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Questions tagged [the-sandman]

To be used for the Vertigo dark fantasy comic series written by Neil Gaiman, the titular character, and related works as appropriate. Use with the [comics] and [vertigo-comics] tag.

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Why Hell becomes worse after angels took over it in Sandman

In the Sandman, Season of Mists 07, after Lucifer gives the key of Hell to Dream, he gives it to the angels. At the end of the issue, one of the angels come up to one of the demons and says that he ...
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Who else is Hob Gadling referring to?

In the Dolls House part 4 'Men of Good Fortune', in the Nineteenth Century Hob Gadling refers to 2 other people who cannot die. One of these is Mad Hettie, (I am assuming), a fictional character ...
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Has anyone ever tried to physically attack any of the Endless?

There is one thing that always bothered me a bit in the "Sandman"/"Vertigo" universe: whenever one of the Endless shows up and introduces itself, people immediately assume that they are indeed what ...
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Why does Orpheus know how to find Destruction?

Yes they are family, but why is Orpheus the only oracle who could lead Dream and Delirium to find Destruction?
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What does the Cuckoo represent?

In the fifth Sandman collected edition; A game of you, The Cuckoo introduces themselves as an abandoned imaginary friend who took the form of Barbie's childhood. I want to know what the Cuckoo ...
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How did imprisoned Azazel end up on some woman's bedside table?

If my memory servers me right, Azazel was imprisoned by the Dream of the Endless, after it (he?she? do floating eyes and maws have gender?) tried to blackmail Morpheus. Then in the #2 issue of ...
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How to buy the right collection if I'd like to have the whole Sandman series? [closed]

There are so many "Sandman" collections on Amazon. How could I know the right collection to buy if I'd like to have the whole series? What are the full contents of the series? ps. with the same ...
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Did the duke's daughter dreaming of goblets of sour blood have any influence on Vassily's decision?

While revising What did Vassily see when he looked at the sleeping woman? I read "The Hunt" again, just for the fun of it, and wondered about Vassily's motivation in the end of the story. While ...
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What does the boy mean by “the other egg of the Phoenix”? Which one is it?

I've been re-reading some Sandman stories, and this time it was "Ramadan", exquisitely drawn by P. Craig Russell. One thing towards the end confused me, and I hadn't even noticed it in my first ...
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What is the chemistry behind Element Girl's death?

In "Facade" (The Sandman #20), Element Girl dies after a conversation with Death of the Endless (and possibly with Ra as well). Below is an image of her death (borrowed from another post on this site, ...
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Who is Death talking to at the end of “Death: The High Cost of Living”?

In Neil Gaiman's Death - The High Host of Living, at the end when Death returns back from her mortal form, we see someone was waiting for her; who was this person she was talking to?
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Are these Delirium stories from The Sandman #21 discussed elsewhere in comics?

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 ...
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Who drew this depiction of Morpheus (from “The Sandman”)?

I've been seeing this image of Morpheus - the main character of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman - quite frequently: Slight variation here and here It appears in multiple articles about the [now bust] The ...
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Why was this happening at the end of Sandman volume 4?

At the end of The Sandman vol. 4: Season of Mists, we see I can't remember which one of two, but one of them suddenly flies up and we see the other one chained and is being punished by a demon. What ...
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How does Unity know so much about the Dreaming, vortices?

In the first volume of The Sandman, Unity Kinkaid is stricken with the "sleeping sickness," and births a daughter while asleep. At the end of the second volume, Unity enters the Dreaming, offering her ...
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Is Sandman ever mentioned in the Lucifer TV series?

I don't watch the Lucifer TV series, but did they ever mention The Sandman or any of the Endless in it?
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Did the other Endless know that Dream was held prisoner?

In the first volume of The Sandman, Preludes and Nocturnes, Dream was captured and was kept in prison for many decades. Did his brothers and sisters know about this? And if they did, why did none of ...
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Did “24 Hours” happen in any other comic besides Sandman?

In The Sandman #6 ("24 Hours"), Doctor Destiny abuses Dream's ruby to wreak havoc on a global scale. Wikipedia says that Dee only affected the poor inhabitants of that diner, but I'm pretty sure that ...
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Did Neil Gaiman base Dream's eyes' appearance on Terry Pratchett's Death?

Neil Gaiman's Dream is commonly depicted as having star-like glow in his eyes, usually when he's extra serious (extra serious? you might say): Those are just from the first volume, but the general ...
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Has Neil Gaiman's Sandman ever appeared in a Justice League comic?

Quite a few times, the DC characters have appeared in the Sandman books, but has he ever appeared in the Justice League or any other DC comic book ?
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Where and when does Dream find the saeculum?

At the end of Overture, it's revealed that Desire stole Time's saeculum (sæculum) from Dream, and hid it for Dream to find at a particular time later. Was this discovery depicted or mentioned in a ...
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Was the villain of Justice League Dark based on a Sandman villain?

The main villain of the movie Justice League Dark features a sprit who In the 24 Hour Sandman story, the main villain is a man who Did 24 Hour inspire Justice League Dark, or is this just an ...
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Read all of Lucifer's story from his spin off on Sandman? [duplicate]

I would like to read Lucifer's story from the very beginning which I know started in a Sandman comic book issue. Which are the Sandman comics that involve Lucifer and after that do I read the books?? ...
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What happened in Hell to get Lucifer's rule challenged?

In this panel, Lucifer refers to something named the Dark, that challenged Heaven and caused a civil war in Hell. I understand that the Dark is the cosmic entity that was there before God, etc. (I ...
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Who gave Nuala her pendant?

This pendant was given to Nuala by some woman Morpheus has courted. Yet which one? It was the latest one, surely, after Morpheus admitted Nuala to his palace. My best guess is that it was Thessaly ...
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What is the relationship between Death of the Endless and Daniel Hall like?

Reading the "Sandman" series you can clearly see that Death and Dream were close - in The Sadman presents: the Thessaliad someone even says to Thessaly about her relationship with Morpheus that ...
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If Morpheus is Neil Gaiman's alter ego, then who really is Daniel Hall?

It is quite common for authors to make one of their characters as an alter ego of themselves - sometimes this will create an interesting characters like Hermione from HP series (alter ego of Rowling)....
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Why is Desire (almost) always portrayed as a villain?

While the Endless are beyond human morality, it is quite easy to notice the general characters of them: Destiny is cold and formal, Dream is moody, Delirium is happily childish (and really, really ...
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Why is Morpheus exhausted in Overture #6?

In Overture #6, the final issue of the Sandman's prequels, Morpheus expends a considerable amount of energy recreating the universe by using the dreams of the beings on his vessel: This leaves him ...
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Required reading before taking on Gaiman's Sandman series?

I'm planning on finally picking up the first volume of The Sandman. Before I start, is there anything imperative that I read first?
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I need to start reading Lucifer comics, but I am having trouble figuring out where to start

Do I read the Sandman stuff, or do I jump right into the main comics? Because I really want to maintain continuity, what's the right sequence to ensure that I get every bit of the story?
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Are there only one septuplet of Endless that oversee all DC continuities?

Or are there, for instance, Qward-Dream and Qward-Death who are not the ones we read about in Sandman?
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Did Gaiman make up “Loki Skywalker”, or does he have a source for it?

In Neil Gaiman's works, Loki has a tendency to refer to himself as "Skywalker" or "Sky Walker". Some examples: I am the mother to Odin's stallion, Sleipnir. I am the father of Fenrir sun-eater ...
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What are the DC comics “species” being referenced in Sandman Overture?

Spoiler for Sandman Overture issue #1
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What world did Odin offer Sandman?

In Neil Gaiman's Sandman, in chapter 5 of "Season of Mists" Odin offers Sandman a world he created in order to learn about Ragnarok. We can see some warriors from this world, whose Odin, to his ...
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What did Vassily see when he looked at the sleeping woman?

This is from Sandman #38, The Hunt, one of my favorite Sandman one-shots. In this story Vassily, a young boy of "the people" leaves his home in search of the youngest daughter of some Duke. He ...
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Is Death supposed to have a scythe?

In Season of Mists - Prologue (Sandman #21), when Destiny invites all the Endless for a family meeting, Death appears in her usual Goth Chick Avatar. She is then asked by Destiny to be more ...
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What did Morpheus learn in The Sandman: The Dream Hunters?`

An the end of the events of "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters", Morpheus is satisfied that events played out as they should have, and that everyone involved learned an important lesson. Here is the ...
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Is Mister Dark part of/Homage to The Endless?

I've just started reading The Dark Ages, part of the Fables series, and Mister Dark has just been introduced. I couldn't help but notice the striking similarities between him and the Endless of Neil ...
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How did Mazikeen end up with Lucifer at the “Lux”?

In The Sandman Vol. 4. Chapter 1 (#23), we see that when Lucifer seals the gates of hell, he bids goodbye to Mazikeen (a demon of hell, with half her face horribly disfigured) and says: Mazikeen: ...
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Why does Daniel show up when Cluracan creates his nemesis?

In issue 58 of The Sandman, the child Daniel is missing, apparently abducted. Later, Cluracan is visiting The Dreaming and while stepping off the path and gazing into a mirror, he manage to create his ...
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How will Death of the Endless die?

We have seen that even though The Seven are THE ENDLESS, two of them have died (which is very strange and i am not still clear on that). When Dream dies, we have seen that Death comes to him and ...
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How did Roderick Burgess capture Dream instead of Death?

I have read all the main Sandman Comics, but I haven't found how he MISTAKENLY captured Dream. Dream, being such a powerful being (I was gonna say "creature" but decided against it!), was surely not ...
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What did Lady Johanna ask of Dream?

There was an episode where Dream sought the help of Lady Johanna Constantine to retrieve the head of Orpheus. Lady Constantine told him that the price of helping wouldn't be cheap. What was the price/...
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How is Nekron related to Death of the Endless?

Nekron is "Lord of the Unliving" and the ruler of a dimension where souls go after they die, although this is clarified as "before their final judgment". If Death of the Endless is also present in the ...
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How can I find what the line is?

I saw this in an interview (about Good Omens) that Neil Gaiman posted on his tumblr. TP: “In fact, people that have read a lot of the ‘Discworld’ books and a lot of the ‘Sandman’ comics will ...
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In Sandman: A Game of You: Why were Weirdzos used instead of Bizarros?

In Sandman Vol 5: "A Game of You", Wanda dreams of Weirdzos which are the same as Bizarros from Superman lore. Indeed this site notes a misprint: The word “Bizarro” that had accidentally appeared ...
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Could Loki have been responsible for the first Despair's death?

I suspect there's no firm answer to this, but I'd be interested in opinions especially if there are some hints in the various extra Sandman books (I've only read the 75 comics). Daniel says the ...
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Who or what is Boss Smiley?

In the Sandman story, "The Golden Boy", we see a strange figure reappear a number of times called Boss Smiley. He is apparently "the prince in that world", and appears at the end of the issue in a ...
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How was Delight changed to Delirium?

In The Sandman graphics novels, frequent mention is made that Delirium of the Endless (her siblings are Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction, and Dream or Sandman) was once Delight. But I ...