Making its debut on November 29, 1988, author Neil Gaiman's The Sandman ran for seventy-five issues, and by its conclusion in 1996, it had sucked in several audiences that typically didn't read comics, including academics, bibliophiles, and even comics' hardest get; women. What is it about The Sandman that makes it such a crossover success?
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Back in 2008 (seven years ago, if you can believe it), Neil Gaiman expressed interest in developing a Doctor Strange movie with Guillermo del Toro. As far as we knew, that idea never really materialized, Marvel was never made aware of it, and it was eventually forgotten. But according to Gaiman, perhaps that isn’t entirely true — perhaps Marvel passed on their idea.
Right now, Comixology is offering a big sale themed around DC's various TV projects, and with the impending return of Gotham and its story of a ten year-old billionaire destined to beat up a bunch of senior citizens, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that Gotham Central is right there, front and center. And yes, obviously you should get that if you don't have it already, because while it was coming out, it was literally the best Batman title of the decade.
But here's the thing: We talk about Gotham Central on this site all the time. I have literally already written a column about how great it is this week, so if you haven't checked it out by now, then it's not for lack of recommendations. If, however, you dig a little deeper into the sale, you're going to find some under-appreciated gems that don't get quite as much press despite being truly fantastic comics --- and by that, I mostly mean Green Arrow: Year One.
James Jean's celebrated run as one of Vertigo's most accomplished cover artists on Fables began six years after Vertigo's other big mythology-and-fiction epic ended, meaning that we never got to see a James Jean cover on a Sandman comic. Now, we didn't exactly miss out --- Dave McKean's Sandman covers are rightly just as highly regarded as Jean's Fables covers --- but it's tempting to wonder what a James Jean run on writer Neil Gaiman's magnum opus might have looked like.
The complicated history of Miracleman reaches its long-delayed resolution in September with the launch of Miracleman #1, by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham. The issue kicks off Gaiman and Buckinham's 'Golden Age' storyline, remastered from the original artwork with colors by D'Israeli and lettering by Todd Klein. Later issues will continue and complete the 'Silver Age' and 'Dark Age' storylines. The first issue also features covers from Joe Quesada, Simone Bianchi, and a jam cover from Miracleman veterans Garry Leach, Jon Totleben, Alan Davis and Rick Veitch.
AfterShock Comics, the new publisher formed earlier this year by Joe Pruett, has announced a huge slate of writers who'll be penning creator-owned stories for their eventual launch line - including Justin Jordan, Garth Ennis, Marguerite Bennett and Amanda Conner.
Starz’s American Gods adaptation has proven equal parts exciting for finally escaping development hell, and troubling by Bryan Fuller’s diminished focus on Hannibal. The balance may have shifted back to excitement however, as Fuller reveals that American Gods author Neil Gaiman himself will pen a few episodes.
It’s been almost a year since we’ve heard anything from the front of Starz’s take on Neil Gaiman novel American Gods, but like the deities themselves, a formal greenlight simply lay in wait. Now, Starz has confirmed that American Gods will officially move forward, as Gaiman and writer Bryan Fuller move onto casting Shadow Moon.
Neil Gaiman’s Sandman is one of the great fantasy epics of all time and it’s almost impossible to imagine a film adaptation capturing what makes it so special. A 75-issue comic book series has the time and space to explore obscure nooks and crannies of its world and break into tangents that comment on the greater whole. It’s not a typical story of heroes and villains and there is almost no traditional action. That’s why Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is producing, directing and possibly starring in the film version, has his work cut out for him. At least he’s currently saying the right things.
The things about The Sandman that I recall the most fondly aren't what most others think of. In my experience, an overwhelming percentage of readers are quick to talk about the characters, or the strength of writer Neil Gaiman's voice. I definitely can't argue against either of those, but what I really appreciated about The Sandman was Gaiman and his artists' ingeniously subtle tricks with symbolism and structure. The big points were always echoed in some very clever ways that never disrupted the natural flow of the story to point out how ornate the plot actually was.
Gaiman and J.H. Williams III have managed to condense pretty much all the major themes of the seventy-five issue run of The Sandman into The Sandman: Overture.