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Sandman #1 unforgettably introduced the modern-day mythology of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. The first story features the talents of New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman with art by Sam Kieth & Mike Dringenberg. Dave McKean did the covers for the series, a collection of art in their own right.

Today we look at the re-colored version from the Sandman Special Edition #1. Some cranky, power-mad codgers have kept Morpheus imprisoned for decades. This messes up the dreams of everyone on the planet, not to mention makes Morpheus angry.

All these guys have to do is not cross the magic circle that surrounds Morpheus’ cage. But watch where you roll that wheelchair! Let’s enjoy the scene where Morpheus breaks free and punishes his captor, kicking off Gaiman’s critically-acclaimed 75-issue epic, Sandman.

Collector’s Guide:
– From Sandman #1; DC/Vertigo, 1989.
– Reprinted in the Absolute Sandman Special Edition #1,
– Reprinted in Essential Vertigo Sandman #1, 1996.
– Also available in ebook as Preludes and Nocturnes.