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The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire

The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire
By Bill Willingham (writer), Shawn McManus with Tara McPherson (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released September 2005

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Cover price: $12.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 140120497X

Synopsis from publisher:
The world’s oldest, most powerful witch returns in this collection written by Bill Willingham (FABLES). This tale follows Thessaly as she becomes the unwitting partner in a monster-killing business with her ghostly one-time nemesis, Fetch.

Notes:

This publication collects the comic book mini-series The Sandman Presents: Thessaly, Witch for Hire. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham and illustrated by Shawn McManus. The cover by Tara McPherson was originally used as the cover for issue #1.

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #1 (2004)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #2 (2004)
  3. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #3 (2004)
  4. The Sandman Presents: Thessaly – Witch for Hire #4 (2004)
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The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales

The Sandman Presents: Taller Tales
By Bill Willingham (writer/artist), Shawn McManus, Mark Buckingham, Albert Monteys, Duncan Fegredo, Kevin Nowlan, Jason Little, Niko Henrichon, Peter Gross, Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Adam Hughes, Linda Medley, Marc Laming, Zander Cannon with Andrew Pepoy, John Stokes and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 2003

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Cover price: $19.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1401201008

Synopsis from publisher:
Collecting FABLES writer Bill Willingham’s assorted tales of the Dreaming, originally presented in THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: MERV PUMPKINHEAD, AGENT OF D.R.E.A.M., THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DREAMS…BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK #1, THE DREAMING #55 and the 4-issue miniseries THE SANDMAN PRESENTS: THE THESSALIAD.

Notes:
This publication is a collection of various issues from comic book one-shots, mini-series and series featuring characters from the comic book series The Sandman. All reprinted material was written by Bill Willingham.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 was illustrated by Mark Buckingham and John Stokes.

The comic book one-shot The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 consisted of eight short stories by various artists. The first story was illustrated by Albert Monteys. The second was by Duncan Fegredo. The third was by Kevin Nowlan. The fourth, sixth and eighth was by Jason Little. The fifth was by Mark Buckingham. The seventh was by Niko Henrichon.

The Dreaming #55 consisted of several sequences by various artists. The framing sequence (first two pages and final page) was illustrated by Peter Gross. The remaining sequences were illustrated by Daniel Torres, Paul Pope, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Phil Jimenez, Bill Willingham with Adam Hughes and Linda Medley, Marc Laming with John Stokes, Zander Cannon and Albert Monteys.

The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad issue #1 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issues #2 to #4 were drawn by Shawn McManus and Andrew Pepoy.

The cover painted by Dave McKean was originally used as the cover for The Dreaming #55

Reprints:

  1. The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. #1 (2000)
  2. The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid To Ask #1 (2001)
  3. The Dreaming #55 (2000)
  4. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #1 (2002)
  5. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #2 (2002)
  6. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #3 (2002)
  7. The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad #4 (2002)

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. 6: Fables and Reflections

The Sandman Vol. 6: Fables and Reflections
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Bryan Talbot, P. Craig Russell, Stan Woch, Shawn McManus, Duncan Eagleson, John Watkiss, Jill Thompson, Kent Williams with Mark Buckingham, Dick Giordano, Vince Locke and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 1994

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891050

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Cover price: $39.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891069

Synopsis from publisher:
The critically acclaimed THE SANDMAN: FABLES AND REFLECTIONS continues the fantastical epic of Morpheus, the King of Dreams, as he observes and interacts with an odd assortment of historical and fictional characters throughout time. Featuring tales of kings, explorers, spies, and werewolves, this book of myth and imagination delves into the dark dreams of Augustus Caesar, Marco Polo, Cain and Abel, Norton I, and Orpheus to illustrate the effects that these subconscious musings have had on the course of history and mankind.

Notes:
The sixth collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Sandman Special #1 was illustrated by Bryan Talbot, P. Craig Russell and Mark Buckingham. Issue #29 was drawn by Stan Woch and Dick Giordano. Issue #30 was drawn by Talbot and Woch. Issue #31 was illustrated by Shawn McManus. Issue #38 was drawn by Duncan Eagleson and Vince Locke. Issue #39 was illustrated by John Watkiss. Issue #40 was drawn by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke. Issue #50 was illustrated by P. Craig Russell. The story from Vertigo Preview #1 was illustrated by Kent Williams. The cover was created by Dave McKean and originally appeared as the cover of issue #39.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman Special #1 (1991)
  2. Sandman #29 (1991)
  3. Sandman #30 (1991)
  4. Sandman #31 (1991)
  5. Sandman #38 (1992)
  6. Sandman #39 (1992)
  7. Sandman #40 (1992)
  8. Sandman #50 (1993)
  9. Vertigo Preview #1 (1992) (7-page Sandman story only)

Bonus material:

  1. Introduction by Gene Wolfe

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

Availability: Amazon.com
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

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

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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. 2: Love and Death

Swamp Thing Vol. 2: Love and Death
By Alan Moore with Len Wein (writers), Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben with Shawn McManus, Ron Randall, Bernie Wrightson and Alfredo Alcala (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released April 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 0930289544

Synopsis from publisher:
The Plant Elemental comes to terms with his true origins and travels to the depths of Hell. Features appearances by Cain and Abel, the Spectre, the Demon, Deadman, and the Phantom Stranger. Also includes the classic first appearance of the Swamp Thing from HOUSE OF SECRETS #92, woven into the present day continuity.

Notes:
The second collection of Alan Moore’s run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, the second Swamp Thing comic book series. McManus handled art on issue #28 & 32. Rick Veitch provided pencils for issue #31. Ron Randall illustrated issue #33. The art team of Stephen Bissette and Jon Totleben illustrated the remainder of the issues in the collection with the exception of Alfred Alcala inking Bissette’s pencils for issue #30. Also, the 8-page story from House of Secrets #92, from 1971, was written by Len Wein and drawn by Bernie Wrightson. One page of issue #30 is not included in this collection. The entire page is a tie-in to the limited series event Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Reprints:

  1. Saga of the Swamp Thing #28 (1984)
  2. Saga of the Swamp Thing #29 (1984)
  3. Saga of the Swamp Thing #30 (1984)
  4. Saga of the Swamp Thing #31 (1984)
  5. Saga of the Swamp Thing Annual #2 (1985)
  6. Saga of the Swamp Thing #32 (1985)
  7. Saga of the Swamp Thing #33 (1985)
  8. House of Secrets #92 (1971)
  9. Saga of the Swamp Thing #34 (1985)

Bonus material:

  1. Foreword by Jamie Delano
  2. Introduction by Neil Gaiman