Sunday, August 20, 2017

Fireman # 6 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In Brief Lives, Dream and Delirium travel through the mortal world in search of their missing brother, Destruction.

Along the way they stop at a hotel to rest and during their stay the hotel catches on fire. This Fireman is one of the men who worked to extinguish the blaze.

He appears in Sandman # 44, on page 24 in panel 1. He is standing near the fire truck battle the blaze of the burning hotel.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Blind Man (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In World’s 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 and knew that when he was older he was destined to be President.

As he grew he became even more dedicated to helping people and helping his city of Steadfast.

He ran for president when he was 19 years old.

On election day there were many strange coincidences. At Cesar’s Palace in Las Vegas all of the slot machines emptied their jackpots at the exact same time. In New Haven, Connecticut a baby was born with a birthmark on his back in the shape of the United States. On this day many blind and deaf people regained their sight and hearing and an uncountable number of terminal illnesses vanished, never to return.

This is the day Prez Rickard was elected President Of The United States.

This is one of the blind men who regained his sight.

He appears in Sandman # 54, on page 9, in panel 4.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Alvie (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Alvie is the son of Hazel and Foxglove.

During the events of A Game Of You, Hazel reveals to Barbie that she accidentally had sex with a waiter from the restaurant she worked at and is pregnant.

While in the Dreaming trying to rescue Barbie from The Cuckoo Foxglove discovers that Hazel is pregnant. She screams at Hazel, but ultimately softens after seeing Hazel cry. Foxglove complains that they are going to have to buy one of those “dumb books full of names.”

In Death: The High Cost Of Living, Sexton and Didi go to The Undercut, a club where Foxglove is playing her first live show. Hazel is very pregnant and knows that she is expecting a boy. Hazel used to work at the restaurant owned by Sexton’s mother, Sylvia. She invited Sexton and Didi to watch the concert.

Alvie was born shortly after Death: The High Cost Of Living and in Death: The Time Of Your Life Alvie is about three years oldd. One February night Alvie died. Hazel stood over his crib and could hear he was not breathing. She clutched his body close to her chest and ran outside, in the rain. Hazel knelt over his body, crying, until Death arrived.

Hazel made a deal with Death. Death would allow Alvie to live a little while longer, but sooner or later she would return and take Hazel, Foxglove and Alvie into hear realm at which point, one of them would have to stay. Hazel tried to tell Foxglove about the arrangement, but she did not believe her.

In November, Death came and took Hazel and Alvie. Foxglove, realizing that her family was in trouble, went into Death’s realm with Boris and Vito. Foxglove offered to stay behind so that her family could live. Boris objected, telling Foxglove that Larry, her old manager, had told him that he needed to take care of her and this was his way of doing it. Boris died allowing Hazel and Foxglove live.

After Boris’ funeral, Foxglove disappeared from the public eye and tried to have a normal life. Hazel and Foxglove lived in LA for awhile and raised their son together.

Alvie appears throughout Death: The Time Of Your Life.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Release Party Guest # 9 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

When Richard Madoc’s book “And My Love She Gave Me Light” was released in May 1987 a book release party was held.

This woman was one of the people who attended the party. She is talking to a man who is reading the book...perhaps he is reading a passage to her.

She appears in Sandman # 17 on page 12, in panel 1.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Dreamer # 137 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In P. Craig Russell’s Dream Hunters, when the Monk visits Dream, we see dreamers within his cloak.

This man is one of the dreamers floating within Dream’s cloak.

This dreamer appears in Dream Hunters # 2, on page 21 in panel 2.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Waiter # 6 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Dream and Death visit a pub in England sometime between 1362-1384.

During this excursion into the waking world Death offers Hob the opportunity to never die and never grow old. He accepts and Dream agrees to meet him once a century to discuss his life, immortality and friendship.

This man is one of the bar patrons in the pub during Dream and Hob’s second meeting, sometime between 1462-1484.

He is serving ale to the patrons of the pub.

He can be seen in Sandman # 13 on page 7, in panel 1 and page 8, in panel 4.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Man At Boris’ Funeral # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Boris sacrificed himself to save Foxglove, Hazel and Alvie.

Foxglove and Hazel both attended Boris’ funeral and this man was at there mourning the death of a great musician.

He appears in Death: The Time Of Your Life # 3, on page 22, in panel 8.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Handicapped Kid # 2 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Urania Blackwall lives alone in a dark apartment. She never leaves her house. Her only connection to the outside world is a man names Mulligan who is her contact with The Company.

One day, out of the blue, she received a phone call from an old co-worker, Della Kariakis (formerly Della Porter). Della invites her for lunch at a restaurant called Da Vinci in the mall.

Urania prepares for her lunch date by making a silicate mask that resembled her face prior to her transformation.

When Urania meets Della for lunch, she learns that Della has a secret pregnancy that she cannot share with anyone from the company due to the illicit nature of the relationship with the father, who is a married man with the company.

As they prepare to eat lunch a group of handicapped kids pass by with their teachers. Della comments that she hopes her baby is not a freak like them. When Urania tried to defend the children Della explains that they make her skin crawl.

At this moment Urania’s mask falls off, into her spaghetti and Urania runs out of the restaurant, upset.

This girl is one of the handicapped kids who pass by the restaurant as Urania and Della are eating lunch.

She appears in Sandman # 20, on page 10, in panel 5.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Man # 55 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In The Sound Of Her Wings, Dream spends the day following his sister, Death, as she fulfills her function throughout the city.

They visit many people, experiencing their last moments of life and in between appointments walk through the streets, seeing the living go about their lives.

This man is one of the people they pass as they walk through the streets.

He appears in Sandman # 8, on page 17, in panel 7.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Faery # 65 (illustrated by Andy Fish)

This Faery is another one of the faeries that attended the first performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on June 23rd 1593 in Wilmington, England near The Long Man of Wilmington.

This Faery appears in Sandman # 19, on page 7, panel 3.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Woman # 19 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

Destiny is the focus of one of the stories in Endless Nights and we get a short glimpse of the mysterious character.

Destiny’s book contains all of the history that has ever happened, that is happening and that will happen, for every person and creature with the entire universe.

This woman is one of the many people that appear on the 5th page of this story. She is not necessarily a character, but more of a representation of everyone who appears within the pages of Destiny’s book.

Kai did a great job with this portrait. He did a pretty literal interpretation of this character, not revealing her face, which in context of her appearance in the story is absolutely appropriate.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Foxglove’s Fan # 3 (illustrated by Ron Chan)

Since her appearance in Death: The High Cost of Living, Foxglove has become an international sensation. She is a famous rock star and has released several cds and has appeared on talk shows.

After performing Whole Wide World on David Letterman, she leaves the studio to head to the premier of Day In The Park, which features one of her songs on the soundtrack.

Outside Letterman’s studio a group of Foxglove’s fans wait for her. This is one of her fans.

This woman appears in Death: The Time Of Your Life # 1, on page 24, panel 2.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Magician # 3 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In 1939, Wesley Dodds visits England while investigating the suicide of his friend Linus Benchley.

His investigation leads him to Fawney Rig, the home of Roderick Burgess.

Dodds, attends a party thrown by Burgess and for the evening’s entertainment several magicians performed, filling the night with illusions and miracles.

This man is one of the magicians that performed at the Burgess party.

He appears in Sandman Midnight Theatre on page 43.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Undercut Patron # 17 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Death: The High Cost Of Living, Didi and Sexton spend the afternoon wandering around New York around New York and end up that evening at a club called The Undercut.

The concert is the first show Foxglove performs. A few years later she will become an international success.

As Didi and Sexton approach the club in the taxi, this man is walking toward the line as people enter the club.

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

White Grub Thing # 5 (illustrated by Nicole Ingram)

While trying to avoid The Black Guard and the Cuckoo’s minions, Barbie and her friends discover the body of Tantoblin.

She recalls when she first met the Tantoblin.

Barbie and Martin Tenbones were on their way to the Arch Of The Porpentine when they were attacked by these White Grub Things. Barbie described them as Fat Children.

These White Grub Things appear in Sandman # 35, on page 5, in panel 1.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Teenage Girl In South Africa (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In the 8th chapter of The Kindly Ones, we catch a glimpse of Dream’s work throughout the week.

On Moonday he visited the dreams of a teenage girl in South Africa.

Dream was asked to send a dream of warning to this young woman. With this dream she would inspire her to grow up and take charge of her country and to unify all the divided factions. Without this dream she would have grown up to be a nurse.

This teenage girl appears in Sandman # 64 on page 2 in panel 4.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Citizen Of Baghdad # 77 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

Haroun al Raschid threatens to shatter the Globe Of Sulaiman Ben Daoud, which contains nine thousand and nine Ifrits, Dijinn and Demons unless the King Of Dreams comes to him.

He throws the globe, but Morpheus arrives just as the globe is about to hit the ground.

Haroun al Raschid attempts to make a bargain with Morpheus, but he reminds al Raschid that bargains are best done In the soukh, the marketplace.

The marketplace is crowded and full of people, including this man.

Morpheus and Haroun al Raschid go to the marketplace and it is there that the bargain is explained. Haroun al Raschid wants Baghdad to be remembered as a city of splendor and wonders.

This citizen of Baghdad appears in Sandman # 50, on page 25, in panel 3.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cat # 26 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In Dream Country, a group of cats meet in a cemetery, one evening, to listen to the tale of a wise storyteller cat who recounts her visit with the King Of Dreams and how dreams have the ability to change reality.

The wise Siamese cat travelled to The Dreaming and was told that one time cats ruled the world. They were larger and humans served them. After a time, a golden haired man started telling other humans that dreams shape the world and that if enough people dream then they can change reality. His message spread and one day enough people dreamed of human dominance and the next day things had changed.

In the new reality cats were tiny and became pets or lived as stray animals in alleys and on the streets.

This cat is one of the stray cats that lived in an alley amongst the garbage cans, competing for food and territory.

This cat appears in Sandman # 18, on page 18, in panel 4.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Dead Man # 24 (illustrated by Andy Fish)

After the death of his beloved wife, Orpheus travels to the Underworld, hoping to reclaim his lost love.

As he moves further through the Underworld he begins to encounter the dead.

This Dead Man is one of the many that resides in the Underworld and encounters Orpheus when he stands before Lord Hades and Queen Persephone and implores them to return Eurydice to him.

He appears in The Sandman Special # 1, on page 31, in panel 5.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Baku # 18 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

There is a tale that is told about a Monk and a Fox. Perhaps it is a fairy tale and perhaps a Monk and a Fox really fell in love and when the Monk was murdered the Fox took revenge for the death of her lover.

We will never know for sure, but it has been said that sometimes if you dream and journey to the distant regions of the dreaming where the Baku graze you might catch a glimpse of a Man and a fox walking across the plains…

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 # 4, on page 29, in panel 1.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Airline Security Agent # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In The Kindly Ones, Rose journeys to England after Zelda gives her a message from her grandmother saying that if she goes to her she’ll return her heart (which is a reference to the final chapter of The Doll’s House, where Unity took Rose’s heart to assume the roll of the dream vortex).

Rose goes to England and on the flight she sits next to a guy who smells sour and unwashed and is reading a pornographic magazine.

When she gets off the plane, she is stopped by a customs security agent who looks through her personal belongings. The creepy guy walks past her as the agent is looking at her lacy underwear.

This Airline Customs Agent appears in Sandman # 62, on page 1, in panel 5.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Security Guard # 2 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Preludes And Nocturnes Dream is searching for his stolen tools of office. He managed to locate his bag of sand and his helmet, but continued to search for his ruby, the dream stone.

He visited Scott Free at the JLA headquarters, who, along with the help of J’onn J’onzz, traced the ruby to a warehouse in Mayhew, which is in update Gotham.

Dream travels, through dreams, to the warehouse. There is a security guard outside and Dream puts him to sleep before entering the warehouse.

This is the security guard who was sitting outside Mayhew Storage.

He appears in Sandman # 5, on page 19, in panel 1 and 2.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Old Woman # 3 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

When Ellie Marsten wakes in 1988, seventy two years after she fell asleep, she is in a charity home for those suffering from the sleeping sickness. There are many other people in the same ward as she is.

This woman is one of the people in the hospital. She is in a bed next to Ellie Marsten.

She appears in Sandman # 1, on page 33, panel 2.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Demon # 50 (illustrated by Andy Fish)

Dream visits Hell in hopes of finding his stolen helmet. Lucifer gathers the demons in order for Dream to determine who has his tools of office.

There are a lot of demons in Hell and this demon is one of the many demons that have gathered at Lucifer’s request.

This demon appears in the very large crowd of demons in Sandman # 4 on page 13. He is visible climbing the side of the hill where Lucifer, Azazel, Beelzebub and Dream stand.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dead Woman # 41 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In The Song Of Orpheus, told in The Sandman Special # 1, Orpheus entered the Underworld , hoping to rescue Eurydice, his recently deceased wife. When he approached the throne room of Hades and Persephone he encounters a large gathering of the dead.

In hopes of convincing Lord Hades and Queen Persephone to release his deceased wife, Orpheus sang a song about love and loss. This song caused the dead to weep.

This Dead Women is one of the many residents of the Underworld, who wept and were lifted from the ground in sadness.

She appears in The Song Of Orpheus, on page 35, in panel 2.

I love this portrait. Max’s approach to this character feels really sympathetic. I’m not sure if feeling is created because of the colors used in for the dead woman of if her positioning, her gaze turned upward that gives me a sense of hope and sorrow.