The Sandman was initially published as a monthly series. As the series increased in popularity, DC comics began publishing them in collections of related stories. A total of ten collections contain the full run of the series, and all have been kept in print.

Collected editionsEdit

The series is collected in trade paperbacks.

# Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
1 Preludes and Nocturnes The Sandman #01-08 1988
2 The Doll's House The Sandman #09-16 1990
3 Dream Country The Sandman #17-20 1991
4 Season of Mists The Sandman #21-28 1990
5 A Game of You The Sandman #32-37 1993
6 Fables and Reflections The Sandman #29–31, 38–40, 50; Sandman Special #1; and Vertigo Preview No. 1 1990
7 Brief Lives The Sandman #41–49 1994
8 World's End The Sandman #51–56 January 1st 1994
9 The Kindly Ones The Sandman #57–69 and Vertigo Jam No. 1 #49-54 September 1st 1989
10 The Wake The Sandman #70–75 February 1996

Absolute editionsEdit

The DC Comics Absolute Edition series are large 8" by 12" prints of a considerably higher quality and price than the library edition, and include a leather-like cover and a slipcase. Many of the early stories have been extensively retouched and/or recolored with Gaiman's approval.[1]

  • The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1 collecting The Sandman #1–20, November 2006
  • The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2 collecting The Sandman #21–39, October 2007
  • The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 3 collecting The Sandman #40–56, along with Vertigo Preview No. 1 and Sandman Special No. 1, June 2008
  • The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 4 collecting The Sandman #57–75, November 2008
  • The Absolute Death collecting The Sandman No. 8 and No. 20, Death: The High Cost of Living, "Death Talks About Life" AIDS pamphlet, Death: The Time of Your Life, Vertigo: Winter's Edge 2, "Death and Venice" from Endless Nights, "The Wheel" from 9-11 and extras from A Death Gallery, November 2009
  • The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 5 collecting The Sandman: Endless Nights plus The Dream Hunters and Sandman Midnight Theatre, November 2011

The first volume of The Absolute Sandman was published in November 2006; it collected the first 20 issues (Preludes and Nocturnes, The Doll's House, and Dream Country). The volume features a copy of the original series outline and other bonus features, such as a new introduction by the president of DC Comics, a new afterword, and a reproduction of the original comic draft and notes for "A Midsummer Night's Dream".[1] In promotion of this reissuing, DC issued a refurbished edition of the first issue of the series.

  1. 1.0 1.1 {{url= Neil's Work: The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 1|publisher=|archiveurl= 13 July 2014|deadurl= no| accessdate=23 December 2008}}

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