The Collected Sandman Covers, 1989-1997
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The Collected Sandman Covers, 1989-1997 (The Sandman Covers)

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These stunning images combining painting, photography, sculpture, and computer manipulation were first published as cover art for the most acclaimed fantasy comic book series of the decade.
Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 1st 1998 by Watson-Guptill Publications (first published December 1st 1997)
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A book about the wonderful work of Dave McKean for the Sandman comics. There really isn't much else to say - if you love Dave McKean's artwork you will love this book. Each cover has a story, and all the little details will have you stare at the images for a long time. It's interesting to see how his work evolved over the years, and the commentary from both the artist and Neil Gaiman (who also wrote a short story for the book) is funny and insightful.

Definitely worth it if...more
I love Dave McKean's art, so even if I weren't a Sandman fan this book would've been in my library. As it is, it was McKean that got me into Sandman (and vice versa), so this was a natural.
While this oversized book does collect all the individual issue covers for the Sandman series including the special & gallery issues (all sans title, price, logo, indicia, etc.), it is by no means a comprehensive collection of the Sandman-related covers. Almost none of the hardcover collection jackets are...more
Pagina 110: la famosa copertina di Brief Lives:
ricordata così da Neil Gaiman:
"When I wrote Sandman Dave was my best and sharpest critic. He painted, built, or constructed every Sandman cover, and his was the face Sandman presented to the world.
... remembering Arcimbaldo and Josh Kirby's old Alfred Hitchcock paperback cover paintings, suggesting to him that the cover of Sandman: Brief Lives could be a face made up of faces. This was before Dave owned a c...more
Because I was only a baby when the Sandman single issue comics were being released I am extremely glad that this collection of the original covers was published. Someday, I might be lucky enough to have some of the original issues, but for now I'll have to be satisfied with the collected edition graphic novels and supplementary commentary publications.

This book is very useful not only as a mode of collection, but as a presentation of additional commentary by McKean and Gaiman on the creative pr...more
Valentin Eni
La început imaginile păreau să mă cucerească prin mesajul lor oniric, suprarealist, horific, prin contrastul tipator al culorilor şi al elementelor îmbinate in colaje. Dar în scurt timp m-a dezamagit prin repetitivitatea de la o lucrare la alta, prin senzaţia de amatorism, de kitch, de artă de afiş. Şi, fără o istorie pe care să o ilustreze, lucrările devin pur şi simplu lipsite de sens, nişte divagaţii schizofrenice. Categoric nu este genul de artist care să-mi placă.
Whether you're a fan of the Sandman series or not, there's no denying that Dave McKean, who did all of the Sandman covers, is an incredible artist. This book collects all of those covers, allowing you to view his incredible collage work and use of color in many different ways. A thing of beauty and a joy forever.
Federiken Masters
Feb 02, 2011 Federiken Masters marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Federiken by: Fanatismo
Shelves: pospuestos
Las portadas creo que me las "leí" todas. Lo que no hice fue ni ver la historia extra de ocho páginas ni leer los comentarios que hicieron Gaiman y McKean sobre las setentipico de ya clásicas tapas de Sandman. Con suerte si alguna vez aparece no tan caro...
Aug 02, 2007 Dan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: McKean fans, Gaiman fans, fans of McKeans countless imitators . . .
Shelves: art, graphic
Aside from the chance to see McKeans beautiful covers in their unobstructed glory, this book invaluable for McKean and Gaiman's comentary, with its insights into the processes of two of the turn of the century's most influential artists.
Dave McKean is a visual genius. This is a collection of irrefutable proof of this fact. Enjoy.
Mieczyslaw Kasprzyk
Beautiful. The images are evidence of what is possible in modern-day graphic design.
Enough to interest design geeks and sandman fans (sandfans?) alike. Charming.
A compilation of all the Sandman covers done by McKean...
Emily Childs
I guess I've read all of these. Suffice it to say, I like the Sandman comics.
Sara Forsberg
Visual candy for anyone who's into art, or Sandman, or both.
Not that impressive, beautiful story in the beginning though.
Absolutely beautiful.
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Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist, designer, and film director who has illustrated several books for children, including The Savage by David Almond, and Coraline, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, and The Wolves in the Wall, all by Neil Gaiman. Dave McKean lives in England.
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