Faust (Avatar Press)

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Cover of Faust vol. 1, 1 (1987). Art by Tim Vigil.
Character information
First appearance Faust vol 1, #1 (1987)
Created by David Quinn; Tim Vigil
In-story information
Alter ego John Jaspers
  • Peak human physical condition
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant
  • Retractable forearm talons
Publication information
Publisher Northstar; Rebel Studios; Avatar Press
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a set of limited series.
Publication date November 1987 – November 2012
Number of issues 15
Creative team
Writer(s) David Quinn
Artist(s) Tim Vigil
Penciller(s) Tim Vigil
Inker(s) Tim Vigil Tim Tyler
Letterer(s) Pagan
Creator(s) David Quinn; Tim Vigil
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 David Quinn (stories), published by Rebel Studios and Avatar Press. Writer David Quinn wrote that his work's tone and main character, Faust, may have been inspirations for Spawn.[1]

The series are known for their 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 issue.[2][3]


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.[4]

Jaspers later wonders if he's 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 had a hand in Jaspers' Bellvue 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 remembers being an assassin for M, as well as the rebellion that led to his supposed "death."


The original comic was adapted into a film by director Brian Yuzna in 2001, as Faust: Love of the Damned.


  • Faust : Love of the Damned
  • Faust : 777 the Wrath - Darkness in Collision[5]
  • Faust : Book of M
  • Faust : Singha's Talons
  • Faust : Claire's Lust


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