"C'mon then, you maggoty piece of Hell meat! Eat me! I'll bloody choke you!"
John Constantine
Hellblazer 1
Title: "Hunger"
Volume: 1
number: 1
Cover date: January, 1988
Publisher: DC Comics
Executive editor: Dick Giordano
Writers: Jamie Delano
Pencilers: John Ridgway
Inkers: John Ridgway
Cover artists: Dave McKean
Cover inker: Dave McKean
Colorists: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterers: Annie Halfacree
Editors: Karen Berger
Next: Hellblazer #2

"Hunger" is the story title to the premiere issue of the American occult horror comic book series Hellblazer, which is published by DC Comics and features the character of John Constantine. The story was written by Jamie Delano and illustrated by John Ridgway, who also provided the ink work for this issue. The cover art illustration was composed by Dave McKean. The story was colored by Lovern Kindzierski and lettered by Annie Halfacree. It was edited by Karen Berger. This issue shipped with a January, 1988 cover date and carries a cover price of $1.75 per copy (US).

Plot Edit

A demon of hunger known as Mnemoth has been released in New York City and begins infecting various people. Those infected by Mnemoth's influence become ravenously hungry. But the more they eat, the hungrier they become. Henry Wambach starves to death despite the fact that he eats copious amounts of food.

In London, John Constantine returns to his flat to find one of his old band mates from Mucous Membrane, Gary Lester in his apartment. Gary is sitting in his bathtub covered in bugs. John sprays him down with aerosol and tries to calm Gary down. Gary tells John, that he had tried to contain the essence of Mnemoth after a botched exorcism upon a young Sudanese boy. He mailed the bottled demon to the address of one of John's old girlfriends in New York (believing that John was still staying there).

First, John travels to the Sudan to consult with a medicine man as to the nature of Mnemoth. He then takes Gary and travels to New York to make contact with the Voodoo crime lord, Papa Midnite. He tells Midnite that it would be in his best interest to help him against Mnemoth. He asks Midnite to watch over Gary Lester.

John then goes to the apartment of his old girlfriend, Emma. The demon bottle is not there. He finds Emma's ghost who walks and chats with him for a while. John realizes that Mnemoth has been released and he follows trails of swarming insects to an old church. He faces off with Mnemoth in his full fury. John races out of the church, unable to stop Mnemoth.

Appearances Edit

Featured characters Edit

Supporting characters Edit

Antagonists Edit

Minor characters Edit

Creatures Edit

Locations Edit

Items Edit

Vehicles Edit

  • None

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • Forty-page premier issue.
  • The original title for this series was Hellraiser, but it was changed prior to publication so as to not be confused with the 1988 Clive Barker horror film, Hellraiser.
  • Although published in 1988, issues #1 and 2 of this series takes place in November of 1987. This storyline chronlogically takes place five months after the events chronicled in Hellblazer #3.
  • This issue makes reference to the botched Newcastle exorcism. The details surrounding this event are revealed in Hellblazer #11.
  • This issue features a fictitious magazine article written by Satchmo Hawkins entitled, "Faces on the Street". The column appears as a feature in XS Magazine and is partially printed on the inside front cover of this issue.

Index Edit

  • First apperance of Papa Midnite - a Haitian occultist. Papa Midnite becomes a recurring supporting character for the remainder of the series and the title character of his own five-issue limited series in 2005. He chronologically appeared last in flashback in Hellblazer #72. He appears next in Hellblazer #2.
  • First appearance of Gary Lester - a drug addicted occultist. Gary Lester makes a chronlogically earlier appearance in a flashback in Hellblazer #11, which precedes the flashback sequences from this issue. He appears next in Hellblazer #2.
  • First appearance of Ali - a new shop clerk. He appears next in Hellblazer #4.
  • First and only appearance to date of the Dinkan shaman; appears in flashback only.
  • First and only appearance of Eddie - one of Mnemoth's victims; dies in this issue.
  • First and only appearance to date of Gino - a hot dog vendor.
  • First and only appearance of Henry Wambach - a post office employee; dies in this issue.
  • First and only appearance to date of Kenny - a Londoner.
  • First and only appearance to date of Marty - a diner.
  • First appearance of Mighty Mouse - John's neighbor.
  • First appearance of Mrs. McGuire - John's landlady.
  • First and only appearance to date of the priest; identity unknown.
  • Behind the scenes appearance of Satchmo Hawkins - a writer for XS Magazine.
  • First and only appearance to date of the Sudanese boy; dies in flashback in this issue.
  • First and only appearance to date of Wayne - a Londoner.

Recommended Reading Edit

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Series links Edit

Issue links Edit

Hellblazer logo
This comic book issue pertains to the Hellblazer comic book series and all affiliate titles. This template will categorize images that include it into the Category:Hellblazer Vol 1 category.

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.