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 The first story was a previously unpublished Swamp Thing story with art by Stephen Bissette and John Totleben.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 previously unpublished Swamp Thing story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

Sandman Midnight Theatre
By Neil Gaiman, Matt Wagner (writers) and Teddy Kristiansen (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1995

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Cover price: $6.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892081

Synopsis from publisher:
Not available

Notes:
This publication is an original graphic novel starring Sandman and Dream from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comic book series and Wesley Dodds from Matt Wagner’s Sandman Mystery Theatre comic book series. All material was written by Gaiman and Wagner, and illustrated by Teddy Kristiansen.

This graphic novel is currently out-of-print but has since been reprinted in its entirety in the 1999 publication Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days.

Reprints: N/A

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)

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 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

Availability: Amazon.com
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. 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

Availability: Amazon.com
Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890410

Availability: Amazon.com
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