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.
Comic-book publishers have grown expert at collecting individual issues of a title as graphic novels and later rereleasing those collections with hitherto unpublished sequences, further artwork, and other "bonus" material to entice buffs to purchase the same book twice and thrice. DC Comics brings the game to a new level with the Absolute series of oversized, slipcased, hardcover volumes of landmark titles. Neil Gaiman revived the name of an early comic-book superhero only to give it to a protagonist whose utter difference, and that of the cohort of relatives who took the spotlight whenever he--the Sandman--absented it, refreshed mainstream comics even more than Frank Miller''s overhauled Batman had a few years earlier. The Sandman and his siblings are embodiments of the dark forces of nature----death, destiny, and other dismaying elementals. They play out their adventures mostly in contemporary settings that have been completely recolored for the first of four Absolute volumes that will re-present them all.
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Neil Gaiman is the
New York Times bestselling author of the Newbery Medal-winning
The Graveyard Book and
Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include
Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods, and
Stardust, (winner of the American Library Association''s Alex Award as one of 2000''s top novels for young adults) as well as the short story collections
M Is for Magic and
Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of
The Wolves in the Walls and
The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy, and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.
Sam Kieth was born in 1963 and started his professional career when he was seventeen. Later on he sold some work to DC Comics and Marvel, where he illustrated Wolverine. In 1987 Kieth drew the first five issues of Neil Gaiman''s
The Sandman and went on to create his own comic series called
The Maxx, which was published by Image comics from 1993 until 1998. The success of the series spawned an award-winning cartoon on MTV, trading cards, a toy, and even some statues. This work is currently in print as graphic novels from DC''s WildStorm imprint. Keith''s recent work includes
Wolverine/Hulk for Marvel Comics and
Batman: Secrets and
Scratch for DC Comics. He has also created several other creator-owned properties that have been published by WildStorm including
Epicurus The Sage and