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The Books of Magic


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Publisher DC Comics (Vertigo Comics)
Publication dates 1990 - 1991
Number of issues 4
Creative team
Writer(s) Neil Gaiman
John Ney Rieber
Peter Gross
Artist(s) John Bolton
Scott Hampton
Charles Vess
Paul Johnson

The Books of Magic is the title of a four-issue English-language comic book limited series written by Neil Gaiman, and later an ongoing series, published by the DC Comics imprint Vertigo. Since its original publication, it has also been published in a single-volume collection with an introduction by author Roger Zelazny. It tells the story of a young boy who has the potential to become the world's greatest magician. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... An illustration by John Bolton John Bolton (1951, London) is a comic book artist and illustrator most known for his dense, painted style - often verging on the photoreal or resembling an oil painting. ... Category: ... Charles Vess (born 1951) is an American illustrator. ... Paul Johnson (born ) is a comic book artist. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... The limited series is a term referring to a comic book series with a set finite number of issues. ... Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... Roger Joseph Zelazny (May 13, 1937 – June 14, 1995) was an American writer of fantasy and science fiction short stories and novels. ...

Contents

Miniseries

The Books of Magic began as a four-issue miniseries written by Neil Gaiman, published in 1990 and 1991. Each prestige-format issue was illustrated by a different artist: "The Invisible Labyrinth" by John Bolton, "The Shadow World" by Scott Hampton, "The Land of Summer's Twilight" by Charles Vess, and "The Road to Nowhere" by Paul Johnson. Neil Richard Gaiman (IPA: ) (born November 10, 1960[2]) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... An illustration by John Bolton John Bolton (1951, London) is a comic book artist and illustrator most known for his dense, painted style - often verging on the photoreal or resembling an oil painting. ... Category: ... Charles Vess (born 1951) is an American illustrator. ... Paul Johnson (born ) is a comic book artist. ...


In Book I, "The Invisible Labyrinth", Timothy Hunter is approached by four of the DC Universe's mystical heroes, and, after agreeing to the tour, is shown the DC Universe's past by the Phantom Stranger. In Book II, "The Shadow World", Tim is shown around the DC Universe's present by John Constantine. In Book III, "The Land of Summer's Twilight", Doctor Occult shows Tim the Land of Faerie, with brief stopovers in a number of other otherworlds (including the Dreaming). In Book IV, "The Road to Nowhere", Mister E shows Tim the DC Universe's future (or, at least, one of its possible futures), and Tim faces a decision about whether to try and fulfill his potential, or to live out his life as a normal person. Timothy Hunter (often called Tim Hunter) is a fictional comic book character in the DC Comics universe, a young sorcerer who first appeared in the four-issue miniseries The Books of Magic (1990-91), written by Neil Gaiman, with painted art by John Bolton. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ... John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ... Doctor Occult is a fictional magic user in the DC Comics universe. ... In mythology and in fiction, Faerie (see also fairy) is an otherworldly realm, home to the Fae or fairies, though many believe this place to be neither mythical nor fictional, but quite real. ... The Dreaming is a part of a fictional, supernatural world used as the setting for several comic book series and graphic novels, particularly The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, all published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. ... Mister E is a fictional character that has appears mainly in the Vertigo comics universe, though he sometimes appears in the DC Comics universe. ...


Ongoing comic book series

After the miniseries, Tim Hunter came back in Arcana Annual, the sixth part of The Children's Crusade (Vertigo comics) series. The Arcana name was changed back to Books of Magic in an ongoing comic book series about the further adventures of Timothy Hunter. This series was written by John Ney Rieber (issues #1-50) and Peter Gross (issues #51-75), it ran from May 1994 to August 2000. The Childrens Crusade is a two issue Vertigo mini-series. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ...


The depiction of Tim Hunter's life continued in a five-issue mini-series called The Names of Magic, in which Tim learnt his true name (Timothy Hunter; Tamar, son of Tamlin; The Opener; The Merlin; Magic) and was accepted into the school of magic, known simply as White School, which exists across the Multiverse of Worlds in DC. Another ongoing called Hunter: The Age of Magic (25 issues) followed shortly after the end of this series. It ran from September 2001 to September 2003, and told of his graduation and what happened to him afterwards. Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Another series, Books of Magick: Life During Wartime began in July 2004 and lasted fifteen issues. This series depicts two Earths, both of which have a strong connection to an alternate version of Tim Hunter. On one of these worlds a war is going on between humans (known as the Bred) and the races of the Faerie (known as the Born). The world is ruled by the Born, but there is a resistance made up of both Born and Bred that features versions of Zatanna and John Constantine among others. The second world is one made by Tim Hunter as a place of safety where he can hide from his enemies. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ...


Novels

In 2003 HarperCollins began publishing a series of Books of Magic children's novels under the Eos imprint, adapted from the comics series by Carla Jablonski. HarperCollins is a publishing company owned by News Corporation. ...

  • The Books of Magic 1: The Invitation ISBN 0064473791
  • The Books of Magic 2: Bindings ISBN 0064473805
  • The Books of Magic 3: The Children's Crusade ISBN 0064473813
  • The Books of Magic 4: Consequences ISBN 0-06-447382-1
  • The Books of Magic 5: Lost Places ISBN 0-06-447383-X
  • The Books of Magic 6: Reckonings ISBN 0-06-447384-8

The first book is based on the original miniseries. The subsequent books are based on story arcs in the second series, except The Children's Crusade, which is based on the Vertigo crossover event of the same name. The Childrens Crusade is a two issue Vertigo mini-series. ...


Spin-off

There were also several spin-off mini-series set in the Faerie realm, entitled The Books of Faerie. One series documents the misadventures of Molly, Tim's sometimes girlfriend, when she accidentally becomes trapped in Faerie. Another documents Auberon's rise to power while yet another documents Titania's.


Similarities with Harry Potter

Similarities between Timothy Hunter — a bespectacled English teenager with family troubles, a scar on his forehead and who has a magical owl as a pet — and the later and more famous Harry Potter have been noted by several sources. Neil Gaiman has been quoted as saying that while there are similarities between the two they are largely superficial and most likely reflect the fact that both draw on common archetypes.[1] This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ...


Trade paperback collections

  • Ongoing comic book series
  1. Bindings (Issues #1-4)
    1. "Bindings: Prologue"
    2. "Bindings": Parts 1-3
  2. Summonings (Issues #5-13)
    1. "The Hidden School"
    2. "Sacrifices: Parts 1-3"
    3. "The Artificial Heart": Parts 1-3
    4. "Small Glass Worlds": Parts 1-2
  3. Reckonings (Issues #14-20)
    1. "What Fire Leaves Us"
    2. "Playgrounds": Parts 1-6
  4. Transformations (Issues #21-25)
    1. "Heavy Petting"
    2. "Needlepoint"
    3. "And Sure in Language Strange She Said"
    4. "Used to Bes"
  5. Girl in the Box (Issues #26-32)
    1. "Rites of Passage: Prologue"
    2. "Rites of Passage": Parts 1-6
  6. The Burning Girl (Issues #33-41)
    1. "Rites of Passage": Parts 7-11
    2. "Rites of Passage: Conclusion"
    3. "Solitaire"
    4. "The Motherless"
    5. "Nothing Up My Sleeve"
  7. Death After Death (Issues #42-50)
    1. "The Bridge"
    2. "King of This"
    3. "Slave of Heavens: Prologue"
    4. "Slave of Heavens": Parts 1-4
    5. "Slave of Heavens": Conclusion
    6. "The Box"

The remaining issues remain uncollected.

  • Books of Magick: Life During Wartime
  1. Life During Wartime (Issues #1-5)
    1. "Have You Seen the Stars Tonight"
    2. "Storm Warning"
    3. "War Babies"
    4. "The Diplomacy of Monsters"
    5. "Passing in a River"

Also See

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