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A History of Violence

A History of Violence
By John Wagner (writer) and Vince Locke (artist)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released May 1997; re-released December 2004

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Cover price: $9.99
Format: Soft cover, black & white, standard-size
ISBN 1563893673

Synopsis from publisher:

A new edition of the classic graphic novel, available for the first time from VERTIGO just in time for the major motion picture starring Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris and William Hurt! In this suspenseful noir crime story, Tom McKenna is a simple family man who instantly becomes a media celebrity when he takes down a couple of wanted murderers who attempt to rob his diner. But his newfound fame draws the attention of a group of merciless mobsters who have been looking to settle a score with McKenna for over 20 years. Now as the killers descend upon his small town in Middle America, the Brooklyn native must face the actions of his youth and relive his past history of violence as he attempts to salvage the life he has built.

Notes:

This publication is an original graphic novel. All material was written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke.

This graphic novel was originally released through DC Comics’ imprint Paradox Press in 1997. That imprint was eventually folded into Vertigo, which re-issued this publication in advance of the 2005 movie adaptation of the same name directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay based on the graphic novel was written by Josh Olson.

Reprints: N/A

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The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale

The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale
By Bronwyn Carlton with John Ney Rieber (writers), Peter Gross and Vince Locke with Mark Buckingham, Ryan Kelly, Hermann Mejia and Dick Giordano (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released November 1999

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Cover price: $14.95
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563895021

Synopsis from publisher:

Discover how a young boy became the haughty King Auberon of Faerie in THE BOOKS OF FAERIE: AUBERON’S TALE, a VERTIGO trade paperback (suggested for mature readers) collecting the 3-issue miniseries of the same name and other tales of Auberon and his realm.

In the AUBERON’S TALE miniseries — written by Bronwyn Carlton (THE BOOKS OF FAERIE), with art by Peter Gross (THE BOOKS OF MAGIC, THE BOOKS OF FAERIE) and Vince Locke (WITCHCRAFT: LA TERREUR) — a group of nobles’ bold plan to overthrow a mad King is undermined when an odd twist of succession places the realm’s future in the hands of a small boy who has suddenly been proclaimed monarch. Also reprinted in this handsome collection are backup features from THE BOOKS OF MAGIC #57 and #58 (written by Carlton, with art by Ryan Kelly and Hermann Mejia) which detail stories of young King Auberon. Completing the volume is 1997’s THE BOOKS OF MAGIC ANNUAL #1 (written by John Ney Rieber with art by Mark Buckingham and Dick Giordano), which tells the story of Tim Hunter’s encounter with a lonely girl on a deserted island in the Realm of Faerie, a girl who helped secure Tim’s future as the greatest magician in the world.

Notes:

This publication reprints the comic book mini-series The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale, as well as two back-up stories from The Books of Magic comic book series and The Books of Magic Annual #1. All material in this publication was written by Bronwyn Carlton and illustrated by Peter Gross and Vince Locke. The Books of Magic #57 was illustrated by Ryan Kelly. The Books of Magic #58 was illustrated by Hermann Mejia. The Books of Magic Annual #1, which was written by John Ney Rieber and illustrated by Mark Buckingham and Dick Giordano. The cover was illustrated by Peter Gross.

This is the second Books of Faerie mini-series. The third mini-series, The Books of Faerie: Molly’s Story, has yet to be collected or reprinted.

Reprints:

  1. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #1 (1998)
  2. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #2 (1998)
  3. The Books of Faerie: Auberon’s Tale #3 (1998)
  4. The Books of Magic #57 (1999) [The Books of Faerie story only]
  5. The Books of Magic #58 (1999) [The Books of Faerie story only]
  6. The Books of Magic Annual #1 (1997)

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)

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. 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 Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives

The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives
By Neil Gaiman (writer), Jill Thompson and Vince Locke with Dick Giordano and Dave McKean (artists)
Published by DC Comics/Vertigo
Originally released January 1995

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Cover price: $19.99
Format: Soft cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891387

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Cover price: $29.95
Format: Hard cover, color, standard-size
ISBN 1563891379

Synopsis from publisher for soft cover edition:
Dream’s youngest sister, the loopy Delirium, convinces him to go on a quest for their missing brother, Destruction. But Dream may learn that the cost of finding his prodigal sibling is more than he can bear.

Synopsis from publisher for hard cover edition:
Older and more powerful than the gods themselves, the Endless are a dysfunctional family of cosmic beings that have ruled over the realms of dream, desire, despair, destiny, destruction, death, and delirium since the beginning of time. But three hundred years ago, one of the mythical beings gave up his duties and left his realm, never to be seen again. Now on a mission to find their missing sibling, Delirium and older brother Dream encounter immortal humans and various deities as they try to locate the prodigal Destruction. But as their adventure draws Dream into a final, tragic confrontation with his son Orpheus, the eternal being learns the true meaning of fate and consequences.

Notes:
The seventh collection of the second Sandman comic book series. All material reprinted in this publication was written by Neil Gaiman. Art was provided by Jill Thompson and Vince Locke. Dick Giordano provided additional inking for issue #47. The cover was created by Dave McKean.

Reprints:

  1. Sandman #41 (1992)
  2. Sandman #42 (1992)
  3. Sandman #43 (1992)
  4. Sandman #44 (1992)
  5. Sandman #45 (1993)
  6. Sandman #46 (1993)
  7. Sandman #47 (1993)
  8. Sandman #48 (1993)
  9. Sandman #49 (1993)

Bonus material:

  1. Afterword by Peter Straub

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. 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