“Tug of Love, Baby Eaten By Cows.” That is the title of the September 1988 issue of The Sun newspaper in The Sandman story “Preludes and Nocturnes.” The headline hints that Morpheus, the King of Dreams, has escaped his imprisonment.
The headline acted as an indication for the comic’s writer, Neil Gaiman, many years later.
Gaiman says that “I didn’t, on a gut level, believe that it was all happening until I was being shown around the prop room.”
He added that “I was walking around the props and being shown stuff, and there in front of me was the copy of a Sun newspaper dated September 2022, and ‘Tug of Love Baby Eaten by Cows’ was the headline. I thought, ‘It’s happening, and it’s real, and it’s being made by people who care and who love the original.’”
It’s not that hard to figure out why this show would evoke such passion. The Sandman comic is one of the most popular series in the medium’s history. It had played a pivotal role in changing the perception of comics as a serious storytelling form.
“Like plenty of people at the time, I picked up the first issue of The Sandman as it was published,” explains David S. Goyer. He is one of the executive producers of Sandman. However, Alan Moore started gaining tremendous popularity through Swamp Thing and Watchmen. Since then, plenty of people have been saying that Neil Gaiman was the next big thing from the British invasion.