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Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 6: The Hourman and the Python

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 6: The Hourman and the Python
By Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle (writers), Guy Davis and Warren Pleece with Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2008

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401216773

Synopsis from publisher:
This volume follows Wesley Dodds on two chilling new cases. In “The Hourman,” the Sandman meets an unusual private detective who leaves felons hospitalized. “The Python” features The Sandman’s hunt for a mysterious strangler.

Notes:
This publication is the sixth, and so far final, in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle. Issues #29 to #32 were illustrated by Guy Davis. Issues #33 to #36 were illustrated by Warren Pleece. Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning provided the cover image, which was originally used for the cover of issue #31.

The series lasted until 1999 with issue #70. Issues #37 to #70, along with an Annual #1 from 1994, have yet to be reprinted or collected.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #29 (1995)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #30 (1995)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #31 (1995)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #32 (1995)
  5. Sandman Mystery Theatre #33 (1995)
  6. Sandman Mystery Theatre #34 (1996)
  7. Sandman Mystery Theatre #35 (1996)
  8. Sandman Mystery Theatre #36 (1996)
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Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 5: Dr. Death and the Night of the Butcher

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 5: Dr. Death and the Night of the Butcher
By Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle (writers), Guy Davis and Vince Locke with Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 2007

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401212379

Synopsis from publisher:
Reprinting issues #21-28 of the legendary Vertigo series, this volume follows Wesley Dodds through two new cases of serial murderers, each more grisly than the last.

Notes:
This publication is the fifth in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle, and illustrated by Guy Davis and Vince Locke. Issues #27 and #28 are illustrated by Davis alone. Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning provided the cover image.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #21 (1994)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #22 (1995)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #23 (1995)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #24 (1995)
  5. Sandman Mystery Theatre #25 (1995)
  6. Sandman Mystery Theatre #26 (1995)
  7. Sandman Mystery Theatre #27 (1995)
  8. Sandman Mystery Theatre #28 (1995)

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 4: The Scorpion

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 4: The Scorpion
By Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle (writers) and Guy Davis with Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 2006

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401210406

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting issues #17-20 of writer Matt Wagner’s the acclaimed reimagination of the original Sandman. With THE SCORPION, writers Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle continue to breathe rich new life into pulp genre conventions.

Notes:
This publication is the fourth in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle, and illustrated by Guy Davis. Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning provided the cover image.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #17 (1994)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #18 (1994)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #19 (1994)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #20 (1994)

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 3: The Vamp

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 3: The Vamp
By Matt Wagner, Steven T. Seagle (writers) and Guy Davis with Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 2005

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401207189

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting the fourth story arc (issues #13-16) from the acclaimed reimagination of the original Golden Age Sandman, THE VAMP continues the story of Wesley Dodds and his soon-to-be paramour (and narrator) Dian Belmont as they become entangled in mystery from two different directions.

Notes:

This publication is the third in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner and Steven T. Seagle, and illustrated by Guy Davis. Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning provided the cover image, which was originally used as the cover to issue #13.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #13 (1994)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #14 (1994)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #15 (1994)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #16 (1994)

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 2: The Face and the Brute

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 2: The Face and the Brute
By Matt Wagner (writer), John Watkiss and R.G. Taylor with Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2004

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401203450

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting the second and third story arcs (issues #5-12) from writer Matt Wagner’s acclaimed reimagination of the original Golden Age Sandman, SANDMAN MYSTERY THEATRE VOL. 2: THE FACE AND THE BRUTE finds the Sandman of 1939, Wesley Dodds, and his possible paramour (and narrator) Dian Belmont involved in a series of grisly murders in New York’s Chinatown – murders that threaten to reignite the bad old days of the Tong Wars, when blood ran in the streets like water. Following the drama of “The Face,” Wesley and Dian are confronted with corruption at the other end of the social scale in “The Brute,” as they track down the trail of misery left by a man whose gross sensual appetites for lust and violence are rivaled only by his wealth.

Notes:

This publication is the second in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner. John Watkiss illustrated issues #5 to #8. R.G. Taylor illustrated issues #9 to #12. Gavin Wilson and Richard Bruning provided the cover image, which was originally used as the cover to issue #10

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #5 (1993)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #6 (1993)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #7 (1993)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #8 (1993)
  5. Sandman Mystery Theatre #9 (1993)
  6. Sandman Mystery Theatre #10 (1994)
  7. Sandman Mystery Theatre #11 (1994)
  8. Sandman Mystery Theatre #12 (1994)

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 1: The Tarantula

Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 1: The Tarantula
By Matt Wagner (writer) and Guy Davis with Gavin Wilson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 1995

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891956

Synopsis from publisher:
In this noir detective tale of intrigue, bigotry and incest, millionaire Wesley Dodds takes on the costumed persona of the Sandman to catch a sadistic killer in 1930s New York. Donning a gas mask, fedora, business suit and cape, Dodds goes after the Tarantula, a brutal kidnapper who is mercilessly preying upon the women of high society. But as the Sandman walks through a world of corruption and deceit, he uncovers the true secret of the murders and their implausible connection to the city’s most prominent family. SUGGESTED FOR MATURE READERS.

Notes:

This publication is the first in a series reprinting the Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Matt Wagner and illustrated by Guy Davis. Gavin Wilson provided the cover image.

These stories are loosely based on the original Sandman stories originally published in issues of Adventure Comics from 1939 and 1940 by Gardner Fox and Bert Christman.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Mystery Theatre #1 (1993)
  2. Sandman Mystery Theatre #2 (1993)
  3. Sandman Mystery Theatre #3 (1993)
  4. Sandman Mystery Theatre #4 (1993)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Dave Marsh

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

Availability: Amazon.com
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)