Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Dr. John Hathaway (illustrated by Russel Roehling)

Hi...remember me. Okay, yes, it's been a while and I feel guilty, but things have been incredibly busy here at the Sandman Portraits HQ and sadly I've been neglecting all of you... Sorry. It won't happen again. Honest.

I do have some exciting announcements, which I'll save for another time.

Next week is the release date for the first issue of Sandman: Overture. I am sure that you are all as excited as I am.

To celebrate the release next week I've decided to post new portraits every day until next Wednesday!!!

First up is...well, the first character to appear in Sandman....

John Hathaway was the senior curator at the Royal Museum in London.

On June 6th 1916 Hathway visited Roderick Burgess at his manor in Wych Cross, England and brought him a copy of The Magdalene Grimoire, which belonged to the museum. Hathaway’s son, Edmund, was killed the previous week when his Destroyer was sunk off Jutland (in the Battle Of Jutland in WWI). Burgess believed that with this book he could capture Death and prevent people from dying again, a subject which spoke to Hathaway after his recent tragedy.

In June 1920 during an overdue inventory of the Royal Museum’s catalogues it is discovered that several books and manuscripts were missing and John Hathaway came under suspicion.

Hathaway planned to kill himself and in his suicide note he implicated Burgess in blackmailing him to obtain books and documents that originally belonged to the museum. Hathaway used a knife, one of the museum artifacts, to kill himself. Unfortunately the letter was destroyed, through magical means, by Burgess and so the truth about his involvement was never discovered.

John Hathaway appears several times in Sandman # 1. He is actually the first person to appear in the entire Sandman series.

This portrait was painted by Russel. He did a stunning job with this character. Not only did he capture the personality of the character perfectly, but he also managed to capture a creepy atmosphere around him. This is a fantastic portrait!!!

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