The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1
  • The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1
  • The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1
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The Absolute Sandman, Volume 1

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by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Charles Vess, Colleen Doran
     
 

Written by Neil Gaiman, art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, cover by Dave McKean.

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

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Written by Neil Gaiman, art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli, Steve Parkhouse, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess and Colleen Doran, cover by Dave McKean.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Dave Itzkoff
As a new collection, The Absolute Sandman: Volume One, demonstrates, many of the stylistic elements that would define Gaiman�s later fiction were well under his command two decades ago. In the first 20 issues of the series collected in this lavish hardcover edition, one can already see an author with a voracious appetite for literature and an accompanying taste for the occult, prone to frequent references to high and low culture, capable of rendering truly brutal acts of sadism, and fond of cats.
— The New York Times
Library Journal

In 1988, Gaiman began writing the series that was to make him a star in the fields of comics and fantasy: The Sandman. This first lavish (and heavy) oversized hardcover of four planned volumes reprints the first 20 issues, which were previously collected in trade paperback (Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country). With artwork by cocreators Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, plus Colleen Doran, Charles Vess, and others, and improved coloring in the first 18 issues, this features the first appearances of Dream as he escapes after 70 years of captivity and moves to regain his power and dream kingdom. Also included is the World Fantasy Award-winning "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a tale of Shakespeare and the faery folk; the complete script and pencils form part of the 78-page appendix. Filled with wonder and strangeness, this dark fantasy for older teens and adults is one of the most celebrated comic series. Essential for every library, this "Absolute" edition is absolutely its best presentation yet.
—Steve Raiteri

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781401210823
Publisher:
DC Comics
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Absolute Sandman Series, #1
Edition description:
Slipcase
Pages:
612
Sales rank:
301,043
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 15.60(h) x 2.30(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

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