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When Hellblazer arrives in stores on December 17th, it will hit two milestones.  First the title hits the magic issue #250, which in itself is a great achievement, but the second is a little bit more important as it marks the longest running series for Vertigo.

To celebrate the company is giving readers a five for one deal.

If the idea of a holiday issue of HELLBLAZER strikes you as irreverent and a little perverse, well, that’s exactly why it works so well. Here, the holiday season of everyone’s favorite chain smoking, magical con-man, John Constantine, is disrupted by the darkest depths of humanity and the supernatural.

Take the jump for the list of contributors for the milestone issue.

HLB-Cv250.jpgABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS:

  • Dave Gibbons is best-known for the iconic look of the best-selling Watchmen— one of Time Magazine’s 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to the present. Gibbons’ story “Happy Fucking New Year” takes Constantine from a museum theft to a human sacrifice.
  • China Mieville has written stories for McSweeney’s and Hellboy; he is the author of 5 novels. His story “Ash” explores the real angels of Christmas.
  • Peter Milligan, author of Shade, the Changing Man and X-Statix will be taking over as the ongoing Hellblazer series writer with the next issue. His story in issue #250, “The Curse of Christmas”, follows a ghost trying to unravel the mystery of what killed him.
  • Brian Azzarello, acclaimed Chicago author of 100 Bullets, and Joker returns to the pages of Hellblazer. His story “All I Goat For Christmas” explores the myth of the Chicago Cubs curse.
  • Jamie Delano, the first ongoing Hellblazer writer (#1-24, 28-31, 33-40, 84) is back. His story “Christmas Cards” takes Constantine to a high stakes poker game.
  • Sean Phillips is best-known for his art in Sleeper, WildC.A.T.s, and earlier issues of Hellblazer.
  • Giuseppe Camuncoli’s work has appeared in Swamp Thing, Batgirl Secret Files, and Spider-Man.
  • Eddie Campbell is best-known for collaborating with Alan Moore on the acclaimed graphic novel From Hell and his work as writer/artist on Bacchus.
  • Rafael Grampa has provided illustration for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Diesel, and ESPN-NBA Sports.
  • David Lloyd is best-known for illustrating the seminal work V For Vendetta; this is his third time drawing the John Constantine character.

HELLBLAZER #250 (Vertigo/ December 17, 2008 / color / 48 pgs / $3.99) is a celebration of a classic series for longtime readers—and a great entry point for new readers.

via DC Comics

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Stephen Schleicher

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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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