The Trenchcoat Brigade
|The Trenchcoat Brigade|
The Trenchcoat Brigade #1, cover art by Glenn Fabry.
|Publication date||March – June 1999|
|Number of issues||4|
|Writer(s)||John Ney Rieber|
|Letterer(s)||Elle De Ville|
The title references an offhand joke used by John Constantine in the earlier Books of Magic series to label a loose affiliation of mystics including himself, Phantom Stranger, Doctor Occult, and Mister E who share a preference for trenchcoats as their outdoor wear (Constantine was knowingly paraphrasing the title of Alfred Lord Tennyson's famous "The Charge of the Light Brigade", about a reckless military event).
They first appeared together in Neil Gaiman's The Books of Magic series, in which they attempted to guide Tim Hunter through various realms of Magic in the DC Universe in order to teach him all of Magic's abilities and consequences.
The group would later re-unite in the five-issue mini-series The Names of Magic, before finally getting their own mini-series.
The names listed are those used while the character was associated with the "Trenchcoat Brigade".
The first appearance column lists the place where the character first appeared as a member of the team. It is not necessarily the first appearance of the character in print, nor the story depicting how the character joined the team.
All information is listed in publication order first, then alphabetical.
|Character||Real name||First joined team||First appearance|
|John Constantine||John Constantine||The Books of Magic #1 (December 1990)||The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (June 1985)|
|Doctor Occult||Richard Occult||The Books of Magic #1 (December 1990)||New Fun Comics #6 (October 1935)|
|Mister E||Erik||The Books of Magic #1 (December 1990)||Secrets of Haunted House #31 (Dec. 1980)|
|Phantom Stranger||Judas Iscariot||The Books of Magic #1 (December 1990)||Phantom Stranger #1 (August–September 1952)|
|Rose Psychic||Rose Spiritus||The Books of Magic #3 (February 1991)||New Fun Comics #6 (October 1935)|
- The Trenchcoat Brigade at the Grand Comics Database
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