Monday, April 13, 2015
Number 1721: “His guns bring sleep” — the original Sandman
According to information I have collected online about this story, it was the first Sandman to appear, although not the first drawn. That was published in Adventure Comics #40, which appeared a mere couple of weeks after the World’s Fair tie-in. The Sandman, Wesley Dodds, was yet another rich guy who went out and dispensed justice. The character, as with many early comic book characters of the era, was directly inspired by pulp magazines.
Christman was an obvious professional whose slick drawings were in the style of Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates. He had drawn the Scorchy Smith newspaper strip for a time. His life and career were cut short by World War II. A volunteer member of the famous Flying Tigers, Christman was shot down over Burma and killed in January, 1942. A short biography of Christman is available at the online Warbird Forum.