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1. The Sandman
Created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg (DC Comics/Vertigo, 1989)
"The Sandman" can be classified as fantasy because, like dreams, "Sandman" can comfortably exist in any genre. Neil Gaiman's masterful tale of the living embodiment of dreaming created a movement of mature dark fantasy that is still fueling non-super-hero comics of today. No two issues of "Sandman" are alike; some very classical fantasy, some contemporary metaphysical urban fantasies, others historical dramas, and even some outliers that are altogether indescribable. "Sandman" set the bar for mature storytelling in fantastical settings. One issue can be a treatise on a forgotten super hero set firmly in the DC Universe, the next, a standalone epic fantasy, and the following story, a soul chilling horror tale. "Sandman's" heartbeat was firmly in the horror genre, but its nervous system was fantasy, with a number of quest-driven narratives that were unlike anything experienced in literature, comics or otherwise. "Sandman" launched the Vertigo line of comics for DC, and ushered Gaiman into the rarified air of comic book legend. It broke new ground, but the genesis of the story could be traced back to fantasy and folk lore, making Sandman the greatest and most daring fantasy comic of all time.