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Sandman (DC)(01 - Wesley Dodds)
Real Name: Wesley Dodds
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Wesley Dodds, the Golden Age Sandman, was the (DC) world's first costumed super-hero--according, at least, to one interpretation of the DCU's internal chronology. (The events of Crisis on Infinite Earths has thrown that interpretation into some doubt. Indeed, Crisis lent seemingly irresolvable doubt to virtually every Golden Age hero's "first appearance in the DCU timeline" date.)

In our world, though, his date of first publication slightly postdates Superman's, is roughly concurrent with Batman's, and significantly postdates the (newspaper) appearances of The Phantom, Zorro, and several other "pulpy" predecessors.

Nevertheless, he is one of the earliest American comic superheroes--despite, like Batman, having no supernatural powers. And certainly, in the 2005 DCU, he can safely be said to predate Superman, Batman, and most other superheroes--even if it's rather more tricky to say with authority that he's the "original" superhero of the DCU. (Events of the 2005/6 Infinite Crisis may shake up the DCU's past once again, though, giving us clearer answers in the near future.)

More apt to solve mysteries than perform super heroic feats, Dodds is usually accompanied by his love interest (and sometimes sidekick) Dian Belmont, as well as his usual sidekick, Sandy the Golden Boy.

Dodds uses the visions received in dreams to solve mysteries.

It's interesting to observe that the Sandman was never given an origin story in the Golden Age.

The Sandman is interesting as well for being the only significant DC hero to have two distinct visual forms in the Golden Age. At right are pictured the "original" look (albeit from Sandman Mystery Theater), and the Simon and Kirby Adventure Comics run.

Served in the U.S. Navy flying planes (Adventure Comics #42)

First Appearance in tights Adventure Comics #69.
Body resurrected and becomes a Black Lantern in Blackest Night: JSA (2010) #1.

First Appearance: Adventure Comics (1938) #40

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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)

A DC Universe Christmas (2000)
Action Comics (1938)
Adventure Comics (1938)
All Star Comics (1999)
All Star Comics Archives (1991)
All-American Comics (1999)
All-Star Comics (1940)
All-Star Comics 80-Page Giant (1999)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Armageddon: Inferno (1992)
Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus (2015)
Blackest Night (2009)
Blackest Night: Black Lantern Corps (2010)
Blackest Night: JSA (2010)
Boy Commandos (1942)
Bug! The Adventures of Forager (2017)
Clásicos DC (1990)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown to Mystery (2007)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC 100-Page Super Spectacular (1971)
DC 2000 (2000)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DC Comics: The Sequential Art of Amanda Conner (2012)
DC Museum Edition (2001)
DC Special (1975)
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (1980)
DC Universe: Origins (2009)
DC/WS DreamWar (2008)
DCE Essentials: The Sandman (2013)
DCU Villains Secret Files (1999)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Detective Comics (1937)
Doomsday Clock (2018)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Flashpoint (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint (2011)
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint Featuring Superman (2012)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Green Lantern Corps Quarterly (1992)
Green Lantern: Brightest Day; Blackest Night (2002)
Guy Gardner: Warrior (1994)
Hellblazer (2015)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Impulse: Bart Saves the Universe (1999)
Infinite Crisis (2005)
Infinity, Inc. (1984)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JLA: The Nail (1998)
JLA: Year One (1998)
JLA/WildC.A.T.s ''Crime Machine'' (1997)
JSA (1999)
JSA 80-Page Giant 2011 (2011)
JSA All-Stars (2010)
JSA Presents: Green Lantern (2008)
JSA Secret Files (1999)
JSA Strange Adventures (2004)
JSA: All Stars (2003)
JSA: Classified (2005)
Justice League (2018)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice Leagues: JLA (2001)
Justice Society of America (1992)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Justice Society of America: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Madame Xanadu (2008)
Manhunter Special (2017)
Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days (1999)
Power Girl (2006)
Sandman Midnight Theatre (1995)
Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993)
Sandman Mystery Theatre: Sleep of Reason (2007)
Scooby-Doo Team-Up (2014)
Secret Origins (1986)
Spider-Man/Red Sonja (2007)
Stanley and His Monster (1993)
Star Spangled Comics (1999)
Starman (1994)
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Tales of the Batman: Alan Brennert (2016)
The Annotated Sandman (2011)
The Boy Commandos by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (2010)
The Brave and the Bold 80 pg. Giant Annual (2001)
The Golden Age (1993)
The Helmet of Fate: Sargon the Sorcerer (2007)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
The Sandman (1989)
The Sandman by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby (2009)
The Sandman Gallery Edition (2015)
The Sandman: A Gallery Of Dreams (1994)
The Spectre (1992)
The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
The Vertigo Encyclopaedia (1993)
The Vertigo Encyclopedia (2008)
The Vertigo Gallery: Dreams and Nightmares (1995)
The Web (2009)
Thrilling Comics (1999)
Transmetropolitan (1997)
Vertigo Preview (1992)
Vertigo Rave (1994)
Vertigo Sampler (1992)
Vertigo X Anniversary (2003)
Vertigo: First Offenses (2005)
Vertigo: Winter's Edge (1998)
Wanted, the World's Most Dangerous Villains (1972)
War of the Gods (1991)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Wonder Woman (1942)
Wonder Woman (1972)
World's Finest Comics (1941)
Young All-Stars (1987)
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994)

Group Affiliation(s):
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Post Crisis)
Black Lantern Corps
Justice Society of America (DC)
U.S. Navy

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