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Encyclopedia > Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
The Sandman


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Publisher DC Comics/Vertigo
First appearance Adventure Comics #40 (July, 1939)
Created by Gardner Fox
Bert Christman
Characteristics
Alter ego Wesley Bernard "Wes" Dodds
Team
affiliations
All-Star Squadron
Justice Society of America
Notable aliases Grainy Gladiator
Abilities A gas gun, prophetic dreams, as well as highly honed detective skills and a fair knowledge of the martial arts.

The Sandman, alias Wesley Dodds, is a fictional masked crimefighter in the DC Comics universe. The first of several DC characters to bear the name, he was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. ... The All-Star Squadron was an American comic book (1981-1987) created by Roy Thomas and published by DC Comics about the adventures of a large team of superheroes which comprised of most of the feature characters owned by the company that appeared in the Golden Age of Comic Books... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... Gardner Francis Fox (May 20, 1911, Brooklyn, New York – December 24, 1986) was an American writer best known for creating numerous comic book characters for DC Comics. ...


Attired in a green business suit, fedora, and gas mask, the Sandman used a gun emitting a sleeping gas to sedate criminals. He was originally one of the “mystery men” to appear in comic books and other types of adventure fiction in the 1930s but later developed into a more proper superhero, acquiring sidekick Sandy, and joining the Justice Society of America. A fedora, which in this case has been pinched at the front and being worn pushed back on the head, with the front of the brim bent down over the eyes. ... Belgian 1930s era L.702 model civilian mask. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... Don Quixote and Sancho Panza unsuccessfully confront windmills. ... Sanderson Sandy Hawkins, formerly known as Sandy the Golden Boy, now known as Sand, is a fictional character, superhero in the DC Comics universe created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. ... The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ...


While the character's first appearance is usually given as Adventure Comics #40 (July 1939), he also appeared in DC Comics' 1939 New York World's Fair Comics omnibus, which historians believe appeared on newsstands one to two weeks earlier, while also believing the Adventure Comics story was written and drawn first. [1] Creig Flessel, who drew many early Sandman adventures, has sometimes been credited as co-creator on the basis of drawing the Sandman cover of Adventure Comics #40, but no other evidence has surfaced. In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Adventure Comics #296 Adventure Comics is a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1935 to 1983. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... There have been two Worlds fairs in New York City: 1939 New York Worlds Fair ( 1939- 1940) at Flushing Meadows in Queens gave us Futurama, the Trylon, and Perisphere. ... Parisian Omnibus, late nineteenth century Look up omnis in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Creig Flessel (born February 2, 1912, in Huntington, Long Island, New York) is an American comic book artist active from some of the earliest days of the medium, and an illustrator and cartoonist for magazines ranging from Boys Life to Playboy. ...


Like most superheroes, the Sandman fell into obscurity in the 1940s and eventually other DC characters took his name. In the 1980s, when writer Neil Gaiman's Sandman, featuring the anthropomorphic embodiment of dreams, was popular, DC revived Dodds in Sandman Mystery Theater, a noir-ish series set in the 1930s. Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... The Sandman is a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published in the United States by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Cover of The Sandman #1, by Dave McKean. ... Sandman Mystery Theatre is a comic book series published by Vertigo, the mature-readers imprint of DC Comics, which ran for 70 issues between 1993 and 1999. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ...

Contents

Publication history

Golden Age of comic books

Following his first appearance in Adventure Comics #40, the Sandman continued to star in one of that omnibus title's features through #102 (March 1945). One of the seminal medium's "mystery men", as referred to at the time, the Sandman straddled the pulp magazine detective tradition and the emerging superhero tradition by dint of his dual identity and his fanciful, masked attire and weapon — an exotic "gas gun" that could compel villains to tell the truth, as well as put them to sleep. Unlike many superheroes, he frequently found himself the victim of gunshot wounds, both in the Golden Age and Vertigo series, and he would continue fighting in spite of serious limitations the injuries caused. In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Flynns Detective Fiction from 1941. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode, see Super Hero (Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode). ... For other uses of the term, see Villain (disambiguation). ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ...


In his early career, Dodds was frequently aided by his girlfriend, Dian Belmont, who is aware of his dual identity. Unlike many superhero love interests, Belmont was often portrayed as an equal partner of the Sandman, rather than a damsel in distress. Later stories would reveal that the two remained together for the duration of their lives, though they never married.


The Sandman was one of the original members of the Justice Society of America when that superhero team was introduced in All Star Comics #3, published by All-American Comics, one of the companies that would merge to form DC. The Justice Society of America, or JSA, is a DC Comics superhero group, the first team of superheroes in comic book history. ... All-American Comics was the flagship title for its publisher, also called All-American Comics. ...


In Adventure Comics #69, in 1941, Dodds was given a more superheroic yellow-and-purple costume by writer Mort Weisinger and artist Paul Norris, as well as a yellow-clad kid sidekick, Sandy the Golden Boy, nephew of Dian Belmont. Later that year, the celebrated team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby took over this version of the character. Mortimer Weisinger (1915-1978) was an American magazine and comic book editor. ... Paul Norris (born April 26, 1914 in Greenville, Ohio) is an American comic book artist. ... Sanderson Sandy Hawkins, formerly known as Sandy the Golden Boy, now known as Sand, is a fictional character, superhero in the DC Comics universe created by Mort Weisinger and Paul Norris. ... Joe Simon (born 1915) was a comic book author and cartoonist who created or co-created many memorable characters in the Golden Age. ... Jack Kirby (August 28, 1917 – February 6, 1994) was one of the most influential, recognizable, and prolific artists in American comic books, and the co-creator of such enduring characters and popular culture icons as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Hulk, Captain America, and hundreds of others stretching...


Silver Age to Modern Age

Reintroduced in the Silver Age in Justice League of America #46 (July 1966), the Sandman made occasional appearances in the annual teamups between that superhero group and the JSA. Showcase #4 (Oct. ... The Justice League is a DC Comics superhero team. ...


A film noir-inspired retelling of the original Sandman's adventures ran from 1993-1998 in the series Sandman Mystery Theatre from DC Comics' mature-reader Vertigo imprint. This series arguably takes place in an "alternate" continuity, since "Sandy Hawkins" is nothing more than a fictional comic book character within that universe. There are other deviations from the canonical DC Universe, not least of which - as established by a flashback to 1918 - that the Wesley Dodds of "Sandman Mystery Theatre" is around a decade older than his "regular" counterpart. Chronology-wise, these stories take place between issues 40 and 41 of Adventure Comics.[1] This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Vertigo logo Vertigo is an imprint of comic book and graphic novel publisher DC Comics. ...


In Sandman Midnight Theatre (1995) a one-shot special by Neil Gaiman, author of the Modern Age supernatural series The Sandman depicts an interaction between the two characters, with the original visiting Great Britain and encountering the imprisoned Dream, the protagonist of Gaiman's series. A minor retcon by Gaiman suggested that Dodds' chosen identity was a result of Dream's absence from the realm the Dreaming, and that Dodds carries an aspect of that mystical realm. This explains Dodds' prophetic dreams. Sandman Midnight Theatre is the title of a graphic novel in which two DC comics characters called the Sandman, Morpheus and Wesley Dodds, encounter each other. ... Neil Richard Gaiman () (born November 10, 1960) is an English author of science fiction and fantasy short stories and novels, graphic novels, comics, and films. ... Look up Supernatural in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Sandman is a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published in the United States by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ... Cover of The Sandman #1, by Dave McKean. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Dreaming is a part of a fictional, supernatural world used as the setting for several comic book series and graphic novels, particularly The Sandman by Neil Gaiman, all published by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. ...


Twilight years

He was one of a number of Justice Society members who found themselves in the "Ragnarok Dimension" during the early Modern Age of comic books. Later, a retired Wesley Dodds is shown as an elder statesman of superheroes, most notably in a team-up with Jack Knight, the son of Dodds' JSA teammate Starman. Look up Ragnarok in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Wolverine, a member of the X-Men, a popular franchise in the Modern Age, and an anti-hero, a popular character type The Modern Age of Comic Books is an informal name for the period in the history of mainstream American comic books generally considered to last from the mid... Starman is Jack Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics Universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... Starman is Ted Knight, a comic book superhero in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ...


In JSA Secret Files & Origins #1 in 1999, Dodds committed suicide rather than allow the location of Doctor Fate to be taken from his mind by the villainous Mordru. His youthful but now grown-up sidekick, Sandy the Golden Boy, became known simply as Sand and took his mentor's place as a member of the Justice Society of America until finally taking the name of Sandman. Mayor of Leipzig, Germany, committed suicide along with his wife and daughter on April 20, 1945. ... Doctor Fate, as seen in Justice League Unlimited Doctor Fate is a comic book superhero and wizard in the DC Comics universe, and a member of the Justice Society of America. ... // Character Biography Mordru (also known as Mordru the Merciless) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe whose main foes are the Legion of Super-Heroes in the future world of the 30th and 31st centuries and the Justice Society of America and the Lord of Order...


Sleep of Reason

Wesley Dodds makes a comeback via flashback images in the 2006 limited series Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason.


Kingdom Come

In Mark Waid and Alex Ross' Elseworlds miniseries Kingdom Come, Wesley Dodds is tormented by prophetic visions of Armageddon. After his death these visions are passed to the protagonist, Norman McKay, who was one of Dodds' only remaining friends. The story later reveals that the visions were sent to Dodds because his tenure as Sandman somehow gave him an affinity for dreams and their interpretation. Wesley Dodds actually prophesies the future events in Kingdom Come before dying in the hospital, playing a brief yet important part in the story. Mark Waid (born March 21, 1962 in Hueytown, Alabama) is an American comic book writer. ... Nelson Alexander Alex Ross (born January 22, 1970) is an American comic book painter, illustrator and plotter, acclaimed for the photorealism of his work. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... Kingdom Come was a four-issue comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics. ... The evangelist John of Patmos writes the Book of Revelation. ... Kingdom Come was a four-issue comic book limited series published in 1996 by DC Comics. ...


Other Media

Although he has never truly appeared outside of comicdom, a very similar character named Nightshade (with no relation to the DC Comics superhero of the same name) appears multiple times in The Flash TV Series. He even uses the same gas-gun, although he is African-American in this incarnation. Species See text Solanum is a genus of annuals, perennials, sub-shrubs, shrubs and climbers. ... The Flash was a live action CBS television series from 1990-1991 that starred John Wesley Shipp as the superhero, The Flash, and co-starred Amanda Pays. ...


Footnotes

  1. ^ Don Markstein's Toonopedia: "Adventure Comics #40 wasn't quite the character's first appearance, though. The 1939 issue of New York World's Fair Comics, an extra-big anthology DC put out to capitalize on the eponymous event, contained a Sandman story, and probably hit the stands a week or two before his first Adventure story (though the one in Adventure is believed to have been written and drawn earlier)". Sites including JSA Member Profiles: The Sandman and Members of the Justice Society: The Sandman concur.

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