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Is there any evidence for this? I have encountered a person on a forum who claimed this to be true, but he failed to supply any proof. While I can notice some similarities, is this claim actually true?

To be clear, I mean his first appearance in print - trench coat, blonde, tall. Same as his last portrayal by Matt Ryan.

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    I don't see why this should be voted closed, it's a legitimate question. The OP is asking for evidence, not our opinions. – Daft Dec 9 '16 at 16:39
  • Are you looking for his comic appearance or an appearance from somewhere else, like the 2005 movie? – Thunderforge Dec 9 '16 at 20:53
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    His physical appearance in the 2005 movie was hardly even based on that of the character, forget Sting ;) – faintsignal Dec 10 '16 at 1:34
  • @Thunderforge - tall, blonde, trenchcoat... ring a bell? – Gallifreyan Dec 10 '16 at 4:39
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    @faintsignal: That was Neo, not John. – Martin Schröder Mar 13 '17 at 12:22
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Yes. Alan Moore has stated that in an interview: Steve Bissette and John Totleben, the artists drawing the Swamp Thing (that Alan Moore was writing at the time) sent him notes, expressing a desire to draw a character looking like Sting.

So he created the character John Constantine:

But I can state categorically that the character only existed because Steve and John wanted to do a character that looked like Sting. Having been given that challenge, how could I fit Sting into Swamp Thing ? I have an idea that most of the mystics in comics are generally older people, very austere, very proper, very middle class in a lot of ways. They are not at all functional on the street. It struck me that it might be interesting for once to do an almost blue-collar warlock. Somebody who was streetwise, working class, and from a different background than the standard run of comic book mystics. Constantine started to grow out of that.

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    IIRC, one of the comics acknowledged it in a recursive manner by having a pair of girls sleep with Constantine because he "looked like Sting". – FuzzyBoots Dec 22 '16 at 19:15

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