Saturday, January 30, 2016

Strip Club Patron # 10 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In Brief Lives, Dream and Delirium travel the waking world in hopes of finding their missing brother, Destruction. Their travels lead them to a strip club called Suffragette City, where the goddess Ishtar dances.

This man is one of the people who is at Suffragette City watching Ishtar, Tiffany and the other dancers perform. He is near the front of the stage as Ishtar quickly leaves the stage when Dream, Delirium and Matthew enter the club.

He appears in Sandman # 45 page 17 in panel 1.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Tortured Man # 8 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Season Of Mists, once Remiel and Duma became the caretakers of Hell, the dead and demons returned to their regular routines and torture.

This man assumed this role as a tortured resident of Hell…waiting to be consumed for all eternity by this monstrous demon’s insatiable appetite.

This tortured man appears in Sandman # 28, on page 21 in panel 2.

Kai did a great job with this portrait. Once again, the details of this character are awesome and perfect. I like his expression on his face. He seems genuinely in pain from being tortured or perhaps it’s the anticipation of being eaten by this nasty looking demon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Nightmare # 1 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

When Dream confronts John Dee in order to reclaim his stolen ruby he is forced to take his battle into the realm of dreams.

John Dee encounters a group of Soothsayers who warn him to “Beware the Ideas Of March” and “Beware the Brides Of Frankenstein.” Every nightmare he encounters twists into a nightmare wearing the helmet of the dream king.

This is one of those Nightmares he encounters as he tries to tear the Dreaming apart in order to find Morpheus.

This Nightmare appears in Sandman # 7, on page 13.

Anna did a great job with this portrait. The starkness of the character and the background definitely lends itself to reflect a dreamy quality. The helmet is bone-like and is horrifying.

This is one of my favorite portraits from Anna. I hope you enjoy it.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Citizen of Baghdad # 42 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In Ramadan, Haroun al Raschid began to feel despair knowing that eventually his beautiful city would lose its splendor. He asked Dream to preserve the beauty and magnificence of Baghdad.

While touring the city, they flew over a Baghdad marketplace.

This man was one of the people in the marketplace. He is standing with a group of men. It looks like he’s in a heated argument with the other two men.

He appears in Sandman # 50, on page 24, in panel 1.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Sailor From The Coastal Town # 6 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Kara journeys to a nearby coastal town when searching for the son of the deceased village leader.

This man is standing on one of the boats docked near the village. He is likely inspecting it prior to taking it out to sea again.

He appears in Endless Nights, in the Desire story, on page 9 in panel 1.

In the published comic this man is nothing more than a human shaped blob in the far distance. Max took this character and gave him a personality, features and a life that he would not otherwise have had. I really like that Max chose to do this character primarily in pencil. It gives the character a bit of age and roughness that is necessary for this character.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Demon # 398 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In P. Craig Russell’s adaptation of Dream Hunters, a Fox and a Badger make a wager to see who can make the Monk leave his small temple.

They each try a variety of methods to convince the Monk to leave and nothing seems to sway him. One evening the Badger created an illusion in which an army of demons surround the temple and shout that if the Monk doesn’t flee they will eat his flesh.

The Monk exits the temple and expresses his unhappiness with these tricks and chases the “demons” away with a torch. Where the demons once stood a badger remained. The Monk threw the torch and singed the tail of the Badger.

This was the last time the Badger attempted to trick the Monk into leaving his temple.

This Demon is one of the Demons that the Badger created in order to scare away the Monk.

He appears in Sandman: Dream Hunters # 1, on page 19.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cat # 10 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In “A Dream Of A Thousand Cats” several cats visit a cemetery to listen to a wise cat tell a story of what it was like before the humans ruled the lives of cats.

This is one of the cats who attended the gathering and listened to the wise cat’s tale.

This cat can be seen in Sandman # 18, page 4.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Corpse From Rachel’s Dream # 5 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In the Destruction story from Endless Nights, Rachel has dreams of the world ending. Sometimes it’s by fire, sometimes by ice and sometimes the deaths are caused by some disease.

In one of Rachel’s dreams, she sees the corpse of this man, along with many others, while walking through a shopping mall. It seems apparent that this man died from an unknown disease.

He can be seen in Endless Nights in the Destruction story, “On The Peninsula” on the first page in panel 4.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dignitary # 135 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

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.

This Dignitary is one of many who gathered at the palace.

He is standing on the steps as Death arrives and speaks to Mizar, the host of the parliament.

He appears in the background in Endless Nights, in the story, The Heart Of The Star, on page 8 in panel 2.

This is one of the more interesting and well defined Dignitaries at the parliament. He is very recognizable and unique. I really like how Max approached this character. He really focused on the strangeness of the character. I also like the background colors he used. Not only do they accent the character, but they make me think of the sky, which is completely appropriate for this gathering.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Student # 4 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Worlds’ End, Brant Tucker wandered the halls of the free house and found himself in a room with a man saying that he was a Seeker and was trying to find the world where Prez Rickard became the President Of The United States.

Prez Rickard was an exceptional person and even as a boy he took pride in his country. He knew that when he was older he was destined to be President.

This student was one of Prez Rickard’s classmates when he was a young boy.

He appears in Sandman # 54, on page 3, in panel 3.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Undercut Patron # 22 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In Death: The High Cost Of Living, Death and Sexton spend the afternoon wandering around New York and end up that evening at a club called The Undercut, prior to a concert. This concert is the first concert Foxglove performed, before becoming an international success.

As Didi and Sexton approach the club in the taxi, this man is standing at the top of the stairs as people enter the club.

He appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 2 on page 7 in panel 3.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thing That Walked The Earth # 3 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In the time of the Monk and the fox, there were many Things That Walked The Earth that “we rarely see today. There were all manner of entities, beings, wraiths, and creatures, both kind and malevolent.”

This is one of the Things That Walked The Earth.

It appears in the P. Craig Russell version of Dream Hunters, in issue # 1 on page 22, in panel 1.

This is a fantastic portrait from Kai. The details on this creature’s wings and head are exceptional. I love the menacing look in his eyes. This creature definitely is something that could be seen as a feared beast.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Worlds’ End Patron # 1 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In Worlds’ End Brant Tucker crashes his workmate’s car after Something Huge And Scary crosses the road in front of him.

Charlene is injured and he carries her through the woods until finds himself at an Inn.

He goes into the inn to seek medical attention for his friend. As he enters through the front door everyone close by turns to look at the new arrival.

This man is one of the people sitting at the table near the door. He turns to see Brant carrying Charlene.

He appears in Sandman # 51, on page 7 in panel 1.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Resident Of The Dreaming # 14 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

After a family gathering, Dream decides that perhaps he was a bit rash in condemning Nada, his one-time lover, to Hell for spurning his affection.

He gathers together the residents of his realm to let them know he is about to go to Hell in an attempt to rescue Nada.

This is one of the people who gathered to listen to Dream.

He appears in Sandman # 22, on page 5, in panel 4.

I absolutely love this portrait from Max. This character is dark and mysterious and incredibly intriguing. I love the spirals in her hair and her wild appearance. The red backgrounds contrast nicely with the darkness of the character. This portrait really stands out and is probably one of my favorite portraits from Max so far.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Citizen Of Barbie’s World # 22 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

After Barbie smashes the Porpentine against the Heirogram on the Isle Of Thorns, Dream is summoned to destroy her world. As dictated in the terms of his compact, perhaps with Alianora, he welcomes the citizens of Barbie’s world back into the dark folds of his cloak before un-creating the world.

This character is one of the many citizens of Barbie’s world.

He appears in Sandman # 36, page 34, panel 2.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Garrett Sanford (illustrated by Mike DeCarlo)

Garrett Sanford was one of the early incarnations of the super hero known as The Sandman.

He was a doctor and an expert in dreams and found himself trapped in the Dream Dimension, created by Brute and Glob during Dream’s imprisonment. He helped protect the dreams of Jed Walker, brother of Rose Walker. At one point, Garrett Sanford worked with the Justice League to fight Doctor Destiny (in Justice League Annual # 1).

Overtime, his imprisonment drove him insane and he eventually killed himself.

His body was then used by Hector Hall, who became the third incarnation of the Sandman.

Garrett Sanford appeared, as The Sandman in Sandman # 1-6, written by Michael Fleisher and illustrated by Jack Kirby. This comic was published by DC between 1974-1976. In Sandman, he appears in Sandman # 12, on page 20, in panel 4.

Mike did a great job with this portrait. I like that he brought the super hero attitude from the 70’s into this portrait. The colors he used were not necessarily accurate to the Sandman costume from the 70’s. but reflect the colors used in Sandman # 12.

Here is the Garrett Sanford Sandman…

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Village Soldier # 3 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

This Village Soldier appears in “What I’ve Tasted Of Desire” from Endless Nights.

With the village soldiers out on wolf-watch, the Folk From Across The River deliver the head of their leader, and Kara’s husband, to the village, knowing the women were unprotected. Instead of screaming and surrendering, as they expected, Kara fed them a fine meal and sung to them in a seductive manner. Afterwards she teased them and asked which of the men is the most cunning in battle. Nobody can agree and so asked to see the men wrestle, promising the winner something nice.

Each of the men remove their clothes and wrestle. She used their desire for her against them as they passed the night in competition.

When dawn broke, the soldiers returned to the village and slaughtered the men.

This is one of the Village Soldiers.

He appears in “What I’ve Tasted Of Desire” page 19, panel 1.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Monk # 3 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

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

As time passes, Alain entertains his court with a variety of activities such as masquerades and letting his court watch him get squashed by a large bull elephant. Of course, on some days Alain announces that it’s a day of penitence and mortification.

On those days, a group of monks come to the palace and hear the confessions of the citizens of Alain’s court and after the confessions the penitents kneel and are flogged until their blood ran across the mosaic floor.

This man is one of the Monks of Alain’s island. He appears in Endless Nights, in the Death story on page 7 in panel 2.

This is a wonderful portrait from Kai. I really like that the Monk’s face is hidden from us and the shape of the robes. The pointed top feels very sharp, which is appropriate for this character since they visit Alain’s court to provide the citizens with penitence through pain and flogging.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Aurelian Palace Guard # 7 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

Cluracan is sent to Aurelia to prevent an alliance between the folk of the plain cities.

After Cluracan’s “outburst” at assembly of emissaries, the Carnifex ordered him to be imprisoned. This guard escorted him to his cell. He told Cluracan that the Carnifex would, as promised, “pop out his eyeballs and piss in the holes.”

This Aurelian Palace Guard appears in Sandman # 52, on page 15 in panels 5-6.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Reveler At The Burgess Party # 11 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Wesley Dodds visits England trying to solve the mysterious death of one of his old friends. While there he attended a party thrown by Roderick Burgess hoping to uncover the truth.

This man is one of the people attending the party.

He appeared in Sandman Mystery Theatre # 1 on page 36, panel 1.