Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Constantine' Brings Another Comic Book Character to Life

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

'Constantine' Brings Another Comic Book Character to Life

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LOS ANGELES-Welsh actor, Matt Ryan, wasn't a big reader of comic books when he was younger, something he now regrets as he takes on the title role in "Constantine"- the latest in the growing list of TV shows based on a comic book character.

Luckily for Mr. Ryan, he's got a comic book sidekick to help him.

"I have a friend who's a huge comic book fan, so much so that he actually writes his own comics now. For years, he'd been telling me about John Constantine," Mr. Ryan says. "When the audition came around, he sat me down, and he was like, 'John's got to be like this.' I was like, 'All right. All right. I'll try my best.'"

Constantine's story started in "The Saga of the Swamp Thing" No. 37 as the creation of Alan Moore, John Totlenben and Steve Bissette. He eventually moved into his on comics that were first called "Hellblazer" and then "Constantine."

No matter in which comic the character appeared, Constantine always has been a cynical occult detective trying to do some good with his life despite his soul already being damned to hell. Until he has to cash in, Constantine travels the country battling supernatural terrors.

Since being cast, Mr. Ryan has had a chance to pour over the three decades of volumes of tales of the demon fighter. …

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