Comic Crowd Sourcing, Round Two: Sandman Letter Columns! Got Them? Win Prizes!

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Earlier this month, I put up a list of over 150 comic books that I needed letter column data from for a research project I’m working on. The response was AMAZING, and I got all of the information I needed in about ten days. Thanks so much to everyone who helped out; it’s so great to have a complete data set.

Inspired by this success, I’ve decided to branch out a bit. All of my initial data was on superhero comics from 1960 to 1999, tracking the female readership of them through letter columns, but I think an interesting comparison to that would be Sandman, a comic that’s said to have had a substantial female audience. The late 80s and early 90s were not great for women in the letter columns of superhero books. Marvel was averaging about 5% women in the books I looked at, well DC was at about 6%. It’d be fascinating to compare this to the letter columns in Sandman, and see what sort of a difference it made in what was a very male dominated industry at the time.

This is where you all come in. I have NO issues of Sandman whatsoever. I’ve got the Absolute editions, and they’re swell, but they don’t have letter columns. There’ll be a full list of Sandman issues at the end of the this post; if you’ve got any, let me know what’s in the letter columns and I’ll cross the issues off the list as data comes in. In return, you’ll be entered in the ongoing contest to win some swell prizes. Here’s how it all works, copied straight from round one:

  1. For every issue listed below that you send me the gender breakdown of the letter writers, you get ONE ENTRY in the contest.
  2. For every issue listed below that you send me a list of all of the names in the letter column, you get TWO ENTRIES.
  3. For every issue listed below that you send me a readable photo or a scan of the letter column, you get THREE ENTRIES.

These entries go into a raffle, the prizes for which are these:

GRAND PRIZE: $25 US

SECOND PRIZE: $15 US

THIRD PRIZE: $10 US (awarded to three winners!)

So five prizes are up for grabs, in various denominations, and I will give them to you in whatever format you’d like. Straight cash? Sure. Amazon gift card? No problem. Comixology credit? Can do. McDonald’s gift certificates? Okay. Is BitCoin still a thing? Because I’ll get you some. All in pennies? That would be super annoying, but I’ll do it.

Moreover, because of the nature of the contest, you could win more than one prize! If you’ve got every issues of Sandman and send me tons of data and I can close this thing down tomorrow, guess what? You’re probably going to get some prizes. Conversely, if you’ve only got a few of these books, you’re still in the mix if you send the data along!

Plus, win or lose, you’re helping with some fun research. I’m putting together a really interesting portrait of comic book audiences over this decade that I think will make for an enjoyable read and be helpful for other researchers and historians.

Figuring out the data is pretty simple. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re reading a letter column:

  • The gender of each writer is pretty obvious from their name. Richard is probably a guy and Rebecca is probably a girl. Stick with what’s obvious.
  • There are some ambiguous names, like a Pat or a Sandy or some such. If you’re not sure of a name, don’t count it but let me know the name.
  • Do the same with initials or letter writers who use weird pseudonyms or titles.
  • With some ambiguous names, the text of their letter may reveal their gender, so it never hurts to read the letter if you aren’t sure.
  • Some issues won’t have letter columns. That’s fine, and important information that will get you a contest entry. Just say there’s no column in the issue.
  • If you have any other questions or aren’t sure about something, just let me know the name(s) and I’ll figure it out!

Here’s a hypothetical rough idea of what I’m looking for with each issue:

Sandman #45 – 6 men, 3 women,  2 unknown = Sandy Jones, T.K. Smith

And that’s it! You can add more information or send pictures for more entries, but this is the core of what I’m looking for.

To participate in the contest, send the information to:

comicletters@gmail.com

Thanks so much, everyone! The first round was a huge success, and I’m hoping to get another big response here. This’ll be the last round, too, so it’s your final chance to get on board to win prizes and/or be a part of fun comic book history research. Any information you can provide will be hugely helpful!

Here are all of the issues:

  • Sandman #1 (1989)
  • Sandman #2 (1989)
  • Sandman #3 (1989)
  • Sandman #4 (1989)
  • Sandman #5 (1989)
  • Sandman #6 (1989)
  • Sandman #7 (1989)
  • Sandman #8 (1989)
  • Sandman #9 (1989)
  • Sandman #10 (1989)
  • Sandman #11 (1989)
  • Sandman #12 (1990)
  • Sandman #13 (1990)
  • Sandman #14 (1990)
  • Sandman #15 (1990)
  • Sandman #16 (1990)
  • Sandman #17 (1990)
  • Sandman #18 (1990)
  • Sandman #19 (1990)
  • Sandman #20 (1990)
  • Sandman #21 (1990)
  • Sandman #22 (1991)
  • Sandman #23 (1991)
  • Sandman #24 (1991)
  • Sandman #25 (1991)
  • Sandman #26 (1991)
  • Sandman #27 (1991)
  • Sandman #28 (1991)
  • Sandman #29 (1991)
  • Sandman #30 (1991)
  • Sandman #31 (1991)
  • Sandman #32 (1991)
  • Sandman #33 (1991)
  • Sandman #34 (1992)
  • Sandman #35 (1992)
  • Sandman #36 (1992)
  • Sandman #37 (1992)
  • Sandman #38 (1992)
  • Sandman #39 (1992)
  • Sandman #40 (1992)
  • Sandman #41 (1992)
  • Sandman #42 (1992)
  • Sandman #43 (1992)
  • Sandman #44 (1992)
  • Sandman #45 (1993)
  • Sandman #46 (1993)
  • Sandman #47 (1993)
  • Sandman #48 (1993)
  • Sandman #49 (1993)
  • Sandman #50 (1993)
  • Sandman #51 (1993)
  • Sandman #52 (1993)
  • Sandman #53 (1993)
  • Sandman #54 (1993)
  • Sandman #55 (1993)
  • Sandman #56 (1993)
  • Sandman #57 (1994)
  • Sandman #58 (1994)
  • Sandman #59 (1994)
  • Sandman #60 (1994)
  • Sandman #61 (1994)
  • Sandman #62 (1994)
  • Sandman #63 (1994)
  • Sandman #64 (1994)
  • Sandman #65 (1995)
  • Sandman #66 (1995)
  • Sandman #67 (1995)
  • Sandman #68 (1995)
  • Sandman #69 (1995)
  • Sandman #70 (1995)
  • Sandman #71 (1995)
  • Sandman #72 (1995)
  • Sandman #73 (1995)
  • Sandman #74 (1996)
  • Sandman #75 (1996)

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