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    Adventure Comics (1939) 
Adventure Comics #40 (dated July 1939) is said to be the first story of the Golden Age Sandman (Wesley Dodds), although he first appeared in print in World's Fair Comics #1. He was created by artist Bert Christman and writer Gardner Fox. He continued to appear in Adventure Comics until his series ended in issue #102 (March 1945), with appearances in both issues of World's Fair Comics, and a semi-regular feature in World's Finest Comics.

The Sandman started as a pulp hero wearing a suit, cape, fedora and custom gas mask, and wielding a "gas gun" which put criminals to sleep. A number of issues in he gained a girlfriend and partner in crimefighting in the form of Dian Belmont, former safecracker and daughter of the District Attorney. In Adventure Comics #69 (December 1941), he was given a more traditional superhero costume that was yellow and purple and a sidekick called "Sandy the Golden Boy" (who later became the superhero Sand and joined the Justice Society of America). Later in 1941, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby took over the comic.

In Gaiman's Sandman, it was stated that Wesley Dodds was inspired to fight crime after dreaming about the imprisoned Dream.

Stories of the Wesley Dodds' Sandman were later told in Sandman Mystery Theatre.

    The Sandman (1974) 
A six issue series created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby about "immortal hero" the Sandman (Garrett Sanford) who patrolled the "Dream Stream" (later "Dream Dimension") with the help of two living nightmares "Brute and Glob." The first issue was written by Simon, but later issues were written by Michael Fleisher.

In Infinity, Inc., it was explained that Garrett Sanford went insane from loneliness and there was a new Sandman, Hector Hall (formerly Silver Scarab, son of Carter Hall).

The entire series (and Hector Hall as the Sandman) was later folded into Gaiman's Sandman series by making it a separate realm that Brute and Glob created to escape the Dreaming and Dream's attention.


    Sandman (1989) 
The one most people remember, written entirely by Neil Gaiman with covers by Dave McKean. It lasted for a total of 75 issues. The comic alternated between story arcs and standalone issues.

Preludes & Nocturnes (also called More Than Rubies or Master of Dreams)

  • 1. Sleep of the Just
  • 2. Imperfect Hosts
  • 3. ...Dream A Little Dream of Me
  • 4. A Hope in Hell
  • 5. Passengers
  • 6. 24 Hours
  • 7. Sound and Fury
  • 8. The Sound of Her Wings

The Doll's House

  • 9. Tales in the Sand
  • 10. The Doll's House
  • 11. Moving In
  • 12. Playing House
  • 13. Men of Good Fortune
  • 14. Collectors
  • 15. Into The Night
  • 16. Lost Hearts

Dream Country

  • 17. Calliope
  • 18. A Dream of a Thousand Cats
  • 19. A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • 20. Facade

Season of Mists

  • 21. A Prologue
  • 22. Chapter 1
  • 23. Chapter 2
  • 24. Chapter 3
  • 25. Chapter 4
  • 26. Chapter 5
  • 27. Chapter 6
  • 28. Epilogue

Distant Mirrors (put in the collection Fables and Reflections)

  • 29. Thermidor
  • 30. August
  • 31. Three Septembers And A January
  • The Sandman Special. The Song of Orpheus

A Game of You

  • 32. Slaughter On Fifth Avenue
  • 33. Lullabies of Broadway
  • 34. Bad Moon Rising
  • 35. Beginning to See the Light
  • 36. Over The Sea to Sky
  • 37. I Woke Up and One of Us Was Crying

Convergences (put in the collection Fables and Reflections)

  • 38. The Hunt
  • 39. Soft Places
  • 40. The Parliament of Rooks

Brief Lives

  • 41. Brief Lives One
  • 42. Brief Lives Two
  • 43. Brief Lives Three
  • 44. Brief Lives Four
  • 45. Brief Lives Five
  • 46. Brief Lives Six
  • 47. Brief Lives Seven
  • 48. Brief Lives Eight
  • 49. Brief Lives Nine

Distant Mirrors (put in the collection Fables and Reflections)

  • 50. Ramadan

Worlds' End

  • 51. A Tale of Two Cities
  • 52. Cluracan's Tale
  • 53. Hob's Leviathan
  • 54. The Golden Boy
  • 55. Cerements
  • 56. Worlds' End

The Kindly Ones

  • 57. The Kindly Ones, Part 1
  • 58. The Kindly Ones, Part 2
  • 59. The Kindly Ones, Part 3
  • 60. The Kindly Ones, Part 4
  • 61. The Kindly Ones, Part 5
  • 62. The Kindly Ones, Part 6
  • 63. The Kindly Ones, Part 7
  • 64. The Kindly Ones, Part 8
  • 65. The Kindly Ones, Part 9
  • 66. The Kindly Ones, Part 10
  • 67. The Kindly Ones, Part 11
  • 68. The Kindly Ones, Part 12
  • 69. The Kindly Ones, Part 13

The Wake

  • 70. Which Occurs In The Wake Of What Has Gone Before
  • 71. In Which A Wake Is Held
  • 72. In Which We Wake
  • 73. The Wake - An Epilogue: Sunday Mourning
  • 74. Exiles
  • 75. The Tempest

     The Books of Magic (1991) 
A four-issue spin-off mini-series written by Neil Gaiman that functioned as a "tour" of the DC magical universe and featured several Sandman characters in supporting roles, introducing the boy Tim Hunter who had the potential to become the greatest magician of his time. It was followed up by a 75-issue ongoing series written by John Ney Reiber and Peter Gross, which got several spin-offs and sequels on its own.

    Death: The High Cost of Living (1993) 
A three issue spin-off mini-series written by Neil Gaiman and penciled by Chris Bachalo about Death's one day as a mortal.

    Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993) 
A series created by Matt Wagner and Guy Davis about the Golden Age Sandman, Wesley Dodds, during the late 1930s. Had more of a noir feel to it, with most of the villains being non-superpowered criminals and crooks. Lasted for 70 issues and one annual.

    Sandman Midnight Theatre (1994) 
A crossover between Gaiman's Sandman series and Matt Wagner's Sandman Mystery Theatre co-written by Gaiman and Wagner.


    Death: The Time of Your Life (1996) 
A three issue spin-off mini-series written by Neil Gaiman and penciled by Chris Bachalo featuring several minor characters from the Sandman as well as Death.

    The Dreaming (1996) 
A spin-off of Gaiman's Sandman that lasted 60 issues. Most of the stories concerned the inhabitants of the Dreaming. The issues were written by a number of authors including Terry LaBan, Alisa Kwitney, Bryan Talbot, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and Peter Hogan, and illustrated by a number of different artists. Declared non-canon by Gaiman.

    The Sandman Presents (1999-2004) 
A series of mini-series and one-shots all under the label "The Sandman Presents."
  • The Sandman Presents: Lucifer (1999). Three issues that later spun off into a long running series simply called Lucifer, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Scott Hampton.
  • The Sandman Presents: Love Street (1999). Three issues written by Peter Hogan, drawn by Michael Zulli.
  • The Sandman Presents: Petrefax (2000). Four issues written by Mike Carey, drawn by Steve Leialoha.
  • The Sandman Presents: Deadboy Detectives (2001). Four issues written by Ed Brubaker, drawn by Bryan Talbot.
  • The Sandman Presents: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dreams...But Were Afraid to Ask (2001). One shot written by Bill Willingham.
  • The Sandman Presents: The Corinthian (2001). Three issues written by Darko Macan and drawn by Danijjel Zezelj.
  • The Sandman Presents: The Furies (2002). One 92-page graphic novel written by Mike Carey and painted by John Bolton.
  • The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad (2002). Four issues written by Bill Willingham, drawn by Shawn McManus. One spin-off in Thessaly: Witch for Hire.
  • The Sandman Presents: Bast (2003). Three issues written by Caitlin R. Kiernan, drawn by Joe Bennet.
  • The Sandman Presents: Thessaly: Witch for Hire (2004). Four issues written by Bill Willingham, drawn by Shawn McManus.

    The Sandman: Endless Nights (2003) 
A graphic novel with seven short stories, each about a different member of the Endless. Written by Neil Gaiman, with different artists for each story.

  • 1. Death - Death and Venice
  • 2. Desire - What I've Tasted of Desire
  • 3. Dream - The Heart of a Star
  • 4. Despair - Fifteen Portraits of Despair
  • 5. Delirium - Going Inside
  • 6. Destruction - On the Peninsula
  • 7. Destiny - Endless Nights

    Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason (2007) 
A six issue series written by John Ney Rieber and drawn by Eric Nguyen. Doesn't involve Wesley Dodds, but rather a current person who takes on the name "the Sandman."


    The Sandman: The Dream Hunters (2009) 
A four issue series by P. Craig Russell, adapting a novella about Dream in ancient Japan written by Neil Gaiman with art by Yoshitaka Amano.

    The Sandman: Overture (2013) 
A six issue mini-series that acts as a prequel to Gaiman's Sandman. It details what happened to Dream just before he was captured. Written by Neil Gaiman, drawn by J. H. Williams III.

    Sandman Universe 
The label for a series of spin-offs that started in 2018, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1988 series. The series are all overseen by Gaiman, but written by new creative teams.
  • The Sandman Universe: A one-shot prelude to the first four ongoing titles, The Dreaming, Books of Magic, Lucifer and House of Whispers.''
  • The Dreaming: 20 issues, written by Simon Spurrier and drawn by Bilquis Evely.
  • Books of Magic: 23 issues, written by Kat Howard and drawn by Tom Fowler.
  • Lucifer: 24 issues, written by Dan Watters and drawn by Max and Sebastian Fiumara.
  • House of Whispers: 22 issues, written by Nalo Hopkinson and drawn by Dominike Stanton.
  • The Sandman Universe Presents: Hellblazer: One-shot, written by Simon Spurrier and drawn by Marcio Takara.
  • John Constantine, Hellblazer: Ongoing, written by Simon Spurrier and drawn by Aaron Campbell.
  • The Dreaming: Waking Hours: Limited series, written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Nick Robles.


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