U2 Pop Culture Database



Sandman


Format:
Comic Book
Year:
1988 to 1996 and reprinted in paperback form
Writer:
Neil Gaimen
Artist:
Dave McKean

U2 Pop Culture Reference:
[This is all from Aaron "u2wanderer" Sams who I thank profusely.]

Below are captures from the Clannad song In A Lifetime which features Bono on vocals. Also shown are early sketches that came from the graphic novel: SANDMAN: PRELUDES AND NOCTURNES and are included in the afterward by the author Neil Gaiman and are touted as early designs for the Sandman.


Bono in video


Early Sandman sketch


Bono in video

Another Sandman sketch


Sandman was a 75-issue comic book series published by DC Comics starting in 1988. It was one of the books that allowed them to launch their "Vertigo" line of titles for mature readers. The basic premise of the book was that there were physical manifestations of the roles of Destiny, Dream, Death, Delirium, Desire, Destruction, and Despair. The seven considered themselves a family and called themselves "the Endless".
The series opens with Dream escaping from prison and building back his power. Dream is the main character and in the early conceptual drawings he was based on Bono. His look changed slightly with each artist who joined the series, but the long flowing hair evident in the In A Lifetime video stayed with the character, as did the pattern of dressing in black.



This is what he looked like by the end of the series.

Besides U2, is it worth reading?
I haven't read it, but here's what Aaron says: Highly acclaimed series and winner of several awards from both the comic book world and the literary world. Heavily influenced by mythology and fable. Almost none of the typical "Superhero" type stories. Recommended for mature audiences. SANDMAN won the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for best writer (91, 92, 93, and 94), best continuing series (91, 92, and 93), best graphic album (reprint, 91), best graphic album (new, 93), the Harvey Award for best writer (90 and 91) and best continuing series (92), and Sandman Number 19 took the 1991 World Fantasy Award for Best Short Story (making it the first comic ever to be awarded a literary award).

Info on Preludes and Nocturnes (Sandman, Book 1)





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