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Timothy Hunter


Premiere issue of The Books of Magic ongoing series (May 1994), cover art by Gary Amaro & Peter Gross. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 381 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (400 × 629 pixel, file size: 79 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Cover, The Books of Magic (ongoing series) #1 (May 1994), DC/Vertigo, cover art by Gary Amaro (Pencils) Peter Gross (Inks) Source: http...

Publisher DC Comics/Vertigo
First appearance Books of Magic #1: The Invisible Labyrinth (DC Vertigo, 1990)
Created by Neil Gaiman
John Bolton
Characteristics
Alter ego Timothy Hunter
Affiliations John Constantine
Zatanna
Doctor Occult
Phantom Stranger
Abilities One of the greatest mages in history, and he's learning to control his power quickly.

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. DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... 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. ... John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ... Zatanna Zatara is a fictional wizard and a superheroine in the DC universe. ... Doctor Occult is a fictional magic user in the DC Comics universe. ... 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. ... Alice, a fictional character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... Magic or sorcery are terms referring to the alleged influencing of events and physical phenomena by supernatural, mystical, or paranormal means. ... In comic books, the term first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Cover for the Italian edition of the series. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many graphic novels. ... 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. ...

Contents

Character history

In that story, a group of four DC mystics — John Constantine, the Phantom Stranger, Mister E, and Doctor Occult (the Trenchcoat Brigade) — approach the young Hunter and inform him he had the potential to become the world's greatest magician. In A Christmas Carol fashion, he is taken on a journey to the mystic parts of the DC Universe's past (by the Phantom Stranger), its present (by Constantine), and its future (by Mister E), and also shown the world of the Faerie (by Doctor Occult), along with such other planes of existence as The Dreaming). John Constantine (born May 10, 1953 in Liverpool, England) is the fictional protagonist of the comic series Hellblazer. ... 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. ... Mister E is a fictional magic user in the DC Comics universe. ... Doctor Occult is a fictional magic user in the DC Comics universe. ... The Trenchcoat Brigade is a four-issue mini-series of comic books that was published in the 1999 by DC Comics Vertigo imprint. ... A Christmas Carol (full title: A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being a Ghost Story of Christmas) is Charles Dickens little Christmas Book first published on December 19,[1] 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. ... 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 fictional place, the domain of Dream of the Endless in Neil Gaimans The Sandman comic book series. ...


After the journey, he must decide whether to remain an ordinary boy or to follow the path of magic. After some thought, he chooses the former, then immediately recants the choice. However, he had made the decision long before.


The original miniseries was collected as a 1993 trade paperback. Subsequent Tim Hunter appearances have included the one-shot Arcana: The Books of Magic in 1993 (part of the Vertigo title cross-over series "The Children's Crusade" in which Tim Hunter appeared a second time), the ongoing series The Books of Magic, which ran 75 issues from May 1994 to August 2000, plus three annuals starting 1997; the two-issue miniseries Hellblazer / The Books of Magic (Dec. 1997 - Jan. 1998); the Names of Magic miniseries, which led into the Hunter: The Age of Magic series. The slightly differently spelled series Books of Magick: Life During Wartime, which ran 15 issues from September 2004 to October 2005, was also a story about an older Tim Hunter, but was not rooted in the continuity of the earlier volumes. A trade paperback can refer to any book that is bound with a heavy paper cover that is generally cheaper than the hardcover but more expensive than the regular paperback version. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Hellblazer is a comic book series published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, which features the central character John Constantine. ...


Other trade-paperback collections include The Books of Magic: The Summoning (1996).


Similarities to Harry Potter

Many people have noticed similarities between Timothy Hunter — a bespectacled English teenager with family troubles who has a magical owl as a pet — and the later and more famous Harry Potter of J.K. Rowling's novels. Gaiman has been quoted as saying that any similarities between the two are largely superficial and most likely reflect the fact that both draw on common archetypes. Most significantly, the original miniseries was published long before the Harry Potter books, the first of which was published in 1997. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ... Joanne Rowling OBE (born July 31, 1965 in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire), commonly known as J.K. Rowling (pronunciation: roll-ing; her former students used to joke with her name calling her the Rolling Stone), is a British fiction writer. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ...


Trivia

Timothy Hunter bears the face of Bolton´s elder brother at young age.


External links

  • International Hero webpage on Timothy Hunter
  • Neil Gaiman interview refuting accusations of plagiarism

  Results from FactBites:
 
The Books of Magic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (711 words)
In part one, "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.
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 and was accepted into a school of magic.
Many people have noticed similarities between Timothy Hunter — a bespectacled English teenager with family troubles who has a magical owl as a pet — and the later and more famous Harry Potter.
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