Monday, February 29, 2016

Wierdzo Surgeon # 2 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In A Game Of You, Wanda, a pre-operative transsexual, has a dream, influenced by a minion of The Cuckoo, in which she enacts her fear of having her sexual reassignment surgery. The surgeons in this dream are comic book characters from her childhood.

This Weirdzo Surgeon is one of the people that appear in her dream. He is holding a large hammer, which is very dreamlike, but not very practical when it comes to surgery.

He appears in Sandman # 33, page 13, panel 3.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Police Officer # 9 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In Endless Nights, we get a glimpse at Despair in her 15 Portraits story.

There is a man who was hurt in an accident and was forced to move into a trailer at the edge of town.

A stray cat wanted to the trailer and the man put down a saucer of milk for the cat.

Over time sixty or seventy cats are living with him in the trailer. They are his family.

One day the man leaves to take a job as a farm hand and is unable to return to feed the cats.

This police officer comes to the farm and speaks to the man, telling him that maybe only five of the cats were somehow still alive, while sixty, maybe more were found partially eaten inside the trailer.

This is one of the saddest and most horrific stories in Endless Nights.

This police officer appears in Endless Nights on page 85, which is the 6th page of the Despair Story.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Baku # 14 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

After discovering the plans of the Onmyoji, the Fox took a jade dragon and threw it into the ocean as an offering to the King Of Dreams. That evening as the Fox slept she visited The Dreaming and found herself standing before The Dream King.

The Fox asked Dream what were the creatures she noticed in the distance. Dream told her that they were Baku, the dream eaters.

The Fox had heard of the Baku. If a Dreamer wakes of a nightmare or a dream of ill-omen, the Dreamer may call upon the Baku to eat the dream and all that it foretells away.

She asks what would happen if she caught one of the Backu after it had consumed a dream.

The King Of Dreams responded with silence.

This is one of the Baku that grazes in the distant regions of The Dreaming.

The Baku appear in the P. Craig Russel version of Dream Hunters…in issue # 1, on page 33, in panel 5.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Man # 130 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In November 1930, Ruthven Sykes, the second in command of the Order Of Ancient Mysteries and Ethel Cripps, the mistress of Roderick Burgess, run away together. They take a ship to America to start a life together outside of the watchful eye of the Magus.

This man is standing at the counter in the ship station, probably buying passage to America along with Sykes and his mistress.

He appears in Sandman # 1 on page 16 in panel 2.

This is a fantastic portrait from Max. This man has a very distinctive feel that he is from the 1930’s and hoping to find a better life in America. There is a sadness in his eyes that I am impressed with. Max definitely captured some real emotions in this portrait!

Here is Man # 130…

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Dignitary # 2 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Dream and his lover, Killalla Of The Glow, travel to the palace to attend the parliament concerning zones of responsibility and the merits of obligation for creation.

Dignitaries from various planets, realms and realities gather to be a part of this important meeting.

When Dream and Killalla arrive they are greeted by Mizar.

This Dignitary is standing in the background speaking with another dignitary.

She appears in Endless Nights, in the story, The Heart Of The Star, on page 4 in panel 1.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Snake (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

The wedding day of Orpheus and Eurydice was both a joyous and tragic day.

The Endless were in attendance at the wedding and shortly after the ceremony each one left excluding Teleute (Death) who stayed for the reception party. She sat near Orpheus as he played his lyre.

Eurydice’s dancing was interrupted when Aristaeus, one of Orpheus’ closest friends asked if he could speak with her in private by the grove behind the temple. Since Aristaeus was a friend of Orpheus Eurydice agreed to meet him.

When Eurydice arrived, Aristaeus grabbed a hold of her wrist and told her that he wants her and he’s going to take her. Eurydice kicks him between his legs and runs away from him. As she runs, Aristaeus calls after her saying he was drunk and wasn’t going to hurt her. She looks back, while running, and does not see the snake in the grass. The snake bites her ankle and she collapses, dying in Aristaeus’ arms.

This is the snake that bit Eurydice. This snake is the catalyst for the events that affects the lives of Orpheus as well as his father Morphues.

The snake appears in Sandman Special # 1, on pages 10-11.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Reveler At Alain’s Masked Ball # 31 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Endless Nights, Alain’s and his court live a life beyond death because they locked their gates, preventing Death from visiting his island and the citizens of his court.

As time passes, Alain entertains his court with a variety of activities such as masquerades.

This character is one of the people who attended Alain’s masquerade. He is in a group of people listening to Alain speak about their nightly pleasures and that tomorrow will never come because every day is their perfect day.

He appears in Endless Nights, in the Death story illustrated by P. Craig Russell entitled “Death In Venice,” on page 13, in panel 4.

This is a fabulous portrait from Max. There is so much detail packed into this portrait. I love the highly detailed wig he is wearing and the fur around the collar of his robes. I love his expression and the purple used on the mask. I also like the textured background made from torn up magazines. It really adds a festive feeling to this portrait.