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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 The first story was a previously unpublished Swamp Thing story with art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.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 previously unpublished Swamp Thing story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)
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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)

Swamp Thing Vol. 9: Infernal Triangles

Swamp Thing Vol. 9: Infernal Triangles
By Rick Veitch (writer/arist) with Jamie Delano and Stephen R. Bissette (writers) and Alfredo Alcala with Tom Mandrake, Shawn McManus, Jim Fern, Stan Woch, John Totleben and Tom Yeates (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2006

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401210082

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting issues #77-81 of the series that helped to lay the foundation for the Vertigo line, ths volume follows the Avatar of the Green and Abby as they prepare for the birth of their child — only to have an alien intelligence rip the Swamp Thing away from his home just when he’s needed the most. This collection also reprints the 41-page “Distant Cousins” story from SWAMP THING ANNUAL #3, featuring the all-ape adventures of the DCU’s most famous anthropoids.

Notes:
The ninth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. Most of the reprinted material was created by writer/artist Rick Veitch and inker Alfredo Alcala. Issue #77 was written by Jamie Delano. Issue #78 was written by Stephen R. Bissette. Tom Mandrake provided pencils for both 77 and 78. Shawn McManus, Jim Fern and Stan Woch contributed pencils to Swamp Thing Annual #3, which was inked by Tom Yeates. John Totleben illustrated the cover.
This is currently the final collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. In addition to the first twenty issues, the remainder of the series, which ran a total of 171 issues until 1996, has yet to be collected. Rick Veitch’s run as writer lasted until issue #88 with Tom Mandrake (#83-85) and Tom Yeates (#86-89) taking over art duties. Writer Doug Wheeler took over the series with issue #89 and remained on until issue #109. Artists Pat Broderick and Alfredo Alcala drew the book from #90 to #100 with the exception of occasional fill-ins by artists Kelley Jones (#94) and Tom Sutton (#98). Jones also contributed pages to #100. Writer Andrew Helfer stepped in for issue #101. Mike Hoffman took over art for the series with the same issue, remaining on until issue #109. Bill Jaaska illustrated a portion of #104. Writer Nancy Collins took over the series from issue #110 to #139. The series was then drawn by Tom Mandrake and Kim DeMulder, but saw several artists pitch in, such as Bill Jaaska (110), Shawn McManus (111), Tom Yeates & Shephard Hendrix (112-113) and Jan Duursema (117), until Scot Eaton replaced Mandrake beginning with issue #118. Issue #116 saw writer Dick Foreman and artist Shawn McManus fill in. Eaton and DeMulder stayed on as the art team until issue #138. Greg Baker replaced DeMulder for issue #124. Writer Dick Foreman filled in again for issue #126. Russell Braun replaced Eaton for #136 & #137. Rebecca Guay and DeMulder handled #139. Writers Grant Morrison and Mark Millar and artists Phil Hester and DeMulder took over the book with issue #140. Millar took over full writing duties with issue #144. Millar, Hester and DeMulder remained on until the series ended. Artists occasionally filled in, such as Chris Weston (153), Phil Jimenez (156-157), Jill Thompson (159). Curt Swan contributed penciled pages for the majority of issue #165. Aside from the cover of issue #157 by John Totleben for the cover of Swamp Thing Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows, these issues have never been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #77 (1988)
  2. Swamp Thing #78 (1988)
  3. Swamp Thing #79 (1988)
  4. Swamp Thing #80 (1988)
  5. Swamp Thing #81 (1988)
  6. Swamp Thing Annual #3 (1987)

Swamp Thing Vol. 8: Spontaneous Generation

Swamp Thing Vol. 8: Spontaneous Generation
By Rick Veitch (writer/artist) and Alfredo Alcala with John Totleben (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 2006

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401207936

Synopsis from publisher:
Rick Veitch continues his run on the series that helped lay the foundation for the Vertigo line in this new trade paperback collecting SWAMP THING #71-76 . Swamp Thing must find a way to allow himself and his heir to coexist in this world. The solution that presents itself after repeated failures comes as a surprise to everyone, especially John Constantine, who is about to become an unlikely father.

Notes:
The eighth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. All of the reprinted material was created by writer/artist Rick Veitch and inker Alfredo Alcala. John Totleben illustrated the cover.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #71 (1988)
  2. Swamp Thing #72 (1988)
  3. Swamp Thing #73 (1988)
  4. Swamp Thing #74 (1988)
  5. Swamp Thing #75 (1988)
  6. Swamp Thing #76 (1988)

Swamp Thing Vol. 6: Reunion

Swamp Thing Vol. 6: Reunion
By Alan Moore (writer), Rick Veitch, Stephen R. Bissette, John Totleben (writers/artists), Alfredo Alcala and Tom Yeates (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2003

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563899752

Synopsis from publisher:
The concluding trade paperback collecting Alan Moore’s groundbreaking run on SWAMP THING, REUNION reprints issues #57-64 of this legendary VERTIGO foundation title.

Notes:
The sixth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. All reprinted material was written by Alan Moore. Art team Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala handled most of the issues. John Totleben illustrated issue #60. The plot for issue #59 was written by Stephen Bissette, John Totleben, Alan Moore and Rick Veitch. Veitch also wrote issue #62, in preparation for him taking over writing the series. Stephen Bissette and Tom Yeates contributed pencil work to #64.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #57 (1987)
  2. Swamp Thing #58 (1987)
  3. Swamp Thing #59 (1987)
  4. Swamp Thing #60 (1987)
  5. Swamp Thing #61 (1987)
  6. Swamp Thing #62 (1987)
  7. Swamp Thing #63 (1987)
  8. Swamp Thing #64 (1987)

Bonus material:

  1. Cover gallery

Swamp Thing Vol. 5: Earth to Earth

Swamp Thing Vol. 5: Earth to Earth
By Alan Moore with Len Wein (writers), Rick Veitch, John Totleben and Alfredo Alcala with Bernie Wrightson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 2002

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $17.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563898047

Synopsis from publisher:
Returned from his sojourn to hell, Swamp Thing discovers that his girlfriend Abby is being persecuted for their “unnatural relations”. When she skips town for Gotham City, he follows and runs afoul of Batman, Lex Luthor, and the Gotham City P.D.

Notes:
The fifth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. Nearly all of the reprinted material was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Rick Veitch and Alfredo Alcala. John Totleben illustrated #53 and contributed inking to #55. Issue #56 included a re-presentation of issue #10 of the first Swamp Thing comic book series by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #51 (1986)
  2. Swamp Thing #52 (1986)
  3. Swamp Thing #53 (1986)
  4. Swamp Thing #54 (1986)
  5. Swamp Thing #55 (1986)
  6. Swamp Thing #56 (1987)
  7. Swamp Thing #10 (1974)

Swamp Thing Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows

Swamp Thing Vol. 4: A Murder of Crows
By Alan Moore (writer), Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with Stan Woch, Ron Randall, Alfredo Alcala, Rick Veitch and Tom Mandrake (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released August 2001

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563897199

Synopsis from publisher:
This fourth volume in the saga of the Swamp Thing finds the man-monster interacting with Deadman, the Phantom Stranger, the Spectre, and the Demon as he continues on his journey of self-discovery. Traveling through the horrors of a haunted house, the improbabilities of the afterlife, the depths of hell and the heights of heaven, the Swamp Thing continues his evolution from a simple monster into a powerful elemental being with a potential to exceed the bonds of the Earth itself.

Notes:
The fourth collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series. All reprinted material was written by Alan Moore. Stephen Bissette and John Totleben illustrated about half of the material. Stan Woch contributed pencil work for four issues. Ron Randall and Alfredo Alcala each inked two issues. Randall also helped Totleben on a portion of a third issue. Rick Veitch and Tom Mandrake contributed to #50.
Issue #46 tied in to the limited series event Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The collection’s cover by John Totleben was originally used for the cover of Swamp Thing #157 from 1995.

Reprints:

  1. Swamp Thing #43 (1985)
  2. Swamp Thing #44 (1986)
  3. Swamp Thing #45 (1986)
  4. Swamp Thing #46 (1986)
  5. Swamp Thing #47 (1986)
  6. Swamp Thing #48 (1986)
  7. Swamp Thing #49 (1986)
  8. Swamp Thing #50 (1986)

Bonus material:

  1. Cover gallery (reprints the cover images of four of the issues, including #50)

Swamp Thing Vol. 3: The Curse

Swamp Thing Vol. 3: The Curse
By Alan Moore (writer), Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with Alfredo Alcala, Ron Randall and Simon Bisly (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 2000

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563896974

Synopsis from publisher:
The third collection of the Swamp Thing saga, this book continues Alan Moore’s critically-acclaimed run on the series. Swamp Thing tackles environmental disaster issues and then engages in a controversial encounter with a werewolf, but neither of these tales impact the Swamp Thing as greatly as when he meets John Constantine, the Hellblazer. In his first appearance ever, the Hellblazer sends the man-monster on a journey of self discovery that redefines the Swamp Thing forever as an Elemental with powers that are as awesome as the Earth itself.

Notes:
The third collection of the second Swamp Thing comic book series, which, in 1985, shortened its title from Saga of the Swamp Thing to simply Swamp Thing. All reprinted material was written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with the exception of two issues. Alfredo Alcala filled in for Totleben on issue #41. Ron Randall joined Totleben on inking duties for issue #42. As mentioned above, the collection includes the first appearance of John Constantine, who got his own long running comic book series called Hellblazer. The character first appeared in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37.
The collection’s cover by Simon Bisley was originally used for the cover of Swamp Thing #102 from 2000.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #35 (1985)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #36 (1985)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #38 (1985)
  5. Swamp Thing #39 (1985)
  6. Swamp Thing #40 (1985)
  7. Swamp Thing #41 (1985)
  8. Swamp Thing #42 (1985)

Bonus material:

  1. Cover gallery (contains images of the covers to issues #35, 37, 40 and 42)

Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing Vol. 1: Saga of the Swamp Thing
By Alan Moore (writer), Stephen Bissette and John Totleben with Rick Veitch (artists), Tatjana Wood (colorist), John Costanza and Todd Klein (letterers)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released 1987, re-issued February 1998

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289226

Synopsis from publisher:
Created out of the Swamp by a freak accident, Swamp Thing is an elemental creature who uses the forces of nature and wisdom of the plant kingdom to fight the polluted world’s self-destruction. Inspired by the creation of writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson, Alan Moore took the Swamp Thing to new heights in the 1980s with his unique narrative approach. His provocative and groundbreaking writing, combined with masterly artwork by some of the medium’s top artists, made SWAMP THING one of the great comics of the late twentieth century. This volume includes Moore’s first seven issues, SAGA OF THE SWAMP THING #21-27.

Notes:
The first twenty issues of Saga of the Swamp Thing have never been reprinted or collected. The series, the second Swamp Thing comic series, began in 1982. It was first written by Martin Pasko (#s 1-13 & 16-19) with Dan Mishkin (14-15) and illustrated by Tom Yeates (1-8, 10-13), Jan Duursema (9) and Bo Hampton (14-15). Stephen Bissette & John Totleben began drawing the series with issue #16. Despite what the publisher’s above blurb says, Alan Moore’s first issue was actually Saga of the Swamp Thing #20, which primarily dealt with clearing away the supporting cast used by the previous writer and setting the stage for his own run.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #21 (1984)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #22 (1984)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #23 (1984)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #24 (1984)
  5. Saga of the Swamp Thing #25 (1984)
  6. Saga of the Swamp Thing #26 (1984)
  7. Saga of the Swamp Thing #27 (1984)

Bonus material:

  1. Foreword by Ramsey Campbell
  2. Introduction by Alan Moore