A Death Gallery

 DEAO   (Vertigo, 1994)

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Death has been portrayed in many forms in literature, from the grim reaper—scythe in hand—to a dark angel with great black wings. In Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Death is something else again. She’s a gentle soul, kind and understanding. Gaiman relates how he had met with artist Dave McKean in a London pancake house to discuss her appearance. Before he could show McKean the concept sketches, Gaiman realized that their waitress, an elfin, slightly gothed-out girl wearing an ankh was perfect for the role. He never did show McKean the sketches that day.

Fresh from starring in the mini-series Death: The High Cost of Living, Gaiman’s Death is now spotlighted in this one-shot special. A Death Gallery consists entirely of various artists’ renditions of Death: from the beautiful painted illustrations Jon J. Muth and George Pratt, to lighthearted treatments by Fred Hembeck and Gahan Wilson.

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Portraits; ca. 1994Neil GaimanDave McKean, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan, Michael Zulli, P. Craig Russell, Charles Vess, Brian Bolland, Jeff Smith, Adam Hughes, Mark Buckingham, Mike Allred, Geoffrey Darrow, Kent Williams, Vincent Locke, Paul Chadwick, Joe Phillips, Alison Seiffer, Clive Barker, Jill Karla Schwarz, Arthur Adams, Jill Thompson, Michael W. Kaluta, Colleen Doran, Dave Gibbons, Brandon Peterson, Jon J. Muth, George Pratt, Gahan Wilson, Reed Waller, Joe Quesada, Bryan Talbot, Marc Hempel, Neil Gaiman