This morning, Neil Gaiman spoke with Steve Inskeep on NPR’s Morning Edition about the 25th Anniversary of The Sandman and the debut of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE. They discussed the ambitiousness of The Sandman series, the process of creating a comic book, whether Gaiman is the Sandman and more.
Trick or Treat?
It's Halloween and the Maniac Pumpkin Carvers created this incredible pumpkin featuring THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE cover art by Dave McKean.
Check out the glowing Morpheus in the gallery above and have spooktacular day!
Twenty-five years ago THE SANDMAN entered our dreams.
The New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman returns to the world of The Endless with a new story – THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE, with the first installment of the six-issue series hitting stores and available digitally today. The comic marks Gaiman’s first Sandman story in 10 years.
This morning, BUZZFEED posted the first five pages of the highly anticipated debut of THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE by New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman and artist J.H. Williams III.
Head on over to BUZZFEED to read it and get ready to pick up a copy of issue #1 when it lands in stores tomorrow or check it out digitally.
As you know by now, THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 arrives this Wednesday, October 30th. This incredible first issue is wrapped in gorgeous covers:
The A cover by series artist J.H. Williams III
The B cover by original series cover artist Dave McKean
The silver variant cover of the B cover
The black and white variant cover with red jewel with art by J.H. Williams III
The combo pack cover variant of the A cover
And the CBLDF variant cover with art by Jim Lee
See them in the gallery above. Which issue(s) are you going to pick up?
Morpheus’ first appearance in THE SANDMAN #1 was that of an exhausted man, caught in a magical circle. The year was 1916. In trying to capture Death, Roderick Burgess performed a ritual and chanted in the darkness “Coin and Song, Knife and Stick… Claw and Name, Blood and Feather,” capturing none other than: The Dream King.
But how did Morpheus - one of the most powerful of The Endless - come to be so weak, so broken, that he succumbed to a spell and was held captive for 70 years?
Earlier this month we gave you an early look at our upcoming The Sandman: Overture Statue as part of Vertigo’s “25 Days of Sandman.” Produced by DC Collectibles and due in 2014, the statue is based off of the art of J.H. Williams III and is sculpted by Dave Cortes.
It’s no secret that among many other things, “DC All Access” co-host Tiffany Smith is a really big fan of The Sandman. Knowing this, we thought it would be fun to invite Tiffany to contribute to 25 Days of Sandman. We gave her a blank slate, encouraging her to write about whatever part of The Sandman canon she would like.
In less than two weeks, legendary writer Neil Gaiman returns to THE SANDMAN, the series that changed the landscape of modern comics twenty-five years ago.
THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1 is the first chapter of a 6-issue limited, bimonthly series that explores (amongst much more) just what happened to Morpheus before he was captured in THE SANDMAN #1. Illustrated by J.H. Williams III, this highly anticipated inaugural issue lands in stores on October 30.