The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III with Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2006

Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210821

Synopsis from publisher:
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.

This over-sized hard cover publication reprints the first twenty issues of the second Sandman comic book series, essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House and The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country but without those publication’s introductions. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. The art for issues #1 through #4 were handled Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. Issue #5 was drawn by Sam Keith and Malcolm Jones III. Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III took over the art duties from issue #6 to #16, with the exception of issue #12 by Chris Bachalo and Malcolm Jones III and issue #13 by Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse. Issue #17 and #18 were illustrated by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Charles Vess drew issue #19. Colleen Doran and Jones drew issue #20. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.


  1. Sandman #1 (1989)
  2. Sandman #2 (1989)
  3. Sandman #3 (1989)
  4. Sandman #4 (1989)
  5. Sandman #5 (1989)
  6. Sandman #6 (1989)
  7. Sandman #7 (1989)
  8. Sandman #8 (1989)
  9. Sandman #9 (1989)
  10. Sandman #10 (1989)
  11. Sandman #11 (1989)
  12. Sandman #12 (1990)
  13. Sandman #13 (1990)
  14. Sandman #14 (1990)
  15. Sandman #15 (1990)
  16. Sandman #16 (1990)
  17. Sandman #17 (1990)
  18. Sandman #18 (1990)
  19. Sandman #19 (1990)
  20. Sandman #20 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Paul Levitz
  2. Afterword by Neil Gaiman
  3. Original Sandman proposal by Neil Gaiman
  4. Character designs by Gaiman and others
  5. Original script by Gaiman and pencil reproductions by Charles Vess from Sandman #19

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