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DC Comics originally tasked writer J.M. DeMatteis to come up with a new series that would focus on DC various magical properties. Although the project initially fell through, DC later approached Neil Gaiman
to pen the mini-series. Gaiman introduced the young boy Tim Hunter
as his protagonist and had four mystics John Constantine
, Phantom Stranger
, Dr. Occult
and Mister E
lead Tim on a journey acrros time and space while meeting almost every magical or supernatural character in the DC Universe.
Each issue was painted by a different artist, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson.
The series proved popular and Tim Hunter's adventures continued into the Mister E
mini-series and Arcana Annual
before landing his own ongoing The Books of Magic
in 1994 under Vertigo. Although this miniseries was published by DC, the numerous spin-offs were all published under the then new mature reader's imprint, Vertigo