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TheSandman

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A GraphicNovel series written by NeilGaiman. Covers by DaveMcKean.
some scans can be found online here

Kinge of Dremes, The Prince of Stories, Prince Morpheus, The Oneiromancer, The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Dream Master), King of Dreams, of the Nightmare Realm, The Dreamlord (Lord of Dreams), Dream King, Lord of the Sleeping Marches, Lord of the, Sleeping, Lord of Sleep, Master of the Realm of Sleep, Oneiros, The Shaper of Form, The Shaper of Forms, Cat of Dreams, King of the Riddle Realms, Shaper or Lord Shaper, Lord of the Dream World, Prince of Stories, Monarch of the Sleeping Marches, His Darkness, Dream of the Endless, The Dreamweaver, The Nightmare King, Dream-creature, The Shaper of Dreams, Sultan of Sleep
Kinge of Dremes, The Prince of Stories, Prince Morpheus, The Oneiromancer, The Sandman, Master of Dreams (Dream Master), King of Dreams, of the Nightmare Realm, The Dreamlord (Lord of Dreams), Dream King, Lord of the Sleeping Marches, Lord of the, Sleeping, Lord of Sleep, Master of the Realm of Sleep, Oneiros, The Shaper of Form, The Shaper of Forms, Cat of Dreams, King of the Riddle Realms, Shaper or Lord Shaper, Lord of the Dream World, Prince of Stories, Monarch of the Sleeping Marches, His Darkness, Dream of the Endless, The Dreamweaver, The Nightmare King, Dream-creature, The Shaper of Dreams, Sultan of Sleep

Lets see, I got single comics 1-14 inherited from LliWilburn. It took me awhile (years) to be bothered with reading them. I found them pretty good... and nostalgia inducing. I remember many of my friends being into this graphic novel series when I went to parsons in nyc. I particularly remember SandySpreitz having an ashtray in the shape of a mask of his face. Anyway, so now I have read in addition to those, some of the anthologies I’ve found in the bibliotheek, and I guess I will try now to read them all.

  1. Preludes & Noctures (1-9)
    I was a little confused by this at first. It felt like coming in at the middle of a story, which I guess is what it was. The Dream Lord has been held captive and his realm gone to waste. Once free he must gather the pieces of himself again they are held by three deamons. A rather amusing contest is held in hell. It ends with him angering Lucifer Morningstar.
  2. The Doll’s House (10-16)
    A very creepy and humorous serial killer convention coincides with a quest of Rose Walker whose grandmother has been asleep for years. Introduced is The Corinthian, a renegade nightmare. Are the superheroes living in the little kids head in this series? Important later.
  3. Dream Country (17-20)
    I believe this is the one where we find Calliope captive of some hack writer. She and Dream had a child and it was Orpheus of all things. Also the story of Fairie and the Shakespere “Midsummer Nights Dream” connection.
  4. Season of Mists (21-28)
    Lucifer quits hell giving Morpheus the key.
  5. A Game of You (32-37)
    The Cuckoo. Something inside of a little girl.
  6. Fables & Reflections
  7. Brief Lives (41-49)1
    He kills Orpheus, it was what he wanted. “You have a life, so live” was the advice he gave but Orpheus went to hell to seek his love anyway. This mercy killing sets Dream up for his own end. The saddest of all the sad things which happen to him is the second death of his son.
  8. World’s End
  9. The Kindly Ones (57-69)
    A really lovely and fitting end. The dreaming is ripped apart by a mothers rage.
  10. The Wake
  11. Endless Nights
    A new one! I saw this for sale at the comic store just up the street but alas, I’ve no disposible income lately to spend on such things (it cost 18euro btw)

I also own Dust Covers which is a compendium of all the Sandman covers made by DaveMcKean and DeathTheHighCostOfLiving which I bought long time ago because I liked the idea of Death being a girl that looked like SusanMiller back in the day ;)

Theres alot to like about the series really. The depiction of The Furies in The Kindly Ones, for example. I’d say that The kKindly Ones and Brief Lives were my favorite compilations.


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Footnotes:

1. the titles for this series are cool too:
Sandman #41, Blossom For A Lady – Rain In The Doorway – Not Her Sister – Want / Not Want – The View From The Backs Of Mirrors – Journal Of The Plague Year – “The Number You Have Dialed...,” DC Comics, 1992
Sandman #42, It Always Rains On The Unloved – Wet Dreams – A Fishing Expedition – She Kisses Wyverns (The Disneyland Analogy) – Dinner Etiquette And Chocolate Lovers – Desire Swears By The First Circle – “Things Are Changing” – What Can Possibly Go Wrong?, DC Comics, 1992
Sandman #43, “The People Who Remember Atlantis-Concerning Mammoths, And Falling Walls-Who Controls Transportation?-Bored, She Makes Little Frogs-Truth Or Consequences, And Other Places-Ancestral Voices Prophesying-The Dogs Of Art-“When I dream, Sometimes I Remember How To Fly.,” DC Comics, 1992
Sandman #44, “The Other Side Of The Sky-A Bear And His Shadow-Departed Secrets-“Twinkle’s A Nice Word. So’s Viridian. Three Keys-A Treatise On optics-The Perils Of Smoking In bed?,” DC Comics, 1992
Sandman #45, The Things We Do To Be Loved, Her Hands Do Not Go To The Moon-The Driving Instructor-Tiffany Watches I-White Knights And / Or Pond-Scum-Are Dalmatians Flowers?-Nancy Displays Her Erudition-Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am-Tiffany Watches II, DC Comics, 1993
Sandman #46, Life Isn’t Pleasant, Petrified-The Parting Of The Ways-The Trouble With Mortals-Dreamings Of Meeting Or Meetings Of Dreaming?-The Trouble With Gods-Mervyn Sets Him Straight-Have You Got Anything With A Happy Ending?, Tempus Frangit, Death Talks About Life, DC Comics, 1993
Sandman #47, Cooking Considered As One Of The Fine Arts, My Envelope Isn’t Any Good Anymore, Where All Mazes Meet-The Other Side Of The Coin-Life As A Glass Of Bitter Wine-Cherries Are Counted, And A Bargain Is Made-An Unlikely Growth, DC Comics, 1993
Sandman #48, Journey’s End-Brains, A Heart, A Ride In A Balloon-Dinner-Something New-The Illusion Of Permanence-A Wreath Of Bright Stars-Echoes Of Darkness-Up. Out., DC Comics (Vertigo), 1993
Sandman #49, Farewells-Answered Prayers-The Flowers Of Romance-Journey’s End-The Gates Of Horn-Things Unlooked For-Brief Lives, DC Comics (Vertigo), 1993