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The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You

The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Shawn McManus with Colleen Doran, Bryan Talbot, George Pratt, Stan Woch, Dick Giordano and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1993

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ISBN 1563890895

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ISBN 1563890933

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
Take an apartment house, mix in a drag queen, a lesbian couple, some talking animals, a talking severed head, a confused heroine, and the deadly Cuckoo. Stir vigorously with a hurricane and Morpheus himself and you get this fifth installment of the SANDMAN series. This story stars Barbie, who first makes an appearance in THE DOLL’S HOUSE, who here finds herself a princess in a vivid dreamworld.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
THE SANDMAN: A GAME OF YOU tells a fascinating tale of lost childhood dreams and the power that they can wield over reality. Since she was a child, Barbie has dreamed of a world in which she was a princess. But after separating from her husband, she has ceased to dream and her fantasy kingdom has been savagely overrun by an evil entity known as the Cuckoo. Now as elements of her fantasy world cross over and begin to drastically affect reality, Barbie and her friends venture into the realm of dreams to save its peaceful inhabitants. But against the power of dark and dying dreams, even the combined might of a witch, two lesbian lovers, a transsexual, and a decapitated talking head might not be enough to save two different planes of existence.

Notes:
The fifth collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Shawn McManus, except for issue #34 by Colleen Doran with George Pratt and Dick Giordano and a portion of #36 by Bryan Talbot and Stan Woch. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
Issues #29 to 31 are not included in this collection but appear in the next publication in the series, The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #32 (1991)
  2. Sandman #33 (1991)
  3. Sandman #34 (1992)
  4. Sandman #35 (1992)
  5. Sandman #36 (1992)
  6. Sandman #37 (1992)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Samuel R. Delany
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The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists

The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Matt Wagner with Dick Giordano, George Pratt, P. Craig Russell and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1992

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Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890410

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ISBN 1563890356

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
Lucifer has grown tired of being the lord of Hell. He kicks out the demons and the damned alike, closes up shop, and gives the key to Hell to Morpheus. Beings from all the world’s mythologies converge on the lord of Dream to seize this instrument of power.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Ten thousand years after banishing to Hell a woman who scorned him, Morpheus, the King of Dreams, has decided to free his former lover. But when the Sandman arrives in the realm of eternal damnation, Lucifer, the first fallen angel, notifies him that he is closing down Hell and he wants Morpheus to have the keys. Now in charge of the gates of Hell, the King of Dreams is bombarded with requests for possession of the empty kingdom by Norse gods, homeless demons, Egyptian deities, Faerie ambassadors, the lords of Chaos and Order, and Japanese divinities. Realizing too late that Lucifer’s gift was a veiled curse, Morpheus is forced to make a decision that will affect every plane of existence as well as the universal balance of power.

Notes:
The fourth collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Issue #21 was illustrated by Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. Issues #22 and #23 were drawn by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Issue #24 was drawn by Jones and P. Craig Russell. Issue #25 was drawn by Matt Wagner and Russell. Kelley Jones returned for issue #26, inked by George Pratt, and issue #27, inked by Dick Giordano. Issue #28 was drawn by Dringenberg and Pratt. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #21 (1990)
  2. Sandman #22 (1991)
  3. Sandman #23 (1991)
  4. Sandman #24 (1991)
  5. Sandman #25 (1991)
  6. Sandman #26 (1991)
  7. Sandman #27 (1991)
  8. Sandman #28 (1991)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Harlan Ellison

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

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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.

Notes:
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.

Reprints:

  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

The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country

The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Malcolm Jones III with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991

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Cover price: $14.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389016X

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389226X

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
The third book of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus’s son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Featuring the tale that won the World Fantasy Award for best short story, THE SANDMAN: DREAM COUNTRY continues the fantastical mythology of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. In these centuries-spanning tales, the powerful entity known as the Sandman interacts with a diverse assortment of humans, fairies, heroes, and animals as he walks the mortal plane. Including an amazing encounter with William Shakespeare and an interesting take on the origin and first performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” this book depicts the dreaming world of cats, the tragic life of forgotten super-heroes and the folly of imprisoning and torturing a former lover of the King of Dreams.

Notes:
The third collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. 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 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.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #17 (1990)
  2. Sandman #18 (1990)
  3. Sandman #19 (1990)
  4. Sandman #20 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Steve Erickson

The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House

The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III with Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1990, reissued September 1991

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289595

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Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892251

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
During Morpheus’s incarceration, three dreams escaped the Dreaming and are now loose in the waking world. At the same time, a young woman named Rose Walker is searching for her little brother. As their stories converge, a vortex is discovered that could destroy all dreamers, and the world itself. Features an introduction by Clive Barker.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
A being that has existed since the beginning of the universe, Morpheus rules over the realm of dreams. But after a decades-long imprisonment, the Sandman has returned to find that a few dreams and nightmares have escaped to reality. Looking to recapture his lost possessions, Morpheus ventures to the human plane only to learn that a woman named Rose Walker has inadvertently become a dream vortex and threatens to rip apart his world. Now as Morpheus takes on the last escaped nightmare at a serial killers convention, the Lord of Dreams must mercilessly murder Rose or risk the destruction of his entire kingdom.

Notes:
The second collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III, except for issue #12 by Chris Bachalo and Jones, and issue #13 by Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse. The cover by Dave McKean is a modified version of the original cover to issue #11.

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.

Reprints:

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

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Clive Barker

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg with Malcolm Jones III and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991, re-issued December 1993

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Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890119

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Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892278

Synopsis from publisher:
A wizard attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. Fearful for his safety, the wizard kept him imprisoned in a glass bottle for decades. After his escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On the way, Morpheus encounters Lucifer and demons from Hell, the Justice League, and John Constantine, the Hellblazer. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl, Death.

Notes:
The first collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. Issue #5, however, was drawn by Keith and Malcolm Jones III. Dringenberg and Jones took over the art duties with issue #6. The 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.

Reprints:

  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)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Karen Berger