NewThe Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Publication Reading Order

The Sandman, in the order it was originally released.

The dates given for each issue are the cover dates, as opposed to the actual release dates. While this in not optimal, it’s worth noting that the chronological relationship between any two issues is the same no matter which system of dates is used.

If you’re interested in seeing the actual internal chronology of the stories, you can find that here.

Sandman #1, “Sleep of the Just” (January 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #2, “Imperfect Hosts” (February 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #3, “…Dream a Little Dream of Me.” (March 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #4, “A Hope in Hell” (April 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #5, “Passengers” (May 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #6, “24 Hours” (June 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #7, “Sound and Fury” (July 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #8, “The Sound of Her Wings” (August 1989) Preludes & Nocturnes
Sandman #9, “Tales in the Sand” (September 1989) The Doll’s House
Sandman #10, “The Doll’s House” (November 1989) The Doll’s House
Sandman #11, “Moving In” (December 1989) The Doll’s House
Sandman #12, “Playing House” (January 1990) The Doll’s House
Sandman #13, “Men of Good Fortune” (February 1990) The Doll’s House
Sandman #14, “Collectors” (March 1990) The Doll’s House
Sandman #15, “Into The Night” (April 1990) The Doll’s House
Sandman #16, “Lost Hearts” (June 1990) The Doll’s House
Sandman #17, “Calliope” (July 1990) Dream Country
Sandman #18, “A Dream of a Thousand Cats” (August 1990) Dream Country
Sandman #19, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (September 1990) Dream Country
Sandman #20, “Facade” (October 1990) Dream Country
Sandman #21, “Season of Mists: A Prologue” (November 1990) Season of Mists
Sandman #22, “Season of Mists: Chapter 1” (January 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #23, “Season of Mists: Chapter 2” (February 1991) Season of Mists
The Books of Magic #3, “The Land of Summer’s Twilight” (February 1991) The Books of Magic
Sandman #24, “Season of Mists: Chapter 3” (March 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #25, “Season of Mists: Chapter 4” (April 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #26, “Season of Mists: Chapter 5” (May 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #27, “Season of Mists: Chapter 6” (June 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #28, “Season of Mists: Epilogue” (July 1991) Season of Mists
Sandman #29, “Distant Mirrors: Thermidor” (August 1991) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #30, “Distant Mirrors: August” (September 1991) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #31, “Distant Mirrors: Three Septembers and a January” (October 1991) Fables and Reflections
Sandman Special #1, “The Song of Orpheus” (1991) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #32, “Slaughter on Fifth Avenue” (November 1991) A Game of You
Sandman #33, “Lullabies of Broadway” (December 1991) A Game of You
Sandman #34, “Bad Moon Rising” (January 1992) A Game of You
Sandman #35, “Beginning to See the Light” (February 1992) A Game of You
Sandman #36, “Over the Sea to Sky” (April 1992) A Game of You
Sandman #37, “I Woke Up and One of Us Was Crying” (May 1992) A Game of You
Sandman #38, “Convergence – The Hunt” (June 1992) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #39, “Convergence – Soft Places” (July 1992) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #40, “Convergence – The Parliament of Rooks” (August 1992) Fables and Reflections
Vertigo Preview #1, “Fear of Falling” (late 1992) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #41, “Brief Lives, Chapter 1” (September 1992) Brief Lives
Sandman #42, “Brief Lives, Chapter 2” (October 1992) Brief Lives
Sandman #43, “Brief Lives, Chapter 3” (November 1992) Brief Lives
Sandman #44, “Brief Lives, Chapter 4” (December 1992) Brief Lives
Sandman #45, “Brief Lives, Chapter 5” (January 1993) Brief Lives
Sandman #46, “Brief Lives, Chapter 6” (February 1993) Brief Lives
Sandman #47, “Brief Lives, Chapter 7” (March 1993) Brief Lives
Death: The High Cost of Living #1, “The Spirit of the Stairway” (March 1993) Death: The High Cost of Living
Sandman #48, “Brief Lives, Chapter 8” (April 1993) Brief Lives
Death: The High Cost of Living #2, “A Night to Remember” (April 1993) Death: The High Cost of Living
Sandman #49, “Brief Lives, Chapter 9” (May 1993) Brief Lives
Death: The High Cost of Living #3, “The High Cost of Living” (May 1993) Death: The High Cost of Living
Sandman #50, “Distant Mirrors: Ramadan” (June 1993) Fables and Reflections
Sandman #51, “A Tale of Two Cities” (July 1993) World’s End
Sandman #52, “Cluracan’s Tale” (August 1993) World’s End
Vertigo Jam #1, “The Castle” (August 1993) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #53, “Hob’s Leviathan” (September 1993) World’s End
Sandman #54, “The Golden Boy” (October 1993) World’s End
Sandman #55, “Cerements” (November 1993) World’s End
Sandman #56, “World’s End” (December 1993) World’s End
Sandman #57, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 1” (February 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #58, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 2” (March 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #59, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 3” (April 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #60, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 4” (June 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #61, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 5” (July 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #62, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 6” (August 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #63, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 7” (September 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #64, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 8” (November 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #65, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 9” (December 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #66, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 10” (January 1995) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #67, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 11” (March 1995) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #68, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 12” (May 1995) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #69, “The Kindly Ones, Chapter 13” (July 1994) The Kindly Ones
Sandman #70, “Chapter 1, Which Occurs in the Wake of What Has Gone Before” (August 1995) The Wake
Sandman #71, “Chapter 2, In Which a Wake is Held” (September 1995) The Wake
Sandman Midnight Theatre, (September 1995) Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days
Sandman #72, “Chapter 3, In Which We Wake” (November 1995) The Wake
Sandman #73, “An Epilogue, Sunday Mourning” (December 1995) The Wake
Sandman #74, “Exiles” (January 1996) The Wake
Sandman #75, “The Tempest” (March 1996) The Wake
Death: The Time of Your Life #1, “Things You Just Do When You’re Bored” (April 1996) Death: The Time of Your Life
Death: The Time of Your Life #2, “Imaginary Solutions” (May 1996) Death: The Time of Your Life
Death: The Time of Your Life #3, “The Time of Your Life” (July 1996) Death: The Time of Your Life
Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #1, “The Flowers of Romance” (January 1998) The Absolute Sandman, vol.2
Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #2, “A Winter’s Tale” (January 1999) Death: Deluxe Edition
Sandman: The Dream Hunters (October 1999) The Dream Hunters
Vertigo: Winter’s Edge #3, “Desire – How They Met Themselves” (January 2000) The Absolute Sandman, vol.3
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Dream: The Heart of a Star” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Death: Death and Venice” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Desire: What I’ve Tasted of Desire” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Despair: Fifteen Portraits of Despair” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Delirium: Going Inside” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Destruction: On the Peninsula” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
Sandman: Endless Nights, “Destiny: Endless Nights” (September 2003) Sandman: Endless Nights
The Sandman: Overture #1, “Chapter One” (December 2013) The Sandman: Overture
The Sandman: Overture #2, “Chapter Two” (May 2014) The Sandman: Overture
The Sandman: Overture #3, “Chapter Three” (September 2014) The Sandman: Overture
The Sandman: Overture #4, “Chapter Four” (February 2015) The Sandman: Overture
The Sandman: Overture #5, “Chapter Five” (July 2015) The Sandman: Overture
The Sandman: Overture #6, “Chapter Six” (November 2015) The Sandman: Overture
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