Before you watched the Netflix show you listened to the audiobook. Before you listened to the audiobook you read the comics. If you are a regular reader of Cracked, there is a high chance that you have seen, heard, or read about The Sandman.

Way back in the now-ancient time of 1989, Neil Gaiman presented us a world in which dreams and sleep were surveilled and ruled under a stoic lord that went by many names: Morpheus, The Lord Shaper, Kai’ckul, and Dream of the Endless. Or, you know, The Sandman. You probably know all of this. But do you truly know your Sandman?

We have spent a few restless nights gathering up some behind the scenes facts about the making of The Sandman comic book and the show that even most strident fans may not have known, whether awake or in The Dreaming. Have a look at some of these facts, won’t you?


SANOMAN It's connected to Lucifer. Lucifer Morningstar as portrayed by Tom Ellis is based on Neil Gaiman's version from The Sandman. However, for the Sandman Netflix show they wanted a fresh start, so they cast Gwendoline Christie instead. CRACKED.COM


Names of the Sandman

CRACKED.COM The Sandman has many names. Dream of the Endless, Morpheus, Lord Shaper, Oneiros, Lord L'Zoril, Lord of the Dreaming, Kai'ckul, and Murphy are just some of the ones we know. SANOMAN T H E

Source: CBR

Phantom Stranger

CRACKED.COM SANOMAN E H Neil Gaiman's original pitch was about the Phantom Stranger. Gaiman pitched a tale featuring the Spirit of Justice, but editor Karen Berger turned it down. She did like his other ideas, though.

Source: Mental Floss

Literary Award

SANOMAN H The Sandman #19 won a literary award among controversy. The 1991 World Fantasy Awards gave the comic the honor of Best Short Story, among protests that comics shouldn't even be eligible. The awards have since created a special category to include comics. HONGA GRACKED.COM

Source: Chicago Tribune

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

CRACKED.COM the a SANOMAN H w We almost had a Sandman movie starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Among all the attempted adaptations, one was going to be produced by and starring JGL. Не left the project in 2016, citing creative differences with the studio.

Source: 15 Facts

Justice League

...yes, It Is. I am Dream of the Endless, and I have come to tell you that this nightmare... has onlyjust begun. The Sandman crossed paths with the Justice League. Dream is considered an elder god by the Martian Manhunter, and Dream's successor Daniel had more adventures with the League in their comics. SANOMAN T E H CRACKED.COM

Source: CBR

Daniel Hall

faces. Once my name was Daniel. I am the King of Dreams. it 959 Dream's replacement is named Daniel for a reason. Not only does his name start with a D like the names of the Endless, but Daniel was a Biblical prophet known for interpreting dreams. SANOMAN - H E CRACKED.COM

Source: DC Database

Best Seller

CRACKED.COM SANOMAN The comic was on the New York Times Bestseller List. Before manga and graphic novels had their own category, The Sandman was a New York Times Best Seller, which only a few other comics such as Watchmen, Maus, and The Dark Knight Returns had managed.

Source: GQ

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