On July 18, 1937, the world gave us the infamous gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson. Though he died in 2005, he’s forever immortalized in his novels like Hells Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and films based on his works like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and The Rum Diary.
If you're a fan, you’ll be excited to know you can follow a character loosely based on Thompson. Spider Jerusalem is the star of the comic book series Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. This series was published at first by Helix, DC’s short-lived science fiction imprint, and later published under Vertigo. Now is the perfect time to meet this version of Thompson, because the comic just celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Like Thompson, Jerusalem is a hard-partying writer. The series centers on him coming out of retirement because he failed his entire contract with his publisher. He leaves his remote home and goes back to The City – a fictional location set in the distant future.
Other parallels between Thompson and Jerusalem include an affinity for firearms and a colorful vocabulary. Sunglasses are a staple of the comic character's wardrobe, but Jerusalem’s are bit more futuristic-looking than Thompson's, with red and green lenses. Screen Rant reported that Spider’s assistants are even based on the women that Thompson worked with in real life.
Unfortunately, Transmetropolitan was only published from 1997 to 2002, but the books are still in print and Vertigo released hardcover editions in 2015 and 2016.