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The Sandman (1989) - #31
"Three Septembers and a January"
DC Comics

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Neil Gaiman

Shawn McManus

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Daniel Vozzo

Todd Klein

Karen Berger
Alisa Kwitney - 'Alisa Sheckley'

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Cover Date: October 1991
Cover Price: US $ 1.50

Issue Tagline: none

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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Distant Mirrors

This story is a fanciful take on Joshua Norton, a real-life man who, in 1859, declared himself Emperor Norton I of America. This issue summarizes his adventures from that point until his death. In this version of his story, he is set out on his path by Dream after Despair challenges him, backed by Desire and Despair.

Reprinted/Collected in:
The Annotated Sandman (2011) HC vol. 02
Essential Vertigo: The Sandman (1996) #31
Sandman (2002) TPB vol. 10
The Sandman (1989) Absolute Edition vol. 02
The Sandman (1989) HC vol. 06
The Sandman (1989) HC vol. 06 (2nd edition)
The Sandman (1989) Recolored Edition TPB vol. 06
The Sandman (1989) The Sandman Omnibus Vol. 1
The Sandman (1989) TPB vol. 06
The Sandman (1989) TPB vol. 06 (10th Printing)
The Sandman (1989) TPB vol. 06 (4th Printing)
The Sandman (1989) TPB vol. 06 (9th Printing)

The title of this story is based upon the title of the movie "Four Weddings and a Funeral", written by a friend of Neil Gaiman's around the time this issue was written, though the movie was not made until a few years later.

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