Friday, December 25, 2015

Wesley Dodds (As The Sandman) (illustrated by John Carmine)

Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman, first appeared in Adventure Comics # 40 (from July 1939) and became one of the original members of the Justice Society Of America.

In Sandman # 1, we see Wesley Dodds, in 1939, he had a dream that inspired him to put on a mask and fight crime, but putting evil people to sleep with a gas and leaves them for the police. Since he began doing this he no longer dreams about “the man in the strange helmet.”

Vertigo Comics, in 1993, began publishing a series depicting the exploits of Wesley Dodds and his early crime fighting adventures.

Later, a single issue special was released called Sandman Midnight Theatre, in which Wesley Dodds travels to England to try to unravel the mystery of the death of this friend Linus Benchley. It was during this adventure that Wesley Dodds encountered the King Of Dreams imprisoned in his glass prison.

He also appeared in The Wake, and spoke briefly at the funeral for Morpheus.

Wesley Dodds appears in Sandman # 1, on page 18, in panel 4-6, Sandman # 73, on page 11, and finally in Sandman Midnight Theatre.

John did a fantastic job with this portrait. I love the green hue that he used throughout this portrait and the darkness of the character. This portrait, like the character, is surrounded by mystery, which I really like. John managed to capture this character perfectly.

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