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Mr. Punch

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892464

Synopsis from publisher:
A dark and frightening fully painted novella, MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy’s loss of innocence resulting from a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy’s family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family’s dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt.

Notes:

This publication is an original graphic novel. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and painted by Dave McKean.

Reprints: N/A

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Black Orchid

Black Orchid
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289552

Synopsis from publisher:
After being viciously murdered, Susan is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, in order to avenge her own death. Now as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile her human memories and botanical origins, she must also untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her murder. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the lavish heartland of the thriving Amazon, this book takes the reader through a journey of secrets, suffering, and self-rediscovery.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Black Orchid comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean.

A second Black Orchid comic book series began in 1993 based on this story. The series ran for 22 issues, plus an Annual issue, and ended in 1995. The series was written by Dick Foreman and initially illustrated by Jill Thompson and Stan Woch. Rebecca Guay provided additional art for issue #5. Bruce McCorkindale inked issue #6. Guay and Woch took over the art for the series with issue #7. Dick Giordano inked issue #17. Jamie Tolagson and Stan Woch illustrated issue #18. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Black Orchid #1 (1988)
  2. Black Orchid #2 (1989)
  3. Black Orchid #3 (1989)

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives

The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives
By Ed Brubaker (writer/artist), Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2008

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401218555

Synopsis from publisher:
Collected for the first time, this tale stars Edwin and Charles from THE SANDMAN: SEASON OF MISTS. Their first case involves a string of grisly murders — and the immortal Hob Gadling. Written by Ed Brubaker (Captain America, SLEEPER).

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives. All reprinted material was written by Ed Brubaker and illustrated by Bryan Talbot and Steve Leialoha. The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Sandman Presents: Dead Boy Detectives #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #1 (2001)
  2. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #2 (2001)
  3. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #3 (2001)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives #4 (2001)

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist), Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham, Albert Monteys, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Little, Niko Henrichon, Peter Gross, Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Linda Medley, Marc Laming, Zander Cannon with Andrew Pepoy, John Stokes and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401201008

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting FABLES writer Bill Willingham’s assorted tales of the Dreaming, originally presented in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M., THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK #1, THE DREAMING #55 and the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD.

Notes:
This publication is a collection of various issues from comic book one-shots, mini-series and series featuring characters from the comic book series The Sandman. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 was illustrated by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 consisted of eight short stories by various artists. The first story was illustrated by Albert Monteys. The second was by Duncan Fegredo. The third was by Kevin Nowlan. The fourth, sixth and eighth was by Jason Little. The fifth was by Mark Buckingham. The seventh was by Niko Henrichon.

The Dreaming #55 consisted of several sequences by various artists. The framing sequence (first two pages and final page) was illustrated by Peter Gross. The remaining sequences were illustrated by Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Bill Willingham with Adam Hughes and Linda Medley, Marc Laming with John Stokes, Zander Cannon and Albert Monteys.

The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad issue #1 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issues #2 to #4 were drawn by Shawn McManus and Andrew Pepoy.

The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Dreaming #55

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 (2000)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 (2001)
  3. The Dreaming #55 (2000)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002)
  5. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002)
  6. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002)
  7. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002)

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days
By Neil Gaiman with Matt Wagner (writers), Stephen Bissette, Richard Piers Rayner, Mike Hoffman, Mike Mignola, Dave McKean and Teddy Kristiansen with John Totleben and Kim DeMulder (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2000

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Cover price: $17.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389517X

Synopsis from publisher:
An award-winning comic book writer and a best-selling novelist, Neil Gaiman is considered one of the most talented and imaginative modern-day authors. An amazing storyteller who weaves intricate plots into thought-provoking tales, Gaiman is credited with expanding the comic book medium into other literary genres. Providing tantalizing glimpses into the fantastical worlds he would create and nurture, NEIL GAIMAN’S MIDNIGHT DAYS collects some of the accomplished author’s earliest work. Included in these never-before-reprinted and original publications are entertaining tales featuring the Golden Age Sandman, Morpheus, the Swamp Thing, and John Constantine.

Notes:
This publication collects issues from various comic book series. All material was written by Neil Gaiman. The first story was a previously unpublished Swamp Thing story with art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben. The second story reprints the first story from Swamp Thing Annual #5 with art by Richard Piers Rayner and Mike Hoffman with Kim DeMulder. The third story is the second story from Swamp Thing Annual #5 with art by Mike Mignola. The fourth story reprints Hellblazer #27 with art by Dave McKean. The fifth story reprints the 64-page original graphic novel Sandman Midnight Theatre, co-written with Matt Wagner and painted by Teddy Kristiansen. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Hellblazer #27 was also reprinted in Constantine: The Hellblazer Collection. Sandman Midnight Theatre was published as an original graphic novel, but has since gone out of print. Swamp Thing Annual #5 had previously not been reprinted or collected.

Contents:

  1. previously unpublished Swamp Thing story
  2. Swamp Thing Annual #5 (1989) (first 42-page story and second 10-page story only; excludes 2-page “Who’s Who” profile)
  3. Hellblazer #27 (1990)
  4. Sandman Midnight Theatre (1995)

The Dreaming: Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory

The Dreaming: Through the Gates of Horn and Ivory
By Jeff Nicholson (writer/artist), Peter Hogan, Caitlin Kiernan (writers), Gary Amaro, Peter Doherty, Paul Lee and Chris Weston with D’Israeli and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1999

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563894939

Synopsis from publisher:
THE DREAMING: THROUGH THE GATES OF HORN AND IVORY is a collection of dark tales about the inhabitants of the subconscious world. When people sleep, they enter the Dreaming, a magical realm populated by fantastical beings and creatures. Equally burdened and blessed by human emotions and motivations, these entities each play a role in their world and the world of reality. Depicting stories of redemption, salvation, freedom, peace, and tragedy, this thought-provoking book features the adventures of the caretaker of the Dreaming, a cursed raven, the librarian of dreams, the biblical Eve, and a sadistic being obsessed with eyeballs.

Notes:
This publication is the second, and so far, final collection of The Dreaming comic book series. Issue #15 was written and illustrated by Jeff Nicholson. Issue #16 was written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Gary Amaro. Issues #17 to #19 were written by Caitlin Kiernan and illustrated by Peter Doherty. Issue #19 was also illustrated by D’Israeli. Issues #22 to #24 were written by Kiernan and illustrated by Paul Lee. Issue #25 was written by Hogan and illustrated by Chris Weston. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

This collection omits issues #20 and #21, written and illustrated by Al Davison. This series continued until 2001 with issue #60. Those issues have not yet been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Dreaming #15 (1997)
  2. The Dreaming #16 (1997)
  3. The Dreaming #17 (1997)
  4. The Dreaming #18 (1997)
  5. The Dreaming #19 (1997)
  6. The Dreaming #22 (1998)
  7. The Dreaming #23 (1998)
  8. The Dreaming #24 (1998)
  9. The Dreaming #25 (1998)

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

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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 Sandman: Endless Nights

The Sandman: Endless Nights
By Neil Gaiman (writer), P. Craig Russell, Miguelanxo Prado, Milo Manara, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Glenn Fabry, Frank Quitely and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released October 2003

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Cover price: $17.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120113X

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Cover price: $24.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401200893

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
Joined by a dream-team of artists from around the world, Neil Gaiman – the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of American Gods and the children’s book Coraline – returned to the beloved characters he made famous for THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS, the comics event of 2003. Now this landmark work is available in a beautiful softcover edition. Alternately haunting, bittersweet, erotic and nightmarish, the seven stories in this book — one for each of the Endless siblings, each illustrated by a different artist — reveal strange secrets and surprising truths. In addition to the seven tales of the Endless, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS includes a biography section in the spirit of the Sandman collections (designed by Dave McKean) and a summary of each volume in the Sandman Library.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Featuring the popular characters from the award-winning Sandman series, THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings who exist and interact in the real world. Born at the beginning of time, Destiny, Death, Dream, Desire, Despair, Delirium, and Destruction are seven brothers and sisters who each lord over their respective realms. In this highly imaginative book that boasts a diverse styles of breathtaking art, these seven peculiar and powerful siblings each reveal more about their true being as they star in their own tales of curiosity and wonder.

Notes:
This publication is an original graphic novel, the twelfth in a series of publications of The Sandman. All content was written by Neil Gaiman. Each chapter is illustrated by a different artist: P. Craig Russell, Miguelanxo Prado, Milo Manara, Barron Storey, Bill Sienkiewicz, Glenn Fabry and Frank Quitely. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Reprints: N/A

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Jon J. Muth with D’Israeli, Richard Case and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2008

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210856

Synopsis from publisher:
This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1. Don’t miss the end of what Playboy called “a modern myth, as well as a précis on why the stories we tell matter so much“.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the fourth and final in this series, reprinting the next seventeen issues of the second Sandman comic book series. It is essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones and The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake, but without those publications’ introductions.
All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Marc Hempel for issues #57 to #61, #63 and #65 to 69. Inked art was provided by D’Israeli for issues #58 to #61 and Richard Case for issues #65 to #68. Issue #62 was drawn by Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston, Charles Vess and D’Israeli. Teddy Kristiansen illustrated issue #64. Michael Zulli illustrated issues #70 to 73, as well as the 3-page sequence originally published in The Dreaming #8. The art for issue #74 was by Jon J. Muth and #75 by Charles Vess. The story from Vertigo Jam #1 was illustrated by Kevin Nowlan. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #57 (1994)
  2. Sandman #58 (1994)
  3. Sandman #59 (1994)
  4. Sandman #60 (1994)
  5. Sandman #61 (1994)
  6. Sandman #62 (1994)
  7. Sandman #63 (1994)
  8. Sandman #64 (1994)
  9. Sandman #65 (1994)
  10. Sandman #66 (1995)
  11. Sandman #67 (1995)
  12. Sandman #68 (1995)
  13. Sandman #69 (1995)
  14. Sandman #70 (1995)
  15. Sandman #71 (1995)
  16. Sandman #72 (1995)
  17. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  18. Sandman #73 (1995)
  19. Sandman #74 (1996)
  20. Sandman #75 (1996)
  21. Vertigo Jam #1 (1993)