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The Sandman Cover Art

The Sandman Cover Art

The Sandman: Overture's release into sumptuous hardback is fast approaching, so we thought a chronology of the series' front covers would be apt

Posted on 20th October 2015 by Sally Campbell

A captivating, spectral and delightfully warped series, The Sandman by Neil Gaiman has a tendency to creep into your dreams. What helps it to remain fixed there is its beautiful and hallucinatory artwork.

With only four weeks to go before The Sandman: Overture is released in a deluxe hardback edition (coinciding with the 25th anniversary of The Sandman's original release) we decided to do a rundown of the series' cover art.

Side by side, they make for hypnotic viewing - you feel yourself falling into each one...

And, if they were Rorschach tests, I wonder, in each, what do you see?

1. Preludes and Nocturnes






2.The Doll's House




3. Dream Country




4. Season of Mists








5.  A Game of You






6. Fables and Reflections




7.Brief Lives






8. Worlds' End





9. The Kindly Ones





10. The Wake






Gaiman says on his own website this one is "off to one side":
11. The Dream Hunters



The 2003 follow-up novella - likewise "off to one side"
12. Endless Nights
And lastly...drumroll please...

13. The Sandman: Overture







I don't know about anyone else, but Overture is without doubt my favourite. 

The Sandman: Overture is a six issue miniseries prequel to the classic ongoing series - written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III - pre-order your copy now.

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Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes Volume 01 (Paperback)

Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes Volume 01 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg




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"New York Times"-bestselling author Gaiman's transcendent series, Sandman, offers an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore, and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.

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Sandman: Brief Lives Volume 7 (Paperback)

Sandman: Brief Lives Volume 7 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

Originally published in single magazine form as The Sandman 41-49.

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Sandman: The Kindly Ones Volume 9 (Paperback)

Sandman: The Kindly Ones Volume 9 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman

"Originally published in single magazine form as The Sandman 57-69 and Vertigo jam 1"--Colophon.

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Sandman: The Wake Volume 10 (Paperback)

Sandman: The Wake Volume 10 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

Morpheus made the ultimate decision between change and death. As one journey for the Endless ends another begins for the "Lord of Dreams" and his family. All the final pieces come together for the final moments of the Sandman.

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Sandman: Season of Mists Volume 4 (Paperback)

Sandman: Season of Mists Volume 4 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

Volume Four of "New York Times"-bestselling author Gaiman's acclaimed creation, with updated coloring and new trade dress.

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Sandman: A Game of You Volume 5 (Paperback)

Sandman: A Game of You Volume 5 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

"Originally published in single magazine issues as Sandman 32-37"--T.p. verso.

£17.99
Sandman: Fables and Reflections Volume 6 (Paperback)

Sandman: Fables and Reflections Volume 6 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

Statements of responsibility vary from issue to issue.

£17.99
Sandman: World's End Volume 8 (Paperback)

Sandman: World's End Volume 8 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

"Originally published in single magazine form as The Sandman 51-56"--Tp verso.

£17.99
Sandman: The Dolls House Volume 02 (Paperback)

Sandman: The Dolls House Volume 02 (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

"Originally published in single magazine form as The Sandman 9-16"--T.p. verso.

£17.99
Sandman: Dream Country Volume 3 (Paperback)

Sandman: Dream Country Volume 3 (Paperback)

Colleen Doran, Malcolm Jones, Kelley Jones, Charles Vess, Neil Gaiman

The third Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. One of these stories won the World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor.

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Sandman: Endless Nights (Paperback)

Sandman: Endless Nights (Paperback)

Neil Gaiman

Reveals the legend of the Endless, a family of magical and mythical beings who exist and interact in the real world. This title boasts diverse styles of art. It features seven peculiar and powerful siblings each of whom reveal more about their true being as they star in their own tales of curiosity and wonder.

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The Sandman: Overture (Hardback)

The Sandman: Overture (Hardback)

Neil Gaiman, J. H. Williams

From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, this volume features characters such as The Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny.

£22.99