BOOKS OF MAGIC - NEIL GAIMAN and PAUL JOHNSON
GRAPHIC NOVEL/ILLUSTRATED BOOK (1990) v.4
7 years before HARRY POTTER was first published in 1997, Neil Gaiman created the story of a
British boy named Tim Hunter, who wears glasses and has a pet owl. He
lived in the mundane world until a group of mysterious strangers arrive
to inform him that he is a magician with a destiny involving the fate
of the world!
Note: one of his teachers on this magical Journey is the occult
detective John Constantine, Hellblazer. Potrayed by Keanu Reeves in the
smash hit feature film CONSTANTINE.
V4: Mister E (who becomes an important character in Gaiman's follow-up
DEATH Graphic Novel) takes Tim on a journey into the future to observe
the dangers of magicians and mystical beings on the fate of the human
race. Also featuring appearances by The Sandman's siblings Death and
Destiny, Zatanna, Eclipso, The Spectre, Doctor Fate, Tefe Holland (AKA
The Swamp Thing), Jonah Hex, Space Cabbie, The Legion of Superheroes,
Darkseid, Merlin, The Flash's villian Abracadabra, and the Demon
Etrigan, and many more!
THIS VERSION IS LONG OUT OF PRINT.
HARD TO FIND COLLECTOR'S ITEM BY NEIL GAIMAN .
ONE OF GAIMAN'S EARLIEST WORKS FOR DC COMICS, FOLLOWING HIS ACCLAIMED GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES SANDMAN.
Published by DC Comics.
This is the hard to find first printings of the original BOOKS OF MAGIC with full color lavishly painted illustrations.
This is the RARE original 1990 published version of Gaiman's BOOKS OF
MAGIC, and was never sold in any mass market retail outlets. It was
only available to purchase through comic book specialty shops.
Written by NEIL GAIMAN (Sandman, Coraline, Neverwhere, American Gods, Books of Magic, Black Orchid, Miracleman).
This squarebound book is in brand new condition and measures approx
6.5" x 10" inches, and is printed on high quality paper to enhance the
delicate and beautifully painted artwork.
From one of the most highly recognised and award winning comic writers
on the scene today, Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Death, Violent Cases), and
his collaborator, innovative artist Paul Johnson, comes a haunting and
stylish exploration of a young boy taken on a journey through time to
discover his magical destiny. Timothy Hunter is just like any other
thirteen-year-old boy in London . . . except for the tiny fact that he
might be the most powerful magician of his time.
A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the "Trench Coat Brigade" is
introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy
Hunter. John Constanine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult and Mister E
take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he's
introduced to the greatest practitioners of magic and must choose
whether or not to join their ranks.
Long before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, a young English lad in glasses learned of magic from the pen of Neil Gaiman.
Timothy Hunter, a fairly typical, aimless 12-year-old boy, meets a
quartet of mysterious, powerful men who show him worlds beyond
understanding. Possibly destined to be the greatest magician of his
age, Tim is exposed to wonders and possibilities, alternate realities
and the end of all existence.
His guides on the journey are the so-called "trenchcoat brigade" -- the
Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult, John "Hellblazer" Constantine and the
sightless Mister E -- although other magical luminaries, from Dr. Fate
to Zatanna, will chime in from time to time. His adventures take him
from Faerie to Hell and many dimensions in between, from the start of
time to the final curtain. He'll see the beauty and ugliness of magic,
discover the power of names and the consequences of gifts. He'll meet
Death before his time, and he'll learn a little bit more about trust
The Books of Magic is still a delightful, eye-opening story about
magical potential. Gaiman, who was already deep into his Sandman mythos
by this time, unleashed a new force on the world of comics with this
book, which quickly became a successful, ongoing Vertigo series.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman wrote the award-winning graphic novel series The Sandman,
and with Terry Pratchett, the award-winning novel Good Omens. His first
book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish,
illustrated by Dave McKean, hasn't yet won any awards, but was one of
Newsweek's Best Children's Books of 1997. Angels & Visitations, a
small press story collection, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award
and won the International Horror Critics Guild Award for Best
Collection, despite not having any horror in it. Well, hardly any.Born
in England, he now makes his home in America, in a big dark house of
uncertain location where he grows exotic pumpkins and accumulates
computers and cats. He is currently at work turning his first novel
Neverwhere into a film for Jim Henson films.