DC has just released ‘Sandman: Overture’ a 25th Anniversary comic to celebrate the milestone of that groundbreaking series that helped establish the publisher’s Vertigo imprint, which became the home to their more mature works. Creator Neil Gaiman has returned to pen a new tale starring his beloved Endless family, teaming up with breakout artist J.H. Williams III.
Gaiman also provided this commentary in which he remarks on the impact that ‘Sandman’ had on several generations of readers and offers some insights into his creation of not only Morpheus himself, but the Endless family which famously also included Death re-imagined as a goth teenager and the existing DC character Destiny. (He doesn’t mention Delirium, who was based on singer Tori Amos.)
He accurately points out that 25 years ago, there was nothing like this in existence. (Gaiman has previously expressed that he’d actually wanted to celebrate the comic’s 20 year anniversary, but was unable to come to an agreement with DC about it.)
You can watch the entire video below:
‘Sandman’, along with other projects like ‘Swamp Thing’ and ‘Hellblazer’, really did create an all-new form of comic books that were aimed at adult readers which didn’t shy away from profanity or sexuality and which offered a more cerebral and artistic approach to the art form.
Gaiman certainly seems proud of his work on the series and it truly is a book with a devoted cult following, even now after so many years. The characters featured in it even continue to pop up in other DC Comics on occasion.
Did you pick up ‘Overture’ this week? Were you an old school ‘Sandman’ reader or are you discovering the property for the first time? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!