Ver­tigo Comics

A look into the first 40 years of the famed pub­lisher.

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When DC Comics launched their Ver­tigo im­print in 1993, they wanted a place where they could de­velop some of their lesser-known char­ac­ters and give cre­ators a chance to tell con­tro­ver­sial and ground­break­ing new sto­ries. Comics like Sand­man and Hell­blazer were do­ing well for them and they wanted to give them a home of their own. Fast-for­ward 23 years and Ver­tigo screen adap­ta­tions are ev­ery­where you look. Whether they bombed, like Con­stan­tine, pro­gressed nicely like Lu­cifer and iZom­bie or were the hottest new show of the sum­mer (hello, Preacher), the TV in­dus­try fi­nally seemed to cot­ton on to what the comics in­dus­try fig­ured out over two decades ago – con­tro­ver­sial, provoca­tive ma­te­rial is al­ways the most in­ter­est­ing. 1990s Ver­tigo marked a cre­ative pe­riod that re­mains in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive to this day. We got Sand­man, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Hell­blazer, Trans­metropoli­tan, 100 Bul­lets, The In­vis­i­bles and more that decade, with ti­tles like Lu­cifer, Fa­bles and Y: The Last Man fol­low­ing in the early ’00s. Aside from poorly-re­ceived film adap­ta­tions of V For Vendetta and Hell­blazer (as Keanu Reeves ve­hi­cle Con­stan­tine) and on­go­ing failed at­tempts to adapt Sand­man for the big screen, the film and TV in­dus­try has been slow to take ad­van­tage of Ver­tigo’s treasure trove of orig­i­nal sto­ries. But with the suc­cess of Preacher, that’s likely to change now.

think dif­fer­ent

Right from the be­gin­ning, Ver­tigo was de­ter­mined to do things dif­fer­ently. “I’m not a comic book fan,” ad­mits Ver­tigo founder and for­mer ex­ec­u­tive ed­i­tor Karen Berger. “I think I bring a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive to the work that I’ve done be­cause I bring things from other ar­eas of in­ter­est, ob­jec­tiv­ity, no sort of fan at­tach­ments, and ul­ti­mately just a

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