Series Spotlight – Neil Gaiman’s Sandman

Welcome back everyone, today we’ll be looking at OA from Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed fan-favourite series, Sandman! Sandman is one of the most important works in comic book history – it helped the comic book medium gain attention and credibility in the wider literary field, as well as continues to bring in new readers from outside comic book circles. The main 75-issue series written by Gaiman ran from 1989 to 1996; there are also several spinoff mini-series.

Enticingly for comic art fans, a plethora of high profile artists illustrated the Sandman main series and its spinoff titles. I feel that the varied art styles in Sandman, in conjunction with Gaiman’s writing, keeps the series stimulating and fresh as it progresses, along with appealing to a wide range of audiences. Sandman’s evergreen allure is readily apparent from the fact that its collected editions, especially Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes, continually appear on present day sales charts.

Side Note: I believe that collected editions (and online availability) of seminal arcs/runs play a crucial role in determining the value of said OA. By continually printing and circulating these stories, the property is maintained in the public eye, attracting new fans and rekindling interest in existing fans. This likely translates to increased, sustained demand for OA from these stories, resulting in stable or appreciating prices for the artwork. Some other prime examples are Image’s Walking Dead, DC’s Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns, and Marvel’s Civil War and Infinity Gauntlet.

Ok back to Sandman! There’s a general hierarchy of Sandman interior page pencillers by price – the big guns in descending order are: Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, Kelley Jones and Chris Bachalo. All Sandman covers were crafted by Dave McKean. [A guide to OA prices for a wide range of artists can be found in this thread in the CGC Forum. The A-level panel page valuations by artist/run thread provides some generally agreed upon price ranges for A-level pages from popular runs by popular artists.]

And now here’s a selection of recent Sandman OA sales, along with artwork for sale!

Sam Kieth

Top quality Sandman interior panel pages by Kieth generally sell for between $10k to $20k. Kieth pages are probably the most in-demand Sandman OA, and public availability of such pieces is rare.

Mike Dringenberg

Top quality Sandman interior panel pages by Dringenberg also generally sell for between $10k to $20k, and public availability of such pieces is equally rare.

Kelley Jones

Top quality Sandman interior panel pages by Jones generally sell for between $5k to $10k. In recent years, among the Sandman pencillers, Jones pages have been the most frequently available. This by no means indicates a glut, however, as prices have remained firm.

Sandman #22, page 11 by Kelley Jones & Malcolm Jones III – Sold for $3,422 in June 2016

Chris Bachalo

Top quality Death and Sandman interior panel pages by Bachalo generally sell for between $5k to $10k. Out of all the Sandman artistic teams, Bachalo-Buckingham may well be my favourite!

Death: The High Cost of Living #2, page 9 by Chris Bachalo & Mark Buckingham – Sold for $3,909 in October 2016

Other Artists

Other artists of note who have worked on Sandman include Jon J. Muth, Jill Thompson and Charles Vess. Thompson’s prices have moved up to between $3k to $5k for top quality interior panel pages.

Dave McKean

McKean’s trademark mixed media Sandman covers are instantly recognizable and highly sought after. Given what top quality interior pages go for, I think prices for his covers are good value indeed!

Where can I buy Sandman OA?

Here are a few pieces which you can consider adding to your collection!

Finally, enjoy browsing some fine Sandman art in CAF members’ galleries.

Until next time, happy collecting!

 

Here’s Part 1 & Part 2 of the guide to collecting original comic art; and my CAF gallery.

Original Art Aficionado archive

 

5 comments

  • Avatar

    Thanks for your articles Dick, I really enjoy them. I kept saying to my ex’s years ago I wanted to get into OA, but they always seemed to have other uses for my money! Kinda regret it now.

    Is there any chance you could do an article on speculating on lower priced pieces that may heat up in the future? I think most people would baulk at some of the above prices, but would be great to get in on the ground floor on something that may go to these levels in the future.

  • Avatar

    Thanks for another great article. As an OA collector, I really look forward to these every week. I’m actually right in the middle of my annual Sandman re-read, so this one is especially pertinent. I really started getting into OA sometime around 2007, and as you well know it becomes somewhat of an obsession. Here’s my CAF gallery, just for the heck of it: http://www.comicartfans.com/GalleryDetail.asp?GCat=30149
    Thanks again!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.