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Stardust

Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess’ Stardust
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Charles Vess (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released July 1999; hardcover released June 2007

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 156389470X

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Cover price: $39.99
Format: Hard cover, color, oversized
ISBN 1401211909

Synopsis for the soft-cover edition:

In a Victorian-era tale of magic and romance, young Tristran Thorn falls in love with the town beauty and must go on an incredible coming-of-age journey in order to capture her heart. Living in the small countryside town of Wall, one night Tristran vows to his beloved to retrieve a fallen star that they witnessed crashing down from the heavens. Now to gain his love’s hand, he must leave behind his home and embark on a journey that will define the meaning of true love. Told through breathtaking painted illustrations, this fairytale for adults is a true masterpiece in storytelling.

Synopsis for the hard-cover edition:

Don’t miss an amazing new oversized hardcover edition of the classic tale written by New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman (THE SANDMAN) and illustrated by Charles Vess, soon to be a major motion picture!

In a Victorian-era tale of magic and romance, young Tristran Thorn falls in love with the town beauty and must go on an incredible coming-of-age journey in order to capture her heart. Living in the small countryside town of Wall, one night Tristran vows to his beloved to retrieve a fallen star that they witnessed crashing down from the heavens. Now to gain his love’s hand, he must leave behind his home and embark on a journey that will define the meaning of true love. Told through breathtaking painted illustrations, this fairytale for adults is a true masterpiece in storytelling.

Notes:

This publication reprints the entire comic book mini-series Stardust. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and painted by Charles Vess.

Reprints:

  1. Stardust #1 (1997)
  2. Stardust #2 (1998)
  3. Stardust #3 (1998)
  4. Stardust #4 (1998)
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Mr. Punch

The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563892464

Synopsis from publisher:
A dark and frightening fully painted novella, MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy’s loss of innocence resulting from a horrific confrontation with his past. Spending a summer at his grandfather’s seaside arcade, a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy’s family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined. With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young boy is forced to deal with his family’s dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and guilt.

Notes:

This publication is an original graphic novel. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and painted by Dave McKean.

Reprints: N/A

Breathtaker

Breathtaker
By Mark Wheatley (writer) and Marc Hempel (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released December 1994

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891638

Synopsis from publisher:
Darrow is the Breathtaker – a woman on the run with the terrible power to love a man to death. Pursuing her is The Man, a government-sanctioned superhuman with one assignment: capture Chase and bring her in for murder.

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series Breathtaker. All material in this publication was written by Mark Wheatley and illustrated by Marc Hempel. Neil Gaiman provided an introduction for this publication.

Reprints:

  1. Breathtaker #1 (1990)
  2. Breathtaker #2 (1990)
  3. Breathtaker #3 (1990)
  4. Breathtaker #4 (1990)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Neil Gaiman

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime – Book 1

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime – Book 1
By Si Spencer (writer), Neil Gaiman (co-plotter) and Dean Ormston with Frank Quitely (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released March 2005

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Cover price: $9.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401204880

Synopsis from publisher:
Tim Hunter returns in this first collection of his new title, collecting the initial story arc from issues #1-5 as co-plotted by Neil Gaiman. This new take on the Hunter is loaded with dystopian undercurrents and psychological horror.

Notes:

This is the ninth publication collecting The Books of Magic series of comic books, specifically collecting the first issues of The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime comic book series. All material in this publication was written by Si Spencer, with additional plotting by Neil Gaiman, and illustrated by Dean Ormston. The cover was painted by Frank Quitely.

The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime continued until issue #15. Spencer, Gaiman and Ormston remained on as the creative team. Duncan Fegredo illustrated issues #6 and #10. Steve Yeowell provided additional artwork for issues #11 and #12. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #1 (2004)
  2. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #2 (2004)
  3. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #3 (2004)
  4. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #4 (2004)
  5. The Books of Magick: Life During Wartime #5 (2005)

The Books of Magic

The Books of Magic
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and John Bolton, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1993

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563890828

Synopsis from publisher:
A quartet of fallen mystics dubbed the “Trenchcoat Brigade” is introduced in this first collection of the adventures of Timothy Hunter. John Constanine, the Phantom Stranger, Dr. Occult and Mister E take Hunter on a tour of the magical realms. Along the way he’s introduced to Vertigo’s greatest practitioners of magic and must choose whether or not to join their ranks.

Notes:

This is the first publication reprinting The Books of Magic series of comic books. This publication reprints the original mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Each of the four chapters (issues) is illustrated by a different artist: John Bolton, who also provided the cover for this publication, Scott Hampton, Charles Vess and Paul Johnson. There is also an introduction by Roger Zelazny.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Magic #1 (1990)
  2. The Books of Magic #2 (1990)
  3. The Books of Magic #3 (1991)
  4. The Books of Magic #4 (1991)

Bonus Material:

  1. Introduction by Roger Zelazny

Black Orchid

Black Orchid
By Neil Gaiman (writer) and Dave McKean (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 1991

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289552

Synopsis from publisher:
After being viciously murdered, Susan is reborn fully grown as the Black Orchid, a hybrid of plant and human, in order to avenge her own death. Now as this demigoddess attempts to reconcile her human memories and botanical origins, she must also untangle the webs of deception and secrets that led to her murder. Beginning in the cold streets of a heartless metropolis and ending in the lavish heartland of the thriving Amazon, this book takes the reader through a journey of secrets, suffering, and self-rediscovery.

Notes:

This publication reprints the Black Orchid comic book mini-series. All material in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean.

A second Black Orchid comic book series began in 1993 based on this story. The series ran for 22 issues, plus an Annual issue, and ended in 1995. The series was written by Dick Foreman and initially illustrated by Jill Thompson and Stan Woch. Rebecca Guay provided additional art for issue #5. Bruce McCorkindale inked issue #6. Guay and Woch took over the art for the series with issue #7. Dick Giordano inked issue #17. Jamie Tolagson and Stan Woch illustrated issue #18. These issues have yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. Black Orchid #1 (1988)
  2. Black Orchid #2 (1989)
  3. Black Orchid #3 (1989)

Lucifer Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway

Lucifer Vol. 1: Devil in the Gateway
By Mike Carey (writer), Scott Hampton, Chris Weston and Warren Pleece with James Hodgkins, Dean Ormston and Duncan Fegredo (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released June 2001

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563897334

Synopsis from publisher:
From the pages of THE SANDMAN, Lucifer Morningstar, the former Lord of Hell, is unexpectedly called back into action when he receives a mission from Heaven. Given free reign to use any means necessary, Lucifer is promised a prize of his own choosing if he fulfills this holy request. But once he completes his mission, the Prince of Darkness’ demand shakes the foundation of Heaven and Hell. Now as his enemies unite to stop his reemergence, Lucifer gathers his forces as he prepares to launch his new revolution.

Notes:
This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Lucifer, and is also the first collection of the comic book series Lucifer. All reprinted material was written by Mike Carey. The Sandman Presents: Lucifer issues #1 to #3 were illustrated by Scott Hampton. Lucifer issues #1 to #3 were illustrated by Chris Weston with additional inking by James Hodgkins. Lucifer #4 was illustrated by Warren Pleece and Dean Ormston. The cover was created by Duncan Fegredo and is an altered version of the covers originally used for issues #2 and #4.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #1 (1999)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #2 (1999)
  3. The Sandman Presents: Lucifer #3 (1999)
  4. Lucifer #1 (2000)
  5. Lucifer #2 (2000)
  6. Lucifer #3 (2000)
  7. Lucifer #4 (2000)

Bonus Material:

  1. Foreword by Neil Gaiman

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)

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

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)