During an interview, Neil Gaiman revealed that the Joker was about to appear in the original Sandman comic series.
During a new interview with Rolling Stone, Gaiman revealed that the Joker was about to appear in the Sandman comics published by Vertigo.
Beforehand, we must remember that when Sandman began his publication he did so as an integral part of the DC Universe, which is why we saw characters like Martian Manhunter, Scarecrow and Etrigan parade in his first issues, so it was likely to see Joker.
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As Gaiman confessed: “No, I don’t regret it. I do not regret. The truth is that if working with the DC universe hadn’t been a constant headache, Sandman probably would have stayed much more closely tied to the DC universe. The reason why after a while the only characters in the DC Universe I would touch would be people like Element Girl, who was so forgotten she didn’t even have a page or an entry in the Who’s Who of the DC Universe, and Prez, the first teen president of the United States, widely considered a joke, was because I kept trying to do things and they were planned and set up and suddenly changed,” Gaiman told the magazine.
Why didn’t Joker make it to the pages of Sandman?
As the author of Sandman mentioned to the aforementioned medium, it was a little more difficult to work with established characters, such as Joker: “DC’s continuity irritated me a lot. For example, at the beginning of the fifth issue of Sandman, John Dee, Dr. Destiny, escapes from Arkham [Asilo], and is supposed to meet the Joker. I had written the entire Joker sequence and all of a sudden I got a phone call saying, ‘Oh no, the Joker just disappeared under the waters of the Gotham River. He thinks he’s dead.’ And I said, ‘Well, he’s not dead. He is the Joker. He will return.’ And they say, ‘Yes. But technically he is now dead. So you have to make him be someone else’. And I said, ‘But he’s Joker. He was a good…OK’. He left it to me, now he’s Scarecrow. But he was that kind of thing. I just said, ‘I can’t be bothered.’ I really can’t be bothered having to change things and rewrite them because someone just threw the Joker in a river.”
Source: Rolling Stone
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