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Witchcraft

Witchcraft
By James Robinson (writer), Teddy Kristiansen, Peter Snejbjerg, Michael Zulli and Steve Yeowell with Michael Wm. Kaluta (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 1996

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389274X

Synopsis from publisher:
When a group of barbarians brutally slaughter and rape a coven of their followers, Mildred, Morganna, and Cynthia, the three dark witches of ancient Greece, unleash a centuries-spanning maelstrom of vengeance. Resurrecting their slain priestess over and over again, the Three Witches aid their faithful servant in her endless mission of revenge against the reincarnation of the barbarian chief. But after bloody and horrific encounters in the Middle Ages and the Victorian Era, the vicious cycle of death and rebirth comes to an end as killer and victim meet for one final, fateful confrontation in the 1990s.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Witchcraft comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by James Robinson and illustrated by Teddy Kristiansen. Each issue also features additional artwork by a different artist. The first issue includes a sequence by Peter Snejbjerg, the second by Michael Zulli and the third by Steve Yeowell. The cover is painted by Michael Wm. Kaluta.

There was a sequel Witchcraft mini-series called Witchcraft: La Terreur. The 3-part mini-series was written by James Robinson and illustrated by Michael Zulli and Vince Locke. Michael Wm. Kaluta also returned as cover artist. These issues have yet to be reprinted or collected.

Reprints:

  1. Witchcraft #1 (1994)
  2. Witchcraft #2 (1994)
  3. Witchcraft #3 (1994
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Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold

Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold
By Alisa Kwitney (writer) and Kent Williams with Michael Zulli, Scott Hampton and Rebecca Guay (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2000

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563895056

Synopsis from publisher:
In this Eisner Award-nominated tale, the world has been decimated by the spread of an antibiotic-resistant strain of the Bubonic Plague. With entire cities deserted and civilization collapsing, an enigmatic stranger arrives at the door of Ruth Knight. Claiming to possess a page from the Book of Destiny that foretells the future, the charismatic nomad tells three centuries-spanning tales of love, betrayal, and horror that reveal Destiny’s and his own role in the Black Plague, the Plague of Justinian, and the Great Plague. Now offered knowledge about the path of this latest deadly epidemic, Ruth must choose between a possible death and a life in which she will know her own destiny.

Notes:
This publication collects the comic book mini-series Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold. All reprinted material was written by Alisa Kwitney and painted by Kent Williams. Each issue featured additional artwork by a different artist: Michael Zulli for issue #1, Scott Hampton for issue #2 and Rebecca Guay for issue #3. The cover was created by Kent Williams and is an altered version of the cover originally used for issue #1.

Reprints:

  1. Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold #1 (1997)
  2. Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold #2 (1997)
  3. Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold #3 (1997)

The Dreaming Vol. 1: Beyond the Shores of Night

The Dreaming Vol. 1: Beyond the Shores of Night
By Terry LaBan, Peter Hogan, Alisa Kwitney (writer), Peter Snejbjerg, Steve Parkhouse and Michael Zulli with Dick Giordano and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released February 1998

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563893932

Synopsis from publisher:
Beyond the shores of night, there lies the kingdom of The Sandman… a vast, unmapped realm of dreams where you can find ancient myths and modern nightmares, as well as the landscape of a thousand fables and some very personal hells. Come take a tour of the Dreaming in this collection of three stories: Meet a runaway gargoyle who is much more than she appears; then take an unexpected detour in the woods in 1950 and find yourself awake in the strange world of the 1990s; and finish with an excursion to the House of Mystery, where a long-lost relative has just dropped by for dinner. This is the Dreaming, and here there be dragons, and gargoyles, and the answer to that eternal question: “Now, what could that bizarre dream have meant?”

Notes:
The first collection of The Dreaming comic book series. Issues #1 to #3 were written by Terry LaBan and illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg. Issues #4 to #7 were written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Steve Parkhouse. Dick Giordano provides inks for issue #7. Issue #8 was written by Alisa Kwitney and illustrated by Michael Zulli. The cover was created by Dave McKean and was originally used as the cover to issue #1.

Issues #9 to #14 of The Dreaming, by writers Bryan Talbot and Terry LaBan and artists Dave Taylor, Peter Doherty and Jill Thompson, have not yet been collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Dreaming #1 (1996)
  2. The Dreaming #2 (1996)
  3. The Dreaming #3 (1996)
  4. The Dreaming #4 (1996)
  5. The Dreaming #5 (1996)
  6. The Dreaming #6 (1996)
  7. The Dreaming #7 (1996)
  8. The Dreaming #8 (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. 4

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 4
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Marc Hempel, Michael Zulli, Charles Vess, Teddy Kristiansen, Kevin Nowlan, Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston and Jon J. Muth with D’Israeli, Richard Case and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2008

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210856

Synopsis from publisher:
This final volume includes behind-the-scenes extras plus issues #57-75 and a story from VERTIGO JAM #1. Don’t miss the end of what Playboy called “a modern myth, as well as a précis on why the stories we tell matter so much“.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication is the fourth and final 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. 9: The Kindly Ones and The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake, but without those publications’ introductions.
All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Marc Hempel for issues #57 to #61, #63 and #65 to 69. Inked art was provided by D’Israeli for issues #58 to #61 and Richard Case for issues #65 to #68. Issue #62 was drawn by Glyn Dillon, Dean Ormston, Charles Vess and D’Israeli. Teddy Kristiansen illustrated issue #64. Michael Zulli illustrated issues #70 to 73, as well as the 3-page sequence originally published in The Dreaming #8. The art for issue #74 was by Jon J. Muth and #75 by Charles Vess. The story from Vertigo Jam #1 was illustrated by Kevin Nowlan. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #57 (1994)
  2. Sandman #58 (1994)
  3. Sandman #59 (1994)
  4. Sandman #60 (1994)
  5. Sandman #61 (1994)
  6. Sandman #62 (1994)
  7. Sandman #63 (1994)
  8. Sandman #64 (1994)
  9. Sandman #65 (1994)
  10. Sandman #66 (1995)
  11. Sandman #67 (1995)
  12. Sandman #68 (1995)
  13. Sandman #69 (1995)
  14. Sandman #70 (1995)
  15. Sandman #71 (1995)
  16. Sandman #72 (1995)
  17. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  18. Sandman #73 (1995)
  19. Sandman #74 (1996)
  20. Sandman #75 (1996)
  21. Vertigo Jam #1 (1993)

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake

The Sandman Vol. 10: The Wake
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Michael Zulli, Jon J. Muth and Charles Vess with Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1997

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892790

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892871

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
In the last chapter of the SANDMAN saga, the Endless and all the dreamers come to celebrate the life and mourn the passing of the King of Dreams.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
A groundbreaking and award-winning epic that masterfully creates a modern myth of dark fantasy, the Sandman series tells the tale of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. As a being of infinite power, Morpheus has ruled over the realm of the dreaming since the beginning of time. But now after a tragic fall, Morpheus is no more. In the touching and final chapter of this fantastical legend, friends, siblings, enemies and lovers gather to mourn and honor the fallen Lord. Realistically depicting the feelings of loss and despair associated with death, THE SANDMAN: THE WAKE is an emotional tale of remembrance and rebirth.

Notes:
The tenth and final collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was created by Michael Zulli except for issue #74 by Jon J. Muth and issue #75 by Charles Vess. The cover was created by Dave McKean.
This publication also includes 3 “lost” pages that were first printed in The Dreaming #8. The sequence takes place after page 16 of Sandman #72 but is printed in the correct sequence in this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #70 (1995)
  2. Sandman #71 (1995)
  3. Sandman #72 (1995)
  4. The Dreaming #8 (1997) (3-page “lost” Sandman sequence only)
  5. Sandman #73 (1995)
  6. Sandman #74 (1996)
  7. Sandman #75 (1996)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Mikal Gilmore

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

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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

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 Absolute Sandman Vol. 1

The Absolute Sandman Vol. 1
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III with Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2006

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Cover price: $99.00
Format: Hard cover, color, over-sized
ISBN 1401210821

Synopsis from publisher:
THE SANDMAN, written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman, was the most acclaimed comic book title of the 1990s. A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, THE SANDMAN is also widely considered one of the most original and artistically ambitious series of the modern age. By the time it concluded in 1996, it had made significant contributions to the artistic maturity of comic books and become a pop culture phenomenon in its own right.

Now, DC Comics is proud to present this comics classic in an all-new Absolute Edition format. The first of four beautifully designed slipcased volumes, THE ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 1 collects issues #1-20 of THE SANDMAN and features completely new coloring, approved by the author on the first 18 issues, as well as a host of never-before-seen extra material including the complete original Sandman proposal, a gallery of character designs from Gaiman and the artists who originated the look of the Sandman, and the original script for the World Fantasy Award-winning THE SANDMAN #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” together with reproductions of the issue’s original pencils by Charles Vess. Also included are a new introduction by DC President and Publisher Paul Levitz and an afterword by Gaiman.

Notes:
This over-sized hard cover publication reprints the first twenty issues of the second Sandman comic book series, essentially a recolored or “remastered” version of the contents of The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House and The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country but without those publication’s introductions. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. The art for issues #1 through #4 were handled Sam Keith and Mike Dringenberg. Issue #5 was drawn by Sam Keith and Malcolm Jones III. Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III took over the art duties from issue #6 to #16, with the exception of issue #12 by Chris Bachalo and Malcolm Jones III and issue #13 by Michael Zulli and Steve Parkhouse. Issue #17 and #18 were illustrated by Kelley Jones and Malcolm Jones III. Charles Vess drew issue #19. Colleen Doran and Jones drew issue #20. The slipcase cover was created by Dave McKean.

The first Sandman comic book series by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (their final collaboration), which only lasted six issues from 1974 to 1976, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #1 (1989)
  2. Sandman #2 (1989)
  3. Sandman #3 (1989)
  4. Sandman #4 (1989)
  5. Sandman #5 (1989)
  6. Sandman #6 (1989)
  7. Sandman #7 (1989)
  8. Sandman #8 (1989)
  9. Sandman #9 (1989)
  10. Sandman #10 (1989)
  11. Sandman #11 (1989)
  12. Sandman #12 (1990)
  13. Sandman #13 (1990)
  14. Sandman #14 (1990)
  15. Sandman #15 (1990)
  16. Sandman #16 (1990)
  17. Sandman #17 (1990)
  18. Sandman #18 (1990)
  19. Sandman #19 (1990)
  20. Sandman #20 (1990)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Paul Levitz
  2. Afterword by Neil Gaiman
  3. Original Sandman proposal by Neil Gaiman
  4. Character designs by Gaiman and others
  5. Original script by Gaiman and pencil reproductions by Charles Vess from Sandman #19