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Sandman (Wesley Dodds)
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Publication informationPublisher
 Adventure Comics
#40 (July 1939)
In-story informationAlter ego
Wesley Bernard "Wes" Dodds
Team affiliations
Notable aliases
Grainy Gladiator 
Prophetic Dreams
Chemist and inventor 
Superb athlete
Hand to hand combatant
Skilled detective
Gas mask and gun
Wesley Dodds
), is a fictional character ,a superhero who appears in comic  books  published by DC Comics.The first of several DC characters to bear the name, he was created by writer  Gardner Fox and artist Bert Christman.  Attired in a green business suit, fedora,and gas mask ,the Sandman used a gun emitting a sleeping gas to sedate criminals. He was originally one of the mystery men to appear in comic books and other types of adventure fiction in the 1930s but later developed into a proper superhero, acquiring sidekick  Sandy,and founding the Justice Society of  America. Like most DC Golden Age superheroes, the Sandman fell into obscurity in the 1940sand eventually other DC characters took his name. During the 1990s, when writer   NeilGaiman's 
 (featuring Morpheus, the anthropomorphic embodiment of dreams)  was popular, DC revived Dodds in 
,a pulp/noir series set inthe 1930s.
Wizard Magazine
ranked Wesley Dodds among the Top 200 Comic Book Characters of All Time, and he is the oldest superhero in terms of continuity to appear on the list.
Publication history
Golden Age of comic books
Artist Bert Christman and writer  Gardner Fox are generally credited as co-creating the original, Wesley Dodd version of the DC Comics character the Sandman. While the character's first appearance is usually given as 
 #40(cover-dated July 1939), he also appeared in DC Comics' 1939 
omnibus,which historians believe appeared on newsstands one to two weeks earlier, while also believing the
 Adventure Comics
story was written and drawn first.
 Each of the twostories' scripts were credited to the  pseudonym "Larry Dean"; Fox wrote the untitled, 10-page story in
 New York World's Fair 
 while he simply plotted, and Christmanscripted, the untitled, six-page story, generally known as "The Tarantula Strikes", in
 Creig Flessel,who drew many early Sandman adventures, has sometimes been credited as co-creator on the basis of drawing the Sandman cover of 
  but no other evidence has surfaced.Following these two first appearances,the feature "The Sandman" continued to appear  in the omnibus
 Adventure Comics
through #102 (March 1945). One of the medium's seminal "mystery men", as referred to at the time, the Sandman straddled the  pulpmagazine detective tradition and the emerging superhero tradition by dint of his dual identity and his fanciful, masked attire and weapon: an exotic "gas gun" that couldcompel villains to tell the truth, as well as put them to sleep. Unlike many superheroes, he frequently found himself the victim of gunshot wounds, both in the Golden Age andin stories in DC's modern-day Vertigo imprint, and he would continue fighting in spite of his injuries.In his early career, Dodds (the character's surname was given as "Dodd" in his first four appearances; he became "Dodds" in
 Adventure Comics
#44) was frequently aided by hisgirlfriend, Dian Belmont,who is aware of his dual identity. Unlike many superhero love interests, Belmont was often, though not always,
  portrayed as an equal partner of theSandman, rather than a damsel in distress. Later stories would reveal that the tworemained together for the duration of their lives, though they never married.The Sandman was one of the original members of the Justice Society of America when that superhero team was introduced in
 All Star Comics
#3, published by All-AmericanComics,one of the companies that would merge to form DC.In
 Adventure Comics
#69 (December 1941), Dodds was given a yellow-and-purplecostume by writer  Mort Weisinger  and artist Paul Norris,as well as a yellow-clad kid sidekick, Sandy the Golden Boy,nephew of Dian Belmont. Later that year, the celebrated team of  Joe Simon and Jack Kirby took over this version of the character .
 In 1942, Dodds elisted in the U.S. Army and served as an anti-aircraft gunner during World War II.

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