Mr. Sandman…Again

It’s now Day 23 of Howard Simp­son’s month-long Jack Kir­by Trib­ute. Any cre­atives are free to play along, and you can find their posts on your favorite social media plat­forms with the hash­tag #Kir­b­yArt­Trib­ut­es.

Today’s prompt is “Draw a char­ac­ter or scene from Jack Kir­by’s Sand­man series. (Gar­rett San­ford).” That last part threw me slight­ly. So far as I knew, the char­ac­ter nev­er had a name. But I dis­cov­ered it was some­thing added by oth­ers lat­er on.

Once I got past my slight con­fu­sion over the oth­er name, I knew which Sand­man was being talked about. Jack and Joe Simon had done their take on Sand­man for DC ear­li­er, in the Gold­en Age (I drew him ear­li­er here). Late in Jack­’s time at DC in the ’70s, the con­cept was revis­it­ed and rein­vent­ed from the ground up. The script for the first issue was by Joe Simon, which (unless I’m mis­tak­en) was the first time Joe and Jack had been teamed togeth­er on a com­ic since they dis­solved their part­ner­ship back in the ’50s.

This book is a bit of an odd one. It had no con­nec­tion to any of the oth­er titles Jack was doing for DC then, and was tonal­ly dif­fer­ent from all of them, seem­ing to skew more towards younger read­ers. Though that first issue man­aged some creepy scenes with the Werblink dolls.

I recall read­ing Carmine Infan­ti­no say­ing that Sand­man sold real­ly well for DC. I guess they were caught off-guard, because there’s a gap of a year between issue #1 and #2! And while Kir­by did all the cov­ers, he was­n’t back doing the inte­ri­ors until issue #4. They only got six issues out total. Issue #6 had Wal­ly Wood inking!

Any­way, in addi­tion to Sand­man him­self, I drew his side­kicks Brute and Glob. I kind of wavered on the silli­ness of hav­ing Glob give him rab­bit ears, but felt ulti­mate­ly like it would be right for that book and these char­ac­ters, tonally.

Hope you like it, and please feel free to tune back in tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “Mr. Sandman…Again

  1. joe musich

    An inter­a­tion of Sand­man I had no idea exist­ed. Well, there is a lot of that. When I went into one of the first comic­shops to exist, I was pret­ty focused on Shaz­am stuff. Yeah, this Sand­man cer­tain­ly dis­con­nect­ed from New Gods mate­r­i­al. I was able to find a first issue on line; I have to say that there were a cou­ple of images in that first issue remind­ful of oth­er Kir­by big­ger names from that era. Your ren­di­tion is bright­ly and bril­liant­ly brim­ming with comic­book boun­ty. More books to find now. I would love to see the Wood inks. Thanks Mark.

    1. Mark Post author

      Glad you enjoyed it.
      Wood only inked the last issue (#6). Inspired by see­ing what Mike Roy­er did, he kind of took a dif­fer­ent tack from how he’d approached ink­ing Kir­by in the past.
      While Jack did cov­ers on issues #1–5, he only did the inte­ri­ors for issue #1 and #4–6.


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