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The Books of Magic Vol. 2: Summonings

The Books of Magic Vol. 2: Summonings
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Peter Gross, Gary Amaro, Peter Snejbjerg and Dick Giordano with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 1996

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892650

Synopsis from publisher:
Timothy Hunter, age 13, may become one of the most powerful magicians of all time. But that’s only one of his problems. In the five tales collected here, Tim contends with a heartless sorcerer and a teenage succubus, tea in Hell with a rogue angel and his junkfood-demon nemesis, a murderous Victorian cyborg, a family reunion with an insanely jealous Faerie Queen, and, perhaps worst of all, a first date.

Notes:

This is the third publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books. It also reprints a portion of the Vertigo Rave anthology comic book. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross, except for issues #5, #12 and #13, which were illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg and issues #6, #7 and #8, which were illustrated by Peter Gross. Vertigo Rave #1 was illustrated by Gary Amaro and Dick Giordano. The cover was painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #5 (1994)
  2. The Books of Magic #6 (1994)
  3. The Books of Magic #7 (1994)
  4. The Books of Magic #8 (1994)
  5. Vertigo Rave #1 (1994) [Books of Magic story only]
  6. The Books of Magic #9 (1995)
  7. The Books of Magic #10 (1995)
  8. The Books of Magic #11 (1995)
  9. The Books of Magic #12 (1995)
  10. The Books of Magic #13 (1995)
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The Books of Magic Vol. 1: Bindings

The Books of Magic Vol. 1: Bindings
By John Ney Rieber (writer), Gary Amaro and Peter Gross with Charles Vess (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 1995

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891875

Synopsis from publisher:
Tim Hunter, destined to become Earth’s greatest sorcerer, defends the realm of Faerie from the deadly manticore while trying to maintain a normal childhood life. Is his real father the one-armed drunk in the front room or is he the man who can turn into a hawk? Is his mother dead and buried or is she Titania, Queen of Faerie? Plus Death herself weighs in on the subject of identity.

Notes:

This is the second publication reprinting The Books of Magic series of comic books. This publication reprints the first four issues of the ongoing series. All material in this publication was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Gary Amaro and Peter Gross. The cover was painted by Charles Vess. The publication includes an introduction by Jane Yolen.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #1 (1994)
  2. The Books of Magic #2 (1994)
  3. The Books of Magic #3 (1994)
  4. The Books of Magic #4 (1994)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Jane Yolen

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)

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 3

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 3
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Jill Thompson, Bryan Talbot, Michael Zulli, P. Craig Russell, Kent Williams, Alec Stevens, John Watkiss, Michael Allred, Shea Anton Pensa, Gary Amaro with Vince Locke, Dick Giordano, Mark Buckingham, Tony Harris, Steve Leialoha and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released June 2008

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210848

Synopsis from publisher:
The third volume collecting Neil Gaiman’s seminal, award-winning series starring the Dream King in deluxe format. ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3 presents several key SANDMAN tales in a slipcased hardcover edition, including “Brief Lives,” in which the Sandman’s sister Delirium prevails upon her older brother to help her find their missing sibling, Destruction. But their journey through the Waking World has dramatic repercussions for their family and also for the relationship between the Sandman and his wayward son, Orpheus. Also included is the spectacular short story “Ramadan,” a tale of a young king of ancient Baghdad and the deal he strikes with The Sandman to grant his city immortality, with spectacular illustrations by P. Craig Russell (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Jungle Book).

Never-before-collected bonus features include pin-up pages from galleries in THE SANDMAN #50 and SANDMAN SPECIAL #1, the Desire story from VERTIGO: WINTER’S EDGE #3, THE ENDLESS GALLERY #1, script and thumbnails from THE SANDMAN #50, and a section on the Endless retail products (poster, statues, t-shirts, Little Endless and more)! Plus, an introduction by artist Jill Thompson.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the third 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. 7: Brief Lives, The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds’ End, and a portion of The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections (leaving out Sandman issues #29-31 and #38-39), but without those publication’s introductions.
All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke for issues #40 to #49. Dick Giordano provided additional inking for issue #47. Issue #50 was illustrated by P. Craig Russell. Bryan Talbot and Mark Buckingham provided framing sequences for issues #51 to #56. Alec Stevens contributed a sequence for issue #51. John Watkiss for issue #52. Michael Zulli and Dick Giordano for issue #53. Michael Allred for issue #54. Shea Anton Pensa and Vince Locke for issue #55. Gary Amaro with Dick Giordano, Tony Harris and Steve Leialoha for issue #56. Sandman Special #1 was illustrated by Bryan Talbot, P. Craig Russell and Mark Buckingham. The story from Vertigo Preview #1 was illustrated by Kent Williams. Michael Zulli illustrated the story from Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
The following artists contributed to the “Facets of Dreams” gallery from Sandman #50: Dave McKean, John Totleben, Jill Karla Schwarz, Scott McCloud, Todd McFarlane, Michael Zulli, Michael Kaluta, Craig Hamilton and Tony Harris.
The following artists contributed to the gallery from Sandman Special #1: Tom Canty, Dave McKean, Barry Windsor-Smith, P. Craig Russell, Duncan Fegredo, Simon Bisley, Kent Williams and Sergio Aragones.
The following artists contributed to the gallery from The Endless Gallery #1: Christian Alamy, Michael Allred, Thom Ang, Rick Berry, Richard Case, Greg Capullo, Howard Chaykin, Mark Chiarello, Al Davison, Shary Flenniken, Michael T. Gilbert, Rebecca Guay, Peter Kuper, Paul Lee, Ted McKeever, Linda Medley, Terry Moore, George Pratt, Jill Karla Schwarz, Alison Seiffer, Bill Sienkiewicz, Greg Spalenka, Tom Taggart, Jill Thompson, Bonnie To, John Totleben, Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh, Kent Williams and Gavin Wilson.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #40 (1992)
  2. Sandman #41 (1992)
  3. Sandman #42 (1992)
  4. Sandman #43 (1992)
  5. Sandman #44 (1992)
  6. Sandman #45 (1993)
  7. Sandman #46 (1993)
  8. Sandman #47 (1993)
  9. Sandman #48 (1993)
  10. Sandman #49 (1993)
  11. Sandman #50 (1993)
  12. Sandman #51 (1993)
  13. Sandman #52 (1993)
  14. Sandman #53 (1993)
  15. Sandman #54 (1993)
  16. Sandman #55 (1993)
  17. Sandman #56 (1993)
  18. Sandman Special #1 (1991)
  19. Vertigo Preview #1 (1992) (7-page Sandman story only)
  20. Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3 (2000) (10-page Desire story only)
  21. The Endless Gallery (1995)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Jill Thompson
  2. Galleries from Sandman #50, Sandman Special #1 and The Endless Gallery #1
  3. Original script and thumbnails by Gaiman from Sandman #50
  4. Endless retail products (poster, statues, t-shirts, Little Endless and others)

The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds’ End

The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds’ End
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Bryan Talbot, Alec Stevens, John Watkiss, Michael Zulli, Michael Allred, Shea Anton Pensa and Gary Amaro with Mark Buckingham, Dick Giordano, Vince Locke, Tony Harris, Steve Leialoha and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1995

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891719

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891700

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
A “reality storm” draws an unusual cast of characters together. They take shelter in a tavern, where they amuse each other with their life stories. Although Morpheus is never a focus in these stories, each has something to say about the nature of stories and dreams. With an introduction by Stephen King.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Reminiscent of the legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two stranded travelers are entertained by mesmerizing myths of infamous sea creatures, dreaming cities, ancient kings, astonishing funeral rituals and moralistic hangmen.

Notes:
The eighth collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Bryan Talbot and Mark Buckingham. Alec Stevens contributed a sequence for issue #51. John Watkiss for issue #52. Michael Zulli and Dick Giordano for issue #53. Michael Allred for issue #54. Shea Anton Pensa and Vince Locke for issue #55. Gary Amaro with Dick Giordano, Tony Harris and Steve Leialoha for issue #56. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #51 (1993)
  2. Sandman #52 (1993)
  3. Sandman #53 (1993)
  4. Sandman #54 (1993)
  5. Sandman #55 (1993)
  6. Sandman #56 (1993)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Stephen King