m's sandman


Set Type: Sandman (1989)
Owner: mschmidt
Last Modified: 2/23/2012
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Set Description

Neil Gaiman's Sandman series ran for just 75 issues from 1989 to 1996, but left a lasting impression on not just me, but the world of comic books in general.

Even though the torch had already been lit with such modern-day classics as Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, and Alan Moore's wondrous Watchmen & Miracleman, it wasn't until Neil Gaiman was given the go-ahead from DC to revive & re-invent Kirby's 1970 Sandman-series that the comic book as a medium finally outgrew it's child-friendly image & showed the world that not everything had to be about spandex-clad superheroes fighting for truth, justice & the American way.

The Sandman was not an easy read - it twisted & turned & dumped everything on its head when you least expected it - the characters were morally ambiguous, neither black nor white but residing somewhere in between - and Gaiman's prose was sometimes overwhelmingly intellectual, filled with long-lost myths, obscure literary references and a British verbosity that couldn't be further from "hulk smash".

But the Sandman was also an incredibly rewarding read - it was obvious that Gaiman very early on planned out the entire series, and even though the road to issue #75 never seemed straight-forward, his skill as a writer made sure that even when you might be tempted to stray from the yellow brick road, he was always there to guide you back onto the path.

As a graphic designer, I'm still awestruck every time I look at Dave McKean's magical covers - as a literature student, I can't help but marvel at the intricate world that Gaiman's words have created - and as a comic book geek this set is my tribute to one of the finest comic book series ever created.

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This set is now complete - huzzah!

My personal favorites in this set include:
- the #1-4 all signed by Neil Gaiman
- double-signed copies of #8 and the #19 Error Variant
- the lone CGC 9.8 copy of the #18 Error Variant
- the #34 signed by the late Dick Giordano (and Colleen Doran)
- double-signed copies of most of the issues in the Jill Thompson/Vince Locke "Brief Lives" run
- the #50 and #56 beautifully sketched by Tony Harris
- the #50 Platinum Edition signed & sketched by Neil Gaiman


comic_best_copper_age Best in Age
Slot DescriptionThe Comics Registry IDComic GradeScore Updated
Sandman 1 3124877003 9.8 352 12/24/2008
Sandman Special 1 1025633002 9.8 44 1/11/2011
Sandman 2 3124877004 9.8 154 12/24/2008
Sandman 3 3124877005 9.8 132 12/24/2008
Sandman 4 0968901015 9.8 132 2/11/2010
Sandman 5 0809574003 9.8 120 3/10/2009
Sandman 6 0151271016 9.8 80 3/10/2009
Sandman 7 0902145009 9.8 80 3/10/2009
Sandman 8 0955401001 9.8 198 3/10/2009
Sandman 8 Editorial Variant 0615648001 9.6 300 9/6/2010
Sandman 9 0944864002 9.8 83 7/7/2009
Sandman 10 0907940010 9.8 75 11/9/2009
Sandman 11 0991475005 9.8 83 12/13/2011
Sandman 12 0750617024 9.8 75 3/4/2009
Sandman 13 0169045009 9.8 83 9/14/2010
Sandman 14 0615591001 9.8 75 8/17/2009
Sandman 15 0150824006 9.8 50 3/9/2009
Sandman 16 0066328012 9.8 50 3/9/2009
Sandman 17 0170490003 9.8 55 12/4/2010
Sandman 18 0954693014 9.8 50 12/4/2010
Sandman 18 Error Version 0993695002 9.8 75 1/24/2011
Sandman 19 0962980012 9.8 55 8/19/2009
Sandman 19 Error Version 0970918002 9.8 220 8/19/2009
Sandman 20 0935521006 9.8 50 4/11/2010
Sandman 21 0809848007 9.8 50 3/10/2009
Sandman 22 0170490004 9.8 110 12/4/2010
Sandman 23 1017089001 9.8 55 2/24/2011
Sandman 24 0932443024 9.8 50 11/30/2009
Sandman 25 0170281004 9.8 55 10/19/2010
Sandman 26 0942345018 9.8 50 5/26/2009
Sandman 27 1017089002 9.8 55 2/24/2011
Sandman 28 0090046007 9.8 40 3/10/2009
Sandman 29 0145101020 9.8 40 5/26/2009
Sandman 30 0942345027 9.8 40 5/26/2009
Sandman 31 0942345029 9.8 40 5/26/2009
Sandman 32 0145101022 9.8 35 3/11/2009
Sandman 33 0900007017 9.8 35 3/11/2009
Sandman 34 0985767007 9.8 44 6/15/2010
Sandman 35 0932443029 9.8 40 10/5/2009
Sandman 36 0932443030 9.8 40 2/11/2010
Sandman 37 0615615011 9.8 40 7/2/2010
Sandman 38 1023238003 9.8 44 6/2/2010
Sandman 39 0079000011 9.8 35 6/9/2010
Sandman 40 1007214008 9.8 44 6/2/2010
Sandman 41 0935521007 9.8 35 4/19/2010
Sandman 42 1007214007 9.8 39 6/2/2010
Sandman 43 1007214001 9.8 39 6/2/2010
Sandman 44 1062556002 9.8 39 8/20/2011
Sandman 45 1007214002 9.8 44 6/2/2010
Sandman 46 1007203007 9.8 39 7/15/2010
Sandman 47 1021764005 9.8 39 5/17/2011
Sandman 48 1007214004 9.8 39 6/2/2010
Sandman 49 0995734001 9.8 39 8/17/2009
Sandman 50 1007214011 9.8 44 6/2/2010
Sandman 50 Platinum Edition 3124877006 9.8 220 8/22/2009
Sandman 51 0150806011 9.8 40 6/9/2010
Sandman 52 0932579004 9.8 40 2/23/2012
Sandman 53 0169045005 9.8 39 9/14/2010
Sandman 54 0170281005 9.8 39 10/19/2010
Sandman 55 0050087014 9.8 44 6/9/2010
Sandman 56 1007214013 9.8 44 6/2/2010
Sandman 57 0170281007 9.8 39 10/19/2010
Sandman 58 1061596001 9.8 44 12/6/2011
Sandman 59 0809847015 9.8 40 6/9/2010
Sandman 60 1061596002 9.8 39 12/6/2011
Sandman 61 0968161005 9.8 35 7/2/2010
Sandman 62 0900008007 9.8 40 6/9/2010
Sandman 63 1017089004 9.8 44 2/24/2011
Sandman 64 0615559011 9.8 40 8/17/2009
Sandman 65 0809847012 9.8 40 6/9/2010
Sandman 66 1061596003 9.8 44 12/6/2011
Sandman 67 1061596004 9.8 39 12/6/2011
Sandman 68 1061596005 9.8 39 12/6/2011
Sandman 69 1061594010 9.8 39 1/12/2012
Sandman 70 0169045004 9.8 39 9/14/2010
Sandman 71 0169045007 9.8 39 9/14/2010
Sandman 72 0169045008 9.8 39 9/14/2010
Sandman 73 0169045002 9.8 39 9/14/2010
Sandman 74 0145102021 9.8 35 4/15/2010
Sandman 75 0900008013 9.8 40 4/15/2010
Absolute Sandman Special Edition 1 0141655002 9.8 40 3/4/2009
Sandman: Endless Nights Preview nn 0050087004 9.8 44 9/14/2010
Sandman: Endless Nights Special nn 0794895001 9.8 44 9/14/2010

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