The Sandman (Vertigo)

Sandman (OT: The Sandman ) is a comic book series by Neil Gaiman, the whole forming a more than 2,000 -page graphic novel. The individual episodes of the series was published 1988-1996 by DC Comics in New York and from 1993 at the DC imprint Vertigo in 75 monthly episodes, which were later combined to ten volumes of content enclosed.


The protagonist of Sandman is Dream ( Dream ), also Morpheus, Oneiros, Dream Weaver (English: Dreamweaver ): called or Lord L' zoril, Lord Creator (Lord Shaper german). As ruler of the dream realm ( engl. The Dreaming ) he is the "Lord of what is not, never was and never will be ." He and his siblings Destiny (Fate ), Death (Death ), Destruction ( destruction), Desire ( Desire ), Despair ( Despair ) and delirium ( delirium ) are the seven Eternal (English: The Endless ), which originated with the universe and are unlike gods do not need believers to exist.

In a convoluted, but in itself stringent Gaiman story describes the consequences that arise from the capture Dreams by an English occultist in the early 20th century and its liberation. The action takes place in parallel in time to the appearance of the graphic novels, but also contains numerous flashbacks to ancient, medieval and early modern times. Gaiman himself summed up the plot of the series as follows: " The Lord of Dreams learns one must change or die did, and makes his decision. " ( German: "The Lord of Dreams learns that one must change or die, and he meets its decision. " )

It is typical of the series that many mythological and historical characters are involved in the action, for example Lucifer, Orpheus, the Eumenides, Odin, Loki, and William Shakespeare. In addition, some characters from the DC universe occur, such as the Martian Manhunter. Again and again indicated Gaiman attention to mythological, historical and literary sources. For example, the garden, wandering in the Destiny, an allusion to Jorge Luis Borges ' story "The Garden of the paths which branch ", while the contents of the library in Dreams lock on Borges ' short story makes you think " The Library of Babel ", also appeared in the short story collection fictions, the original work of magic realism.

Graphically, the 75 episodes of the series are extremely varied, since multiple signatories in their own style of working on it. The graphic style was based on the requirements of the particular history, not of marketable recognition mechanisms.

Success and publication

Gaiman received for the Sandman series numerous awards, including multiple Eisner Award for outstanding achievements in the comic field. Issue number 19, a paraphrase of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream became the first and so far only Comic World Fantasy Award for short stories. Norman Mailer called the Sandman a " comic book for intellectuals. And it 's about time. " Sandman is mainly in the Anglo-American and extremely popular due to the high sales figures one of the few comics that have made it to the bestseller list of the New York Times.

The success of the series remained in Germany far behind. The Ehapa Comic Collection stopped publishing the series after about two-thirds of the original material was published, but this partly distributed in non- chronological order and a total of nine German volumes. These nine volumes match the content of the first 49 editions book and the Sandman Special " Orpheus " or roughly the first seven American book editions. In addition, both " Death" mini-series and the " Sandman Mystery Theatre" crossover at Feest Comics that Neil Gaiman had participated as a co -author published.

The Speed ​​/ Tilsner -Verlag led the series with the missing material to the end and published the first of the two " Death" mini-series again. He has also published in two sets of three specials " Sandman" short comics by Gaiman.

Since the first quarter of 2007, a uniform Sandman Edition is based on the American book editions, in a new digital coloring and partly new translation Panini Comics.


The main strand of the Sandman series consists of the following volumes:

Accompanying volumes

The main works are accompanied by other books, all of which are also from Gaiman:

Related books and series

Dreamland (OT: The Dreaming ) is a series set in the Sandman universe, but is none of the Eternal. It was created by different narrators and artists. Caitlin R. Kiernan wrote most of the scripts in this series.

Lucifer is a series in which the hero Lucifer is represented in the same way as in the Sandman stories.

There is also a series of issues in the manga style, with Death, with Death: At Death 's Door began. This series came from Jill Thompson, and was a side story to the time of the fog.

Two prose books about Sandman were published by Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion is a non-fiction work that provides much information about the series. The first part discusses the ten Sandman volumes sequentially, analyzes their meaning, explains many of Gaiman's countless citations, references and motifs and provides background information on the origin of the Sandman. It also contains a long interview with Gaiman himself

The cover of the series are in the band Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers collected in 1998. The products designed by Dave McKean title of each episode so use different techniques such as painting, sculpture, photography, drawing and image editing with the computer.

The Sandman Book of Dreams is a edited by Gaiman and Ed Kramer collection of short stories, which have the Sandman universe, in one way or another on the subject. It contains work by, among others, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Tad Williams ( published in German as the writer child), Gene Wolfe, Tori Amos ( a long-time friend Gaiman ) and Colin Greenland, as well as the ( short stories ) debut from Susanna Clarke.