Covering THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE #1

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?

Inspiration Behind THE SANDMAN: OVERTURE

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?

Held Captive by The Sandman

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.

Which Character from THE SANDMAN Do You Most Associate With?

Welcome back to the 25 Days of Sandman! All week we’ve been sharing stories and moments from the artists that brought the world of The Endless to visual reality.

The final question we asked them was “Which Character from THE SANDMAN Do You Most Associate With?”

Check out what they have to say below. The answers are not all what you’d expect! Of course, Morpheus is the rock star of THE SANDMAN, but many other characters have seeped into the hearts of many.

My Favorite Remembrance of THE SANDMAN

Welcome back to the 25 Days of Sandman! Today many of the artists who worked on THE SANDMAN reflect on their favorite memory working on this literary masterpiece. From endless nights of work to the use of the low-tech communication available at the time, these stories show the humor, the joy they experienced, and the admiration they all have for each other.

We’ll see you back here tomorrow with more from your favorite SANDMAN artists!

My Favorite Panel of THE SANDMAN

Yesterday, some of the artists who worked on THE SANDMAN shared their first memory of THE SANDMAN. In today’s installment of the 25 Days of Sandman we asked the artists to share their favorite panel from this monumental series and to describe what it means to them. Some chose their own art while others spoke reverently of their peers.

Take a look at the gallery above and match the artwork with the description from the artist.

My First Memory of THE SANDMAN

Remember the first time you entered the world of The Endless?  Whether you were there from the beginning with THE SANDMAN #1 or you joined at some point in the last twenty-five years, every fan can recall their first memory of THE SANDMAN.

With this installment of the 25 Days of Sandman, we asked many of the artists that have helped bring Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN to life to share their first memories on the job.

The Little Endless

Do you know a Little Delirium or a Little Destruction? If so, it’s time to break out THE LITTLE ENDLESS STORYBOOK and DELIRIUM’S PARTY: A Little Endless Storybook by Jill Thompson.

Multiple Eisner award-winning writer/artist Jill Thompson’s all ages storybooks feature the diminutive versions of The Endless, (siblings Delirium, Despair, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Destiny and Death) from Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN mythos. Each is brought to life through her fanciful prose and vibrant watercolors.

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