The British music icon became the inspiration behind the character of John Constantine, with creator Alan Moore stating that, "Constantine was the result of "fit[ting] it all together." Initially created "purely to get Sting into the story."
When writer Alan Moore and artists Steve Bissette and John Totleben created the character, they looked to a rock star for their inspiration: Sting. All three men were fans of The Police, and when you look at early Constantine, the resemblance is unmistakable. In Swamp Thing #51, Constantine even pops up on a boat named "The Honorable Gordon Sumner" (Gordon Sumner is Sting's real name). According to rumor, at some point, Sting actually gave Constantine his seal of approval.