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Blood: A Tale

Blood: A Tale
By J.M. DeMatteis (writer) and Kent Williams with George Pratt, Jon J. Muth and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2005

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401202632

Synopsis from publisher:
One of the most beautiful artistic achievements in comics is collected again! Telling the richly metaphorical tale of Blood, a young vampire, BLOOD: A TALE follows the endless cycle of life and death to find the seeds of redemption in a fever-dream of a dying king, love eternal, and a life of bloodlust.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Blood: A Tale comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by J.M. DeMatteis and painted by Kent Williams. The final issue also has images by George Pratt, Jon J. Muth and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh.

The series was originally published in 1987 by Marvel Comics’ imprint Epic Comics. In 1996, DC Comics’ Vertigo reprinted the mini-series and then released this collected publication.

Reprints:

  1. Blood: A Tale #1 (1987)
  2. Blood: A Tale #2 (1987)
  3. Blood: A Tale #3 (1987)
  4. Blood: A Tale #4 (1987)
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The Compleat Moonshadow

The Compleate Moonshadow
By John Marc DeMatteis (writer) and Jon J. Muth with Kent Williams, Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh and George Pratt (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1998

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Cover price: $39.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401205917

Synopsis from publisher:
A single paperback volume collecting both the original run of MOONSHADOW and its sequel, FAREWELL MOONSHADOW. Journey from the farther reaches of outer space to the starry skies of the inner spirit as the young dreamer Moonshadow and his cynical alien companion ira set forth on the unforgettable intergalactic odyssey that science-fiction great Ray Bradbury called “beautiful, original, haunting.”

Notes:

This publication collects the Moonshadow comic book series and the Farewell, Moonshadow comic book one-shot. All material in this publication was written by John Marc DeMatteis and painted by Jon J. Muth, except for issue #6, which was painted by Kent Williams, a portion of issue #10 painted by Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh, a portion of issue #11 painted by George Pratt, and portions of issue #12 painted by Kent Williams and George Pratt.

Moonshadow was originally published by Marvel Comics’ Epic imprint. A now out-of-print publication collected these issues in 1989. In 1994, DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint re-printed the series and released the sequel Farewell, Moonshadow in 1997. In 1998, this publication was released collecting the entire story.

Reprints:

  1. Moonshadow #1 (1985)
  2. Moonshadow #2 (1985)
  3. Moonshadow #3 (1985)
  4. Moonshadow #4 (1985)
  5. Moonshadow #5 (1985)
  6. Moonshadow #6 (1986)
  7. Moonshadow #7 (1986)
  8. Moonshadow #8 (1986)
  9. Moonshadow #9 (1986)
  10. Moonshadow #10 (1986)
  11. Moonshadow #11 (1987)
  12. Moonshadow #12 (1987)
  13. Farewell Moonshadow #1 (1997)

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)

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 Absolute Sandman Vol. 2

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 2
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Shawn McManus, Kelley Jones, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Bryan Talbot, John Watkiss, Matt Wagner, Stan Woch, Colleen Doran, Duncan Eagleson and John Bolton with George Pratt, Dick Giordano, P. Craig Russell, Vince Locke and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released October 2007

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 140121083X

Synopsis from publisher:
DC Comics is proud to present the second volume of the comics classic THE SANDMAN in Absolute format!

The second of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 2 collects issues 21-39 of THE SANDMAN and features remastered coloring on all 19 issues as well as brand-new inks on THE SANDMAN #34 by the issue’s original penciller, Colleen Doran, and a host of bonus material, including two never-before-reprinted stories by Gaiman (one prose and one illustrated), a complete reproduction of the never-before-reprinted one-shot THE SANDMAN: A GALLERY OF DREAMS, and the complete script and pencils by Gaiman and Kelley Jones for Chapter Two of “Season of Mists” from THE SANDMAN #23.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the second in this series, reprinting the next nineteen issues of the second Sandman comic book series. It is essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists, The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You and The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections but without those publication’s introductions. It also omits issues #40 and #50, as well as Sandman Special #1 and the Sandman story from Vertigo Preview #1 from The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections, which appear in The Absolute Sandman Vol. 3.
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 Malcolm Jones III 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. Issue #29 was drawn by Stan Woch and Giordano. Issue #30 was drawn by Talbot and Woch. Issues #31 to #37 were illustrated by Shawn McManus, except for issue #34 by Colleen Doran and a portion of #36 by Bryan Talbot and Stan Woch. Issue #38 was drawn by Duncan Eagleson and Vince Locke. Issue #39 was illustrated by John Watkiss. Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1 was illustrated by John Bolton. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
The following artists contributed to the one-shot A Gallery of Dreams: Dave McKean, Matt Wagner, Barron Storey, George Pratt, Terry Moore, Teri S. Wood, Brian Bolland, Shane Oakley, Paul Lee, Craig Hamilton, Eddie Campbell, Rick Berry, Michael Zulli, Geof Darrow, Simon Bisley, Jamie Hewlett, Mark Chiarello, Alex Ross, Bill Koeb, Mike Mignola, Malcolm Jones III, Kelley Jones, Jon J. Muth, Jeff Smith, Tony Harris, Colleen Doran, Gathan Wilson, Alison Seiffer, Tom Taggart, Jill Karla Schwarz, Greg Spalenka, Moebius and Charles Vess.

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)
  9. Sandman #29 (1991)
  10. Sandman #30 (1991)
  11. Sandman #31 (1991)
  12. Sandman #32 (1991)
  13. Sandman #33 (1991)
  14. Sandman #34 (1992)
  15. Sandman #35 (1992)
  16. Sandman #36 (1992)
  17. Sandman #37 (1992)
  18. Sandman #38 (1992)
  19. Sandman #39 (1992)
  20. Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1 (1998) (10-page Sandman story only)
  21. Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams #1 (1994)

Bonus material:

  1. Prose short story by Neil Gaiman (originally released with The Sandman Absolute Statue)
  2. Original script by Gaiman and pencil reproductions by Kelley Jones from Sandman #23 Chapter Two

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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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890895

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Cover price: $39.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
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

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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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890410

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Cover price: $29.99
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
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