John Constantine Clones.  These guys are not DCU copies running around, they are just comic characters some way or another was "inspired" by John Constantine.

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Posted by Mr.Q
not so sure Light fits. he kills people and is batsh*t insane. 
 
what about Spider Jerusalem? I hear there are similarities. another Warren Ellis creation. there is a pattern.
Posted by Mr.Q
@Silkcuts: just because he us heavily inspired by Thompson doesn't mean he also can't have a lot if influence from old Johnny. I just remember reading somewhere where Ellis said something along the lines of Constantine should be more like Jerusalem or something or other. they do have much in common you must admit. smokers, "anti-hero", morally questionable, both have a 'buck' the system mentality I could go on but I wont. but you're the expert. 
 
didn't one of the Doctor Fate's briefly turn into a poor man's Constantine for a few weeks ore something? don't remember where I read that so it may be very off. 
 
as for Light he started as a normal but board teen. after discovering the Death Note he decided to 'cleanse' the world of sin and crime and declared himself God of this new world, something I don't think John would have any interest in doing. he started punishing criminals than to anyone who got in his way, even his own father. it was one of the more interesting parts of the show to see a once genuine and good character slip further and further into madness. kind of like the Punisher. he only wore the trench coat and tie as part of a dress uniform when working with the detectives chasing 'Kira' (Kira of corse was Light) so it was more him playing his part and waring 'work clothes' than a fashion statement like John.
Posted by Silkcuts
@Mr.Q:  Thanks for those pointers. I need to look into them.
Spider is making more sense once you pointed out a few things.
Same with Doctor Fate.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

I have to disagree with Light's inclusion on the list
Jack Carter was used as a homage for the Planetary story, In the beginning he was the Anti-Thatcherite era ideals that John Constantine was supposed to represent and at the end he becomes  Spider Jerusalem. It could also be seen as "Vertigo :Then and Now"

Posted by Silkcuts
@Emperor Gonzo Noir:  So lights no, got ya.
Jack Carter so belongs on the list.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Silkcuts: Oh yeah, I'm no arguing John, I mean Jack. I guess I was just explaining my interpretation of him :P
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

Michael Jones, he's vaguely similar, but to call him a clone is kinda pushing it

Posted by Silkcuts
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" Michael Jones, he's vaguely similar, but to call him a clone is kinda pushing it "
I think more physically and keeps with the Ellis clones concept.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Silkcuts: This is  tad off topic, but couldn't you see Hugh Laurie playing Michael Jones?
Posted by Silkcuts
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" @Silkcuts: This is  tad off topic, but couldn't you see Hugh Laurie playing Michael Jones? "
YES I CAN!  Hugh Laurie can play anyone and I would be happy. That guy is a great actor.
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Mr.Q: I believe Jared Stevens was the Constantine rip off one if I recall correctly or at least he was the 'grim and gritty" DR. Fate. Which is nonetheless stupid
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Silkcuts: First thing I was thinking when I first read Desolation Jones was "Damn , this guy kinda feels like Hugh Laurie"
Posted by Silkcuts
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" @Mr.Q: I believe Jared Stevens was the Constantine rip off one if I recall correctly or at least he was the 'grim and gritty" DR. Fate. Which is nonetheless stupid "
That makes more sense.  But I need to look into it.  
 
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" @Silkcuts: First thing I was thinking when I first read Desolation Jones was "Damn , this guy kinda feels like Hugh Laurie" "

I just hate Ellis doesn't finishes the 2nd arc.
Edited by Emperor Gonzo Noir
@Silkcuts said:

" @Emperor Gonzo Noir said:

" @Mr.Q: I believe Jared Stevens was the Constantine rip off one if I recall correctly or at least he was the 'grim and gritty" DR. Fate. Which is nonetheless stupid "
That makes more sense.  But I need to look into it.  
 
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" @Silkcuts: First thing I was thinking when I first read Desolation Jones was "Damn , this guy kinda feels like Hugh Laurie" "
I just hate Ellis doesn't finishes the 2nd arc. "
Ellis doesn't finish half his creator owned stuff :P 
This is Jared Stevens, silly ankh face tattoo and all

Mordru promptly kills him in JSA, no loss here. I thought he had a gold eyepatch too, but I think that was a version of Psycho Pirate that appeared in his book
Posted by Mr.Q
@Emperor Gonzo Noir said:
" @Mr.Q: I believe Jared Stevens was the Constantine rip off one if I recall correctly or at least he was the 'grim and gritty" DR. Fate. Which is nonetheless stupid "
so it wasn't a delusion. good. good to know.@Silkcuts said:
" @Mr.Q:  Thanks for those pointers. I need to look into them. Spider is making more sense once you pointed out a few things. Same with Doctor Fate. "
not a problem glad to 'help'.
Posted by johnny_spam

Never would have thought Light Yagami fit the Constantine archetype Cal McDonald is weird I just read Criminal Macabre and didn't see it then until now he even looks like him it looks like Tim Bradstreet even did the art.  

Posted by Silkcuts
@johnny spam:
 Both versions looks like Anime Constantine to me.

 
As for Cal, Bradstreet did the covers for a lot of the stories.
Posted by aztek_the_lost

the one thing I find interesting here is Constance Johanssen as she appeared before Ellis ever wrote Hellblazer...though I don't know enough about the character to discuss her similarities

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Posted by Jekylhyde14

What about Pete Wisdom? He's not a magician in a traditional sense, but he often acts as a go between for the Government and the mystic realm of Avalon. He's also British, well-dressed, smokes, and was written by Warren Ellis.  

Posted by Silkcuts
@Jekylhyde14 said:
" What about Pete Wisdom? He's not a magician in a traditional sense, but he often acts as a go between for the Government and the mystic realm of Avalon. He's also British, well-dressed, smokes, and was written by Warren Ellis.   "
Works with me. Good looking out ^_^
Posted by Jekylhyde14
@Silkcuts:  
 
Thanks. You've got a great list here. I think you'd have to argue that Constantine is one of the best characters created in the Modern Age simply based on the fact he's inspired so many clones. People want to write him.  
 
Do you know why Morrison wasn't allowed to use John in Doom Patrol? I never knew that was why he had to create Kipling. That seems to be a running theme like when he had to create Zauriel because they wouldn't let him use Hawkman in the JLA. 
Edited by Silkcuts
@Jekylhyde14 said:

" @Silkcuts:   Thanks. You've got a great list here. I think you'd have to argue that Constantine is one of the best characters created in the Modern Age simply based on the fact he's inspired so many clones. People want to write him.   Do you know why Morrison wasn't allowed to use John in Doom Patrol? I never knew that was why he had to create Kipling. That seems to be a running theme like when he had to create Zauriel because they wouldn't let him use Hawkman in the JLA.  "

THANKS!!! GLAD YOU LIKE THE LIST!
I don't have to argue, I know.  If you can't tell by now, John is my favorite character.
 
When Morrison was writing Doom Patrol the ripples with what would be Vertigo was still finding its way.  Constantine was being developed to appear as a "real" character.  I believe it was Berger's desire to limit John's use so he wouldn't be over exposed like his Superhero counterparts are.  John has always had a mystique of him from his Swamp Thing days, with Morrison's experimental approach to comics, I think it was a lack of trust to maintain the spirit of what would be Constantine.
Posted by Leliel

Sense a large portion of these 'clones' are own by DC it be interesting point to see them form a group or for someone evil run into one another with Constantine mentioning how much they remind him of parts of his life and carrier

Posted by Silkcuts
@Leliel said:

Sense a large portion of these 'clones' are own by DC it be interesting point to see them form a group or for someone evil run into one another with Constantine mentioning how much they remind him of parts of his life and carrier

Ellis would have to write it since he seemed to create the most clones.
Edited by kuonphobos

Perhaps the character Trypp from Asylum Press may eventually find his way onto this list?

OH and do you have any more info on the character from Supernatural? An episode or something? You are not speaking of the angel Cassiel I hope who does appear out of nowhere, wears a trenchcoat has issues with the Authorities on High, and uses Hermetic magic to combat various demons, etc.?

Posted by Silkcuts

@kuonphobos said:

Perhaps the character Trypp from Asylum Press may eventually find his way onto this list?

OH and do you have any more info on the character from Supernatural? An episode or something? You are not speaking of the angel Cassiel I hope who does appear out of nowhere, wears a trenchcoat has issues with the Authorities on High, and uses Hermetic magic to combat various demons, etc.?

Good find with Trypp, you add him to the wiki then he can make the list.

The Supernatural character seems removed from comicvine's wiki... weird.

Posted by ragdollpurps

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE... And he is sexy. :]

Posted by Silkcuts

@ragdollpurps said:

THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE... And he is sexy. :]

You know what they say about photocopies and how they are never as good as the original. That is why Psylock (not Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock) will never be as beautiful as you, since you came first.

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Silkcuts: You're too sweet, but I could only aspire to be half as strong-willed and resilient as Psylocke. That is what I find to be truly beautiful about her. A beauty I too wish to posses.

Posted by Silkcuts

@ragdollpurps said:

@Silkcuts: You're too sweet, but I could only aspire to be half as strong-willed and resilient as Psylocke. That is what I find to be truly beautiful about her. A beauty I too wish to posses.

I am comicvine's magick man remember that. The gods give me an insider view of things and trust me your beauty is equalled internally as it is externally. You just need to find it in yourself, because it is there, you can trust me on that.

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Silkcuts: Hehe, well you can trust that I will try hard to live up to your idea of me. If you say it is within me, then I will find it.

Posted by Silkcuts

@ragdollpurps said:

@Silkcuts: Hehe, well you can trust that I will try hard to live up to your idea of me. If you say it is within me, then I will find it.

It is not an idea, its insiders information.

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Silkcuts: Your insiders seem to know more about me than I do, lol.

Posted by Silkcuts

@ragdollpurps said:

@Silkcuts: Your insiders seem to know more about me than I do, lol.

I know a lot because of those insiders. And the sparks are in you to grow a fire blazing hot and lovely to keep warm those who are caught in cold. You will find it if you search for it. I am not saying that because I would make you my wifey if I lived near you, what I know and what the gods tell me, the above is true. You can be a bright light if you want to.

Posted by ragdollpurps

@Silkcuts: Then it will be my goal to be the brightest light enthralled by darkness. :]

Posted by Silkcuts

@ragdollpurps said:

@Silkcuts: Then it will be my goal to be the brightest light enthralled by darkness. :]

Now that is the right answer.

^_^