Faust (Avatar Press)

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Cover of Faust vol. 1, 1 (1987), art by Tim Vigil
Character information
First appearanceFaust vol 1, #1 (1987)
Created byDavid Quinn; Tim Vigil
In-story information
Alter egoJohnny Faust
Jonathan "John" Jaspers
Johnny Jaspers
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant
  • Retractable forearm talons
Publication information
PublisherNorthstar; Rebel Studios; Avatar Press; Caliber Comics
Faust vol. 1
Faust vol. 2
Faust : 777 the Wrath
Faust : Book of M
Faust : Singha's Talons
Faust : Claire's Lust
FormatsOriginal material for the series has been published as a set of limited series.
Publication dateNovember 1987 – November 2012
Number of issues15
Creative team
Writer(s)David Quinn
Artist(s)Tim Vigil
Penciller(s)Tim Vigil
Inker(s)Tim Vigil Tim Tyler
Title(s)Various printings by Rebel Studios

Faust is the lead superhero character and title of a collective series of comic books by Tim Vigil (art) and playwright David Quinn (stories), released by American publishers Northstar Comics, Caliber Comics, Avatar Press, and principally by Vigil and Quinn's own Rebel Studios.[1]

Alongside contemporaries Watchmen, The Crow, and The Dark Knight Returns, Faust was credited with popularizing the "deconstructed superheroes" genre and the notion "comics aren't just for kids."[2] One of the bestselling independent comics of the era, Faust issue 1 sold over 100,000 copies with later issues averaging 50,000 sales per issue, most of which sold through several printings and editions.[3][4][5]

The series featured strong graphic violence and sexual situations. The main series is known as "Faust: Love Of The Damned" and started publishing in 1987, with new issues being published irregularly, roughly once a year, or sometimes every two years. David Quinn completed a script in 1996 (when writing the proposal to sell the film). The gap between issues grew wider with time. Issue 13 was published in 2005. It then took seven years for the authors to deliver the two last issues, 14 and 15, which concluded the story 25 years after the first episode.[6]

In 2000, Lionsgate Films released the Brian Yuzna produced feature film adaptation "Faust: Love of the Damned"[7] and in July 2021, it was announced Sony Pictures Television would adapt the comic as an animated series.[8]

Plot summary[edit]

In New York City, Beef and Hapi, two hitmen who work for a mysterious Mephistophelian crime boss known as "M", kill a drug dealer and his girlfriend. This violence is detailed in the newspaper articles of Ron Balfour, a journalist who meets Doctor Jade DeCamp in a cafe. Jade has been fired from Bellevue Hospital and is furious over the accidental death of her patient and secret lover, John Jaspers. After Jade leaves the cafe, she and Balfour are assaulted by a gang and a horn-masked figure, Faust, appears laughing and singing while he slaughters the street punks with a pair of retractable forearm talons. Jade realizes in horror that Faust is John Jaspers.[9]

Jaspers later wonders if he is spilled too much blood, or not enough. He, apparently hallucinating, sees demons everywhere. One night from his Brooklyn Heights mansion, M calls a radio station and requests to play the song "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" repeatedly, saying it should be dedicated "From M to the new kid in town", Faust. Later, it is shown that M played a role in Jaspers' Bellevue treatment. M's criminal colleagues want him to unleash his secret "Project Assassin", to eliminate Faust, unaware that Faust is M's prized killer. Jaspers then regains his lost memories of being an assassin for M, as well as the rebellion that led to his supposed "death".


  • Faust : Love of the Damned
  • Faust : 777 the Wrath - Darkness in Collision[10]
  • Faust : Communion
  • Faust : Book of M
  • Faust : Singha's Talons
  • Faust : Claire's Lust


  1. ^ "A Celebratory Conclusion: Tim Vigil and Faust". The Factual Opinion. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  2. ^ Johnston, Rich (June 3, 2012). "The Return Of Faust". bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "NYCC '12 Interview with Tim Vigil and David Quinn | Rebel Studios". rebelstudios.proboards.com. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  4. ^ "AICN COMICS EXCLUSIVE Q&@: Ambush Bug catches up with writer David Quinn on some exciting new FAUST news!!!". Ain't It Cool News. 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ Kayfabe, Cartoonist (June 15, 2019). "The Tim Vigil (Faust, Grips, EO) Shoot Interview". YouTube.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "AICN COMICS SPECIAL PREVIEW: Want to take a sneak peek at David Quinn and Tim Vigil's latest chapter of FAUST: LOVE OF THE DAMNED? Of course you do!". Ain't It Cool News. 13 September 2012.
  7. ^ Holland, Jonathan (2001-02-23). "Faust, Love of the Damned". Variety. Retrieved 2020-09-30.
  8. ^ "'Faust': Animated Series Based On Comic In Works At Sony Pictures Television From Matteo Pizzolo". Deadline. Retrieved July 7, 2021.
  9. ^ Burgas, Greg (September 29, 2014). "Year of the Artist, Day 272: Tim Vigil, Part 1 – Faust: Love of the Damned #1". Comicbookresources.com.
  10. ^ "Faust 777: The Wrath #4". Comicvine.com. 1 October 1994. Retrieved 17 December 2013.