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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?

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.

Now we ask you, the fans, to share which character from The Sandman you most associate with in the comments below.


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.

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.


Each character in THE SANDMAN has his or her own unique voice, and over the course of the series they’ve said some profound things. In this installment of 25 Days of Sandman, we’re bringing you some memorable lines—some words of sage advice and some of insight—right from the lips of your favorite characters. Do you have favorite line from THE SANDMAN? Post it in the comments below with who said it!

Annotating Sandman

Need to know everything about THE SANDMAN? Well, with THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN you can. In this installment of the 25 Days of Sandman, we’re taking a look at THE ANNOTATED SANDMAN. These gorgeous volumes feature commentary, historical and contemporary references, hidden meanings and more about the series that has become a worldwide sensation and that helped launch Neil Gaiman’s career.


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