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Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) comic books

  • Issue #1
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 1

    Reprints Sandman 1. Cover art by Dave McKean. "Sleep of the Just," script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth, inks by Mike Dringenberg; Roderick Burgess, seeking to trap Death, snares her brother Dream instead; After many years of captivity, Morpheus is released and takes his revenge; 1st app of Morpheus (Modern Age Sandman); Golden Age Sandman Wesley Dodds cameo. See also Books of Magic, Vertigo Jam, and Vertigo Preview. 52 pgs., full color. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #2
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 2

    Reprints Sandman 2. Cover art by Dave McKean. Imperfect Hosts, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth, inks by Mike Dringenberg; Morpheus meets Abel, Cain & Lucien, and consults the three witches about his missing tools. See also House of Mystery and House of Secrets for more Cain & Abel. 32 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #3
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 3

    Reprints Sandman 3. Cover art by Dave McKean. ...Dream A Little Dream Of Me, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, inks by Mike Dringenberg; Morpheus gets John Constantine to help him find his missing pouch of sand. Promo for House Of Secrets. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #4
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 4

    Reprints Sandman 4. Cover art by Dave McKean. A Hope in Hell, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, inks by Mike Dringenberg; Morpheus goes to Hell to reclaim his helmet. Promo for Dhampire: Stillborn. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #5
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 5

    Reprints Sandman 5. Cover art by Dave McKean. Passengers, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Sam Kieth, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Morpheus visits the JLA to find out where his ruby is. Promo for Preacher Month retail products. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #6
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 6

    Reprints Sandman 6. Cover art by Dave McKean. 24 Hours Diner, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Doctor Destiny entertains himself by torturing people in a diner. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #7
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 7

    Reprints Sandman 7. Cover art by Dave McKean. Sound And Fury, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Morpheus fights with Doctor Destiny in the Dreaming. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #8
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 8

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    Reprints Sandman 8. Cover art by Dave McKean. The Sound Of Her Wings, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Morpheus spends a day with Death. Promo for The Invisibles Volume 2. Sandman pinup by Mike Dringenberg. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #9
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 9

    Reprints Sandman 9. Cover art by Dave McKean. Tales in the Sand, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; The story of the romance of Nada and Morpheus. Promo for Unknown Soldier. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #10
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 10

    Reprints Sandman 10. Cover art by Dave McKean. The Doll's House, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Rose meets her grandmother, Morpheus, the Dreaming staff, and the Three Witches. Promos for 2020 Visions & Faultlines. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #11
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 11

    Reprints Sandman 11. Cover art by Dave McKean. Moving In, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Rose and Morpheus search for Jed. Promo for Weird War Tales. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #12
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 12

    Reprints Sandman 12. Cover art by Dave McKean. Playing House, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Chris Bachalo, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Morpheus meets the Hector Hall (Silver Scarab) version of the 1974 DC Sandman character and takes control of the Dream realm that Hector took over in the Infinity Inc. series. Promo for Junk Culture. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #13
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 13

    Reprints Sandman 13. Cover art by Dave McKean. Men Of Good Fortune, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Michael Zulli, inks by Steve Parkhouse; Morpheus meets with Robert Gadling once every hundred years. Promo for Transmetropolitan. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #14
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 14

    Reprints Sandman 14. Cover art by Dave McKean. Collectors, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; Characters meet each other at a serial killers convention. Lou Stathis 1952 – 1997 obituary by Lou Stathis, art by Ted McKeever. Promo for Menz Insana. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #15
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 15

    Reprints Sandman 15. Cover art by Dave McKean. Into The Night, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; The dream vortex starts to get out of control. Promo for The Dreaming. 36 pgs. $1.95. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #16
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 16

    Reprints Sandman 16. Cover art by Dave McKean. Lost Hearts, script by Neil Gaiman, pencils by Mike Dringenberg, inks by Malcolm Jones III; The dream vortex is resolved. Promo for Destiny: A Chronicle Of Deaths Foretold. Editorial explaining why the story in this issue was re-inked; illustrated with cover reprint for next issue without logos. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #17
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 17

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #17. Dream Country: Part 1 of 4: Calliope - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. The muse Calliope, mother of Morpheus' child, has been held prisoner for over sixty years, forced to be the inspiration for one author after another, who find themselves bereft of ideas without her. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #18
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 18

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #18. Dream Country: Part 2 of 4: A Dream of a Thousand Cats - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. The series of self-contained tales continues in this story of feline revelation, the potency of dreams, and graveyard moonlight. After seeking an audience with the Dream Lord to discover a secret truth, a sole cat stalks the earth on a quest to alter reality and forever change felinekind's station in life. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #19
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 19

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    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #19. Dream Country: Part 3 of 4: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Charles Vess. Cover by Dave McKean. Mediocre playwright Will Shekespear has struck a bargain with the Lord of Dreams to obtain his heart's desire: Achieving immortality through his stories. But as Shekespear's men perform his latest comedy in front of an otherworldly audience invited by Morpheus, the now-gifted playwright discovers that immortality has a steep price. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #20
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 20

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #20. Dream Country: Part 4 of 4: Facade - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Colleen Doran & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. Guest-starring Death. Element Girl has the power to transmute herself into any substance, but cannot return to the flesh-and-blood existence of her past. Desperate to end her freakish existence, she takes the advice of a pale, ankh-wearing stranger who drops by her apartment. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #21
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 21

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #21. Season of Mists: a prologue - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Mike Dringenberg & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. Destiny of the Endless calls a family reunion, giving Desire the chance to needle Dream about his treatment of Nada, the ex-lover he condemned to ten thousand years of torture in Hell. Plus: Promo for Witchcraft: La Terreur. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #22
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 22

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #22. Season of Mists Chapter = 1 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. After the previous issue's prologue, a brooding Morpheus prepares to return to Hell to free his condemned ex-love, Nada. Saying his farewells, he sends Cain as an emissary to alert Lucifer Morningstar to his pending arrival. Meanwhile, Lucifer eagerly awaits Dream's return, planning to make good on his oath to bring about the Dream King's destruction. (Note: This issue features the first appearance of Daniel, the future Sandman.) Plus: Promo for Nevada by Steve Gerber. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #23
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 23

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #23. Season of Mists Chapter = 2 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. Morpheus arrives in Hell prepared to battle Lucifer Morningstar, who has sworn to bring about the Dream King's destruction. Instead, he finds Hell's damned inhabitants -- including his doomed ex-love, Nada -- have been set free by Lucifer, who has decided to quit his job. Plus: Promo for Gangland. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #24
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 24

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #24. Season of Mists Chapter = 3 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & P. Craig Russell. Cover by Dave McKean. Lucifer Morningstar has quit his job as ruler of the damned. Hell has been cleaned out, locked up...and Morpheus has been given the key. Envoys from alternate dimensions and psychic realms converge on the Dreaming, unwanted guests all, leaving an unhappy Dream King to be a most reluctant host. Plus: Obituary for Archie Goodwin by Karen Berger. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #25
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 25

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #25. Season of Mists Chapter = 4 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Matt Wagner & Malcolm Jones III. Cover by Dave McKean. A self-contained interlude introduces Charles Rowland, a British schoolboy who witnesses the earthly consequences of Lucifer's abdication of responsibilities. As the dead begin returning, Charles suddenly finds himself to be the only living student in a school filled with the souls of damned boys anxious to see him join their ranks. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $1.95.

  • Issue #26
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 26

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #26. Season of Mists Chapter = 5 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & George Pratt. Cover by Dave McKean. Demons, gods, fairies and other psychic envoys feast at the Dreaming, all with their eyes on the key to Hell, and each ready to make Morpheus an offer he can't refuse. Caught among threats, blackmail, temptations and duty, the Dream King must choose Lucifer's successor, even as it becomes clear that doing so may further condemn Morpheus' doomed ex-love, Nada. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #27
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 27

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #27. Season of Mists Chapter = 6 - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Kelley Jones & Dick Giordano. Cover by Dave McKean. The burning question of who will rule Hell is finally settled, but the shocking outcome invokes the wrath of one demonic sore loser, Azazel. Renouncing the Dream King's hospitality, Azazel challenges Morpheus to find Nada before he devours her soul, bite by torturous bite. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #28
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 28

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #28. Season of Mists Epilogue (Part 7) - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Mike Dringenberg & George Pratt. Cover by Dave McKean. As Hell's new landlords restore order to the realm, the notoriously proud Dream King faces a challenge of another sort: Apologizing to his ex-love Nada for condemning her to eternal suffering. Elsewhere in the Dreaming, rules of hospitality are invoked as certain guests prove that appearances can be truly deceptive. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #29
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 29

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #29. Distant Mirrors: Part 1 of 3: Thermidor - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Stan Woch & Dick Giordano. Cover by Dave McKean. During the French Reign of Terror, Morpheus enlists Lady Johanna Constantine as his mortal agent in an urgent family matter. Her deadly mission: To recover the still-living head of his son, Orpheus (decapitated long ago in ancient Greece), before the leaders of the 'Age of Reason' destroy it as an object of superstition unfit for enlightened France. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #30
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 30

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #30. Distant Mirrors: Part 2 of 3: August - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Bryan Talbot & Stan Woch. Cover by Dave McKean. In classical Rome, during the late, sultry days of Augustus Caesar, the most powerful man in the empire dons ragged robes and masquerades on the streets as a common beggar for one day out of every year. What drives a man capable of destroying entire civilizations to such madness? Haunted by a dark secret known only to the Prince of Stories -- the Sandman -- the revered emperor destined to be worshipped as a god must come to terms with the disturbingly human man beneath the mantle of power. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #31
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 31

    Reprints Sandman (1989 2nd Series) #31. Distant Mirrors: Part 3 of 3: Three Septembers and a January - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Shawn McManus. Cover by Dave McKean. Despair, Desire and Delirium make a nineteenth-century mortal man their pawn in a game of family intrigue against Dream. Challenged to keep the man out of the three sisters' realms until his death, Morpheus grants one Joshua Abraham Norton the dream of a lifetime: To crown himself Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America. 32 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $2.25.

  • Issue #32
    Essential Vertigo Sandman (1996) 32

    Reprints Sandman Special (1991) #1. The Song of Orpheus - Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Bryan Talbot & Mark Buckingham. Cover by Dave McKean. When Morpheus' son, Orpheus, loses his new wife Eurydice in a tragic accident, he turns to his father for help in reclaiming his love. Finding Morpheus reluctant to intervene, Orpheus forsakes his father and ventures to Hades, with tragic results. This issue also features an 8-page gallery of the Endless, including art by Barry Windsor-Smith, P. Craig Russell, Simon Bisley, Sergio Aragones, Duncan Fegredo, Kent Williams, Tom Canty and Dave McKean. 64 pages, full color. Mature Readers. Cover price $4.50.