The SANDMAN (1989) issue #1 by Gaiman, Keith & Dringenberg

Sandman #1 introduces us to self-styled “magus” Roderick Burgess and his attempt to summon and imprison DEATH in a magical ritual held in England in 1916.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will probably know I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman’s SANDMAN comic. It ran for 75 issues plus one Special from 1989 to 1996. I still have the original comics. I brought them over to Japan with me. I have read the comics many times and will no doubt read them again in the future. I’m particularly fond of the first half of the series and count The Doll’s House and A Season in Hell among my favourite story arcs.

With the release of the Netflix Sandman Series, I wanted to go back to the source and reread the first issue. I recorded a kind of audio-comic of Sandman issue #1 “Sleep of the Just.” The first half of the video below is my summary of the first issue showing some of the gorgeous art from the comic. The second half of the video is me reading parts of Neil Gaiman’s essay on how he got the idea for the comic. It was originally published in the back of Sandman issue #4. I wanted to share it with you and anyone else who might stumble upon this page in the future. This was a labour of love.

My REVIEW & Summary of ISSUE #1 of The SANDMAN (1989)

As always, thanks for reading!

-Wakizashi, *listening to an approaching thunderstorm. Man it’s been humid today. I feel like the air is about to explode.*


15 thoughts on “The SANDMAN (1989) issue #1 by Gaiman, Keith & Dringenberg

  1. I love the Sandman comic series, I’ve read it so many times. Been enjoying the new Netflix show too. I still have my old Sandman tarot set I got back during the comics heyday, happy times and places eh? 🙂

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    • I think the show started well but all the changes have kind of taken me out of the story. Not just the characters but crucial story points. I think I will stick to the comics which still hold up like you said. Thanks Paul. Glad you are enjoying it. 👍

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  2. I have always respected how well-respected The Sandman is, but had never read any of the comics. When the series became a reality, I went out and got a physical collection of the comics to read after I first watched the series. I can’t wait to dig into the source material now, because for me the series was outstanding. The story lines were compelling, for the most part every part was cast perfectly, and I can’t wait for a second season. I also feel Episode 6 is one of the best hours of television I have seen in a long time. Brilliant show.

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    • I grew up reading the comics and enjoy re-reading them every few years. Glad to hear the TV adaptation worked for you. After a promising start, I found it disappointing overall. Major changes to both characters and story left me scratching my head at times. Also the pacing was very very slow. Hob Gadling, the man who refuses to die, was my favourite character and performance in the show. I love his story in the comics. Thanks for your comments!

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