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Sandman Special #1
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SANDMAN SPECIAL #1
November 1991 [$3.50]

Cover Credit: Dave McKean (art; signed)

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Story: "The Song of Orpheus" (48 Pages)

Credits:

Neil Gaiman (plot, script)
Bryan Talbot (pencils)
Mark Buckingham (inks)
Todd Klein (letters)
Daniel Vozzo (colors)
Alisa Kwitney (assistant edits)
Karen Berger (edits)

Feature Character:

Orpheus (first chronological appearance; next in Sandman Vol. 2 #23)

Supporting Characters:

Aristaeus (a satyr, first appearance)
Eurydice (Orpheus' wife, first appearance, dies)

Guest Appearances:

Sandman/Oneiros (last in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #9, next in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #30)
Death/Teleute (first chronological appearance; next in Sandman Vol. 2 #13)
Despair/Aponia (first chronological appearance; next flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #41)
Delirium/Mania (first chronological appearance; next in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #47)
Desire/Epithumia (last behind-the-scenes in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #9, next in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #47)
Destruction/Olethros (first appearance; next in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #41)
Destiny/Potmos (first chronological appearance; next in flashback in Sandman Vol. 2 #47)
Hades (could be in the form of the Roman avatar Pluto; last in ?, next in ?)
Persephone (could be in the form of the Roman avatar Proserpine, last in ?, next in ?)

Other Characters:

Calliope (Orpheus' mother, first chronological appearance, next in Sandman Vol. 2 #17)
priest of Hymenaeus (first and last appearance)
Charon (first chronological appearance, next in Wonder Woman #?)
Cerberus (behind the scenes, first chronological appearance, next in Aquaman #?)
Ixion (prisoner in Hades, first appearance)
Tityus (prisoner in Hades, first appearance)
Tantalus (prisoner in Hades, first appearance); the Furies of Hades (the Three Witches, last in ?, next in ?); the Bacchante (raging female worshippers of Dionysus, first appearance)

Geographical Locations:

Hades
Styx

Synopsis:

Orpheus, the bard of Greek myth, is here revealed as the son of Oneiros (Sandman/Morpheus/Dream) and the muse Calliope. On the day of his wedding to Eurydice, his bride tragically dies from a snakebite. Overcome with grief, Orpheus petitions Oneiros' help to revive Eurydice, but ends up disavowing his father when he is unwilling to help. Uncle Olethros (Destruction) and aunt Teleute (Death) prove more cooperative, though, and send Orpheus to plead his case before Hades, the ruler of the Greek underworld. After being granted his wish of getting Eurydice back, Orpheus foolishly questions the word of Hades, and Eurydice is lost forever to him. The only way for Orpheus to return from Hades was if Death agreed never to take him, so when the grieving Orpheus is later torn apart by the Bacchante, the mad worshippers of Dionysus, his head survives. Condemned to eternal life as a severed head, Orpheus is cared for by priests who have been visited by Oneiros in their dreams.

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