In The Sandman #21, Delirium briefly discusses two humans that she had encountered (supposedly in recent history). There was a man who wanted to kiss her, who she made to see only "pretty colors" (p 14), and a girl who will "always be happy for ever and ever and ever" (p 17).

"I met this guy in this club in - somewhere. This club. Late at night. I don't know where it was. He wanted to kiss me. But I don't like to be touched. So I did this stuff to him, so he saw only colors. Real pretty colors, though. ...pretty."

"I met this little girl and she said she thought I was pretty. She was SO nice. So I DID something to here. Something so she'll always be happy. Always be HAPPY for EVER and EVER and EVER."

(Somehow, I doubt the little girl is better off after her encounter with Delirium. I'm picturing something like Joker gas.)

Are these stories told more fully elsewhere in comics (either in the "Sandman Library" or in other comics)?

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    Nah, they're not. Period. May 1, 2017 at 21:35
  • I'm rummaging through my memories now, but I'm 90% sure there aren't any stories depicting Delirium before the events of this volume (there's a caveat, but it doesn't invalidate my point). May 1, 2017 at 21:57

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The answer seems to be negative.

In my opinion, those lines are there to paint us a picture of Delirium - a chaotic, unpredictable, and truly (wait for it) mad person[ification].

What she does is sometimes out of proportion, sometimes lacks causality, and is almost always not what you'd expect from a sane person.

But to answer your actual question, those stories don't get more coverage in other comics. Arguably, the little girl she talks about could be the girl seen in chapter 5 - "Delirium: Going Inside" - of Endless Nights:

I'm purposefully not adding more context; in short, this story is set after the events of the main series, and Delirium is having a sort of nervous breakdown, and is lost in her own domain. This girl's mother claims that she was catatonic for over a year; maybe this was Delirium's understanding of "happy for ever and ever and ever".

However, the chronology does not match up - the events of the main Sandman run spanned over more than a year, so this is not the girl Delirium spoke of in issue #21. It may, however, be a link to that event. Maybe.

  • There's also mention of "a man who sees rainbows" in the picture you've included (but you can tell me if that's something else).
    – Shokhet
    May 1, 2017 at 23:38
  • Don't know who that is (3 am, brain not working) :( May 1, 2017 at 23:39
  • Go to sleep!! Now! :)
    – Shokhet
    May 1, 2017 at 23:40
  • @Shokhet "the man who sees rainbows" was part of the "rescue team" created to save Delirium - it was a group of insane people guided by a talking dog.
    – Yasskier
    May 2, 2017 at 20:51
  • @Yasskier That's what I meant by "purposefully not adding more context" :) May 2, 2017 at 20:56

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