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The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour
By Jeph Loeb (writer), Chris Bachalo and Art Thibert (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2000; reissued April 2009

Hard cover edition:
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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896885

Soft cover edition:
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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN: 1563899450

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:

The moody miniseries by award-winning writer Jeph Loeb (BATMAN: HUSH, Hulk, Ultimatum) with art by Chris Bachalo (DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING) and Art Thibert (TRINITY) is available once more in this new printing of a Vertigo classic, featuring a section of sketches by Bachalo.

The setting is Manhattan, where the mysterious Amanda Collins moves through the troubled lives of ordinary people armed with little more than a blank white business card and a strange, supernatural presence. She’s giving them the chance to change their lives, but the choice they make will depend entirely on the forces that already exist in their hearts. Amanda herself is a mesmerizing presence and, as she works modern magic with the help of a colorful — if not entirely loyal — coterie of followers, another side of her begins to emerge: one that is troubled, powerful and possibly centuries old. At the crossroads of the supernatural and the very real, this book spins bold, provocative tales of sin, magic and redemption.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series The Witching Hour. All material in this publication was written by Jeph Loeb and illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Art Thibert.

Reprints:

  1. The Witching Hour #1 (1999)
  2. The Witching Hour #2 (2000)
  3. The Witching Hour #3 (2000)

Bonus Material [reissued soft cover edition only]:

  1. Sketches by Chris Bachalo

Shade the Changing Man: American Scream

Shade the Changing Man: American Scream
By Peter Milligan (writer), Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington with Brendan McCarthy (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1991

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Cover price: $17.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120046X

Synopsis from publisher:
Can the man from the Meta Zone make sense of America?

SHADE, THE CHANGING MAN: THE AMERICAN SCREAM collects the first six issues of one of VERTIGO’s founding titles, written by Peter Milligan (HUMAN TARGET: FINAL CUT, X-Force) with art by Chris Bachalo (DEATH: THE HIGH COST OF LIVING, STEAMPUNK) and Mark Pennington (HELLBLAZER, DEATH: THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE) and a cover by Brendan McCarthy (2000 A.D.). Now is the perfect time to rediscover this quixotic and timeless character.

This fantastic re-imagining of Shade, The Changing Man — a character created by the legendary Steve Ditko (Amazing Spider-Man) in the 1970s — begins in an explosion of madness as 23-year-old Kathy George relives the horror of her parents’ deaths. Hoping for a reprieve from the constant nightmares and the ever-present threat of insanity that have hounded her since their deaths, Kathy instead is swept up in Shade’s arrival from his home dimension, Meta, into the body of the serial killer who destroyed her life. From there, Kathy and Shade begin a journey into America’s collective unconscious as they combat the malevolent force known only as The American Scream.

Notes:

This publication is the first and so far only volume reprinting the second Shade The Changing Man comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Peter Milligan and illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington. The cover for this publication was created by Brendan McCarthy.

The series continued until 1996 with issue #70. Writer Peter Milligan remained on the series until the final issue. Chris Bachalo and Mark Pennington remained as the art team until issue #26. Bachalo had a couple of fill-in artists step in for him: Bill Jaaska on issue #10 and Bryan Talbot on issue #14. Rick J. Bryant filled in for Pennington on issues #16 and #17. Jan Duursema and Bryant provided additional art to issue #20. Brendan McCarthy illustrated issue #22. Colleen Doran replaced Bachalo with issue #27. Duncan Eagleson and Mark Buckingham illustrated issue #30. Buckingham also provided inking for issue #31. Pablo Marcos inked issue #32. Chris Bachalo and Rick J. Bryant returned as the regular art team with issue #33. Some issues including segments by other artists, such as Glyn Dillon (issues #34 and #38), Peter Gross (#36), Scot Eaton (#39), Steve Yeowell (#42), Philip Bond (#43). Philip Bond and Glyn Dillon illustrated issue #40. Dillon filled in again for issues #41 and #46. Philip Bond illustrated issue #48. Mark Buckingham assisted with inking issues #49 and #50. Sean Phillips illustrating issues #51 to #53, the latter was inked by Dick Giordano. Mark Buckingham and Rick J. Bryant took over the art duties with issue #54. Michael Lark provided additional artwork for issues #56 and #59, and illustrated all of issue #58. Richard Case and Rick J. Bryant began a run with issue #61 and #62, the latter with additional artwork by Andy Pritchett. Jamie Togalson and Rafael Kayanan illustrated issue #64. Richard Case illustrated issue #65 and #66. Togalson, Kayanan and Case contributed to issue #67. Case and Pennington illustrated issue #68. Case and Phil Gascoine illustrated issue #69 and #70. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

The first Shade The Changing Man comic book series began in 1977 and ran for 8 issues until 1978. The series was written and illustrated by Steve Ditko, with Michael Fleisher providing dialogue. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Shade, The Changing Man #1 (1990)
  2. Shade, The Changing Man #2 (1990)
  3. Shade, The Changing Man #3 (1990)
  4. Shade, The Changing Man #4 (1990)
  5. Shade, The Changing Man #5 (1990)
  6. Shade, The Changing Man #6 (1990)

Death: The Time of Your Life

Death: The Time of Your Life
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, Mark Pennington and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1996

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893339

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Cover price: $24.99
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893193

Synopsis from publisher:
Death incarnate, as defined by master storyteller Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN), is a genuinely likeable young girl with a fondness for ankhs who truly cares about people. It’s small wonder then that when a rising star of the music world wrestles with revealing her true sexual orientation just as her lover is lured into the realm of Death that Death herself should make an appearance. A practical, honest, and intelligent story that illuminates “the miracle of death.”

Notes:
This publication collects the second comic book mini-series starring Death from The Sandman comic book series. It also includes a one-shot called Death Gallery. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Issue #1 and half of #2 were illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham. The other half of #2 and #3 were illustrated by Buckingham and Mark Pennington. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
Artists that contributed to the Death Gallery: Art Adam, Mike Allred, Chris Bachalo, Brian Bolland, Mark Buckingham, Paul Chadwick, Geoff Darrow, Colleen Doran, Dave Gibbons, Marc Hempel, Adam Hughes, Michael William Kaluta, Vince Locke, Dave McKean, Jon J. Muth, Kevin Nowlan, Brandon Peterson, Joe Phillips, George Pratt, Joe Quesada, P. Craig Russell, Jeff Smith, Bryan Talbot, Jill Thompson, Charles Vess, Reed Waller, Kent Williams, Gahan Wilson and Michael Zulli.

Reprints:

  1. Death: The Time of Your Life #1 (1996)
  2. Death: The Time of Your Life #2 (1996)
  3. Death: The Time of Your Life #3 (1996)
  4. Death Gallery #1 (1993)

Death: The High Cost of Living

Death: The High Cost of Living
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 1993

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891336

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $24.99
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891328

Synopsis from publisher:
From the pages of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN comes the young, pale, perky, and genuinely likable Death. One day in every century, Death walks the Earth to better understand those to whom she will be the final visitor. Today is that day. As a young mortal girl named Didi, Death befriends a teenager and helps a 250-year old homeless woman find her missing heart. What follows is a sincere musing on love, life and (of course) death.

Notes:
This publication collects the first comic book mini-series starring Death from The Sandman comic book series. It also includes a one-shot called Death Talks About Life. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Bachalo and Mark Buckingham. Death Talks About Life was illustrated by Dave McKean, who also provided the cover for this publication.
The mini-series Death: The High Cost of Living is the first in a long run of various projects spun off from The Sandman.

Reprints:

  1. Death: The High Cost of Living #1 (1993)
  2. Death: The High Cost of Living #2 (1993)
  3. Death: The High Cost of Living #3 (1993)
  4. Death Talks About Life #1 (1994)

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. 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

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289595

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $29.95
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