I’ve had a fondness for the Golden Age Sandman for a long time, only reinforced by the criminally underrated Sandman Mystery Theatre by Matt Wagner, Steven Seagle and Guy Davis. There’s just something great and timeless about a guy in a suit, trenchcoat, fedora and gas mask. I have a smattering of SMT issues, but not the whole run. They are difficult to track down. Someday, I’d like to get the trades collecting the series, but someday I’d like to get a lot of trades collecting a lot of series. So there you go.
Incidentally, I’m a terrible inker. Looking at this piece, while I dislike it in general, I find a cleaner line that I am capable of when I ink something. I’ve always had a problem inking, but it’s really something that’s been bothering me more and more lately. There’s just more control in the pencils, but I am definitely not an admirer of comic art that is reproduced from pencils only. Ink is necessary. I just wish I could do it.
Oh my that is very nice, it really captures the mood. And I agree, Inking can be a bear and can sap the life out of your pencils if you’re not careful.