Artist Leonardo Manco Signs Exclusive with DC

Official Press Release

Artist Leonardo Manco, whose credits include HELLBLAZER, Doom, and Apache Skies, has signed a two-year exclusive agreement with DC Comics.

Manco, who contributes 12 pages of art to HELLBLAZER #200, will become the series' regular artist with issue #201. He is also the illustrator of the upcoming original VERTIGO graphic novel HELLBLAZER: ALL HIS ENGINES, written by Mike Carey.

"Above everything, I am very happy to be working on HELLBLAZER," says Manco. "It is a dream come true, because John Constantine is one of VERTIGO's most mysterious characters. Working with Mike Carey is an honor for me, because he understands Constantine perfectly, which is very inspiring. Will Dennis is an excellent editor who gives me freedom to create. I was not expecting this exclusive contract, and I am going to respond with my best work ever, to meet the expectations of everyone at VERTIGO, and the fans' as well."

"We're thrilled that Leo has agreed to an exclusive with DC - and found a home at VERTIGO - because stylistically he is a perfect fit for us," says Editor Will Dennis. "His art has a staggering, visceral quality and is exploding with energy. On top of that he is a consummate professional and has a contagious enthusiasm that any editor loves to see!"

HELLBLAZER #200 will be solicited in the July issue of Previews (Vol. XIV #7). This special 48-page issue is scheduled to arrive in stores on September 29.

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