The Sandman: King of Dreams is a visually stunning tribute to Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman series. Written by Alisa Kwitney -- who was an assistant editor at DC Comics when Gaiman began redefining the comic book medium -- this insider’s guide includes hundreds of full-color illustrations by dozens of award-winning artists, behind-the-scenes stories, handwritten notes and candid quotes from Gaiman himself, and a detailed history of the Sandman saga from its unassuming beginning in 1987 to its historic place in the literary pantheon 15 years later.
The Sandman, which was the first (and only) comic book to win the prestigious World Fantasy Award, not only spawned a virtual subgenre of copycat graphic novels but also created one of the most diverse and zealous fan bases in the entire publishing industry. For anyone who has ever read one of the ten volumes of The Sandman, Gaiman’s surreal characters are ingrained in the subconscious: the Sandman and his six godlike Endless siblings; the Corinthian, an escaped dream with razor-toothed eyes; Hob Gadling, the Sandman’s unlikely friend; Matthew the Raven; and his enigmatic sister Death, to name but a few.
This lavishly illustrated tribute is a guaranteed instant treasure for any follower of the Sandman saga and a great introduction for those comic and fantasy fans that have yet to experience Gaiman’s dark and disturbing Dreaming universe -- a strikingly beautiful and insightful look into the complex, haunted character that is the Sandman. Paul Goat Allen