DC/Vertigo Connections

Due to some backdoor distribution deals, all books under the Vertigo brand (with the exceptions of Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing) will not be in our library for the foreseeable future.

But if you want a complete look at the DC Universe, there are a few Vertigo titles that do tie into the dealings of the primary continuity.

These comics fall into three categories: I’d call them first degree connections, or books that directly overlap with the DC Universe at some point; second degree connections, or books which overlap with those first degree books; and “Vertigo Visions”, which provide an unconnected Vertigo reinterpretation of a DCU character. For those of you hunting to complete your personal DCU archives, I have listed them below. If I’ve missed any, or you feel I’ve miscategorized, please let me know.

FIRST DEGREE:
Animal Man (1988-1995)
Black Orchid (1988)
The Books of Magic (1990)
Hellblazer (1988-2013)
Madame Xanadu (2008-2011)
The Sandman (1989-1996)
Sandman Mystery Theatre (1993-1999)
The Sandman: Overture (2014-2015)
Shade, The Changing Man (1990-1996)

SECOND DEGREE:
The Books of Magic (1994-2000)
The Books of Magic (2018-Present)
The Books of Faerie (1997-1999)
The Children’s Crusade (1993)
Dark Entries (2010)
The Dead Boy Detectives (2005)
Death: At Death’s Door (2003)
Death: The High Cost of Living (1993)
Death: The Time of Your Life (1996)
Delirium’s Party: A Little Endless Storybook (2011)
Destiny: A Chronicle of Deaths Foretold (2000)
The Dreaming (1996-2001)
The Dreaming (2018-Present)
The Girl Who Would Be Death (1999)
God Save the Queen (2007)
Heartland (1997)
Hellblazer: All His Engines (2005)
Hellblazer: City of Demons (2011)
Hellblazer: Pandemonium (2010)
Hellblazer Presents: Chas — The Knowledge (2008)
Hellblazer Special: Bad Blood (2000)
Hellblazer Special: Lady Constantine (2004)
Hellblazer Special: Papa Midnite (2005)
The Horrorist (1995)
House of Mystery (2008-2011)
House of Whispers (2018-Present)
Hunter: The Age of Magic (2001-2003)
The Little Endless Storybook (2001)
Lucifer (1999-2006)
Lucifer (2015-2017)
Lucifer (2018-Present)
The Names of Magic (2001)
Sandman: The Dream Hunters (2000)
The Sandman: Endless Nights (2003)
Sandman Midnight Theatre (1995)
The Sandman Presents: Bast — Eternity Game (2003)
The Sandman Presents: The Corinthian — Dead in Venice (2001)
The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives (2001)
The Sandman Presents: Everything You Wanted to Know About Dreams… But Were Afraid to Ask (2001)
The Sandman Presents: The Furies (2002)
The Sandman Presents: Love Street (1999)
The Sandman Presents: Lucifer — The Morningstar Option (1999)
The Sandman Presents: Merv Pumpkinhead, Agent of D.R.E.A.M. (2000)
The Sandman Presents: Petrefax (2000)
The Sandman Presents: Thessaliad (2002)
The Sandman Presents: Thessaly — Witch for Hire (2004)
The Trenchcoat Brigade (1999)
The Un-Men (2007)
Vertigo: Winter’s Edge (1997-1999)
WitchCraft (1994)
WitchCraft: La Terreur (1998)

VERTIGO VISIONS:
Beware the Creeper (2003)
Dark Night: A True Batman Story (2016)
Deadman (2006)
House of Secrets (1996-1998)
House of Secrets: Facade (2001)
Human Target (1999)
Human Target: Final Cut (2002)
Human Target (2003-2005)
It’s a Bird… (2004)
Kid Eternity (1991)
Kid Eternity (1993-1994)
The Losers (2003-2006)
Scalped (2007-2012)
Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place (2003)
Unknown Soldier (2008-2010)
Vertigo Visions: The Geek (1993)
Vertigo Visions: Phantom Stranger (1993)
Vertigo Visions: Doctor Occult (1994)
Vertigo Visions: Prez (1995)
Vertigo Visions: Tomahawk (1998)
Vertigo Visions: Doctor Thirteen (1998)

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Thanks for this! Would love to have all of Vertigo on here eventually of course, but am really curious about Black Orchid.

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Black Orchid is one of my all time favorite Vertigo books! It features, in my opinion, an even more effectively chilling vision of Arkham Asylum than Morrison’s graphic novel. I highly recommend it.

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The Neil Gaiman/Dave McKean miniseries of Black Orchid is an obscure little gem. Highly recommended, like anything McKean draws or Gaiman writes.

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Yeah, it feels like a great little test run before they really take off in Sandman together.

Great Report!! I miss the days of Hub City Investigations!

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They’ve been reborn as ASK… THE QUESTION, Nathan.

UPDATE: Thanks once more to Swamp Thing, we now have access to MADAME XANADU, HOUSE OF MYSTERIES, and VERTIGO VISIONS: PHANTOM STRANGER!

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What was Scalped a reimagining of? I thought that was just something Jason Aaron came up with…

Scalped was a complete reimagining of Scalphunter, an old Western DC hero.

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Wow, okay. That’s a deep cut. Thanks @HubCityQuestion!

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For those of you that are itching to read some Vertigo books give ComiXology Unlimited a look. It’s rare to find a complete series run available through the service but often a few storylines.

Ones I didn’t see on the list:

(I’m assuming the Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol series weren’t listed because they’re on the service.)

Angel and the Ape (2001)
Congo Bill (1999)
El Diablo (2001)
The Haunted Tank (2009)
Hellblazer/The Books of Magic (1997)
Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such (1995)
Jonah Hex: Shadows West (1999)
Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo (1993)
Jonny Double (1998)
Lucifer: Nirvana (2002)
Mobfire (1994)
Scarab (1993)
Skin Graft: The Adventures of a Tattooed Man (1993)
Swamp Thing: Roots (1998)
Uncle Sam (1997)
Unknown Soldier (1997)
Zatanna: Everyday Magic (2003)

Some one-shot and limited series anthologies that share names with previous DC series. Not sure if that makes them connected, but thought they were worth listing:

Ghosts (2012)
Mystery In Space (2012)
Strange Adventures (1999)
Strange Adventures (2011)
Strange Sports Stories (2015)
Time Warp (2013)
The Unexpected (2011)
Weird War Tales (1997)
Weird War Tales (2000)
Weird Western Tales (2001)
The Witching Hour (1999)
The Witching Hour (2013)

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There’s a Vertigo iteration of Angel and The Ape? I’m intrigued.