Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with decades of comics behind, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in comics in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at The Sandman, DC/Vertigo's best-selling literary fantasy series. Created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike DringenbergSandman went on to become a tentpole title for DC's emergent mature readers imprint and to garner numerous awards, and in fact to become one of the best known and most influential comics of all time. This video takes a look at the series and the character that gives the book its name, from the various men to be called the Sandman to the book's wide and ranging legacy.

Show notes:

  • Sandman starts here, with Preludes and Nocturnes. If you'd rather buy it in a bigger, nicer chunk, start with the volume 1 omnibus. If you'd rather read it with annotations, great news.
  • A collection of Death-centric stories, including her two mini-series can be found here.
  • The comics adaptation of Dream Hunters is here.
  • The Endless Nights anthology is here.
  • The recent prequel with beautiful art by JH Williams III, Overture, is available here.

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next.