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maxsindiecomics · 10 months ago
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The Sandman: Endless Nights OGN - Destiny (September, 2003)
writer: Neil Gaiman | artist: Frank Quitely | letters: Todd Klein | executive editor: Karen Berger | group editor: Shelly Bond | assistant editor: Mariah Huehner | book design: Dave McKean | publishing company: Vertigo [DC Comics]
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midniter · 5 days ago
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You will spend time in the realm of each of [Destiny’s] siblings - you will dream, despair, desire, destroy, delight and otherwise, and, eventually, die - but you were his from the very first page, and only he will read how your story comes out, a long time from now.
The Endless in THE SANDMAN: ENDLESS NIGHTS
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thenightling · a year ago
Can you tell me more about Destiny as horror host?
Sure.
Back in the 1960s and 70s DC was really into horror anthology comics.  They wanted to carry on where EC left off but with their own horror hosts.
Cain was essentially DC’s knock-off of The Crypt Keeper.  Abel was their equivalent to The Vault Keeper.   
The Sandman characters who began as horror hosts are
Cain, who began hosting The House of Mystery at issue 175.   His creation was DC going “To Hell with the comics code!  We want old school Gothic horror again!”  Abel came shortly after and hosted The House of Secrets.  
Here’s something interesting for you.   House of Secrets was a spin-off of The House of Mystery.  And from House of Secrets we get Swamp Thing (which began as a story in the horror anthology).   From Swamp Thing we get John Constantine.  So that means Hellblazer is a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off, of a Spin-off.   And then we get Sandman- which used the characters from House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Swamp Thing, and Hellblazer.   Eve used to host Secrets of Sinister House.Lucien The Librarian hosted Tales of Ghost Castle.  His comic didn’t last very long at all.  He would read stories from the library of a ruined castle, which Neil heavily indicated was Dream’s castle, while Morpheus was imprisoned and the castle was falling into ruin.  Much like The House of Mystery and the House of Secrets, the castle could appear in The Waking World and The Dreaming.  
Lucien also kept a werewolf as a pet.  He named this pet werewolf Rover.  I don’t know if this counts as slavery, kink, or just a misguided pet dynamic but it’s only vaguely referenced in issue 38 of Sandman where Morpheus makes a quip about Lucien bringing home strays when he brings the werewolf protagonist into the castle.
The Hecatae AKA The Three-in-one, The Fates / The Furies / The Kindly Ones began as horror hosts for The Witching Hour.  Morpheus even name drops the title when invoking them.  And they introduce themselves by their horror hostess names.
The Mad Mod Witch AKA The Fashion Thing was also a lesser known horror Host. 
It’s as if Neil was in a comic book character grocery store and went down the horror anthology aisle and plucked almost all the abandoned DC horror hosts off a shelf and said “I’ll take this one and this one and this one and this one, and all of these. They’re my Nightmares now.  These Storytellers will not fall into obscurity.”  It almost sounds noble until you realize I visualize him shoving them all into a shopping cart, like action figures in a toy store. 
Yes, Alan Moore was using some of them in Swamp Thing at this point and the House of Mystery even had Elvira as co-host for a time in the mid-80s, but I still imagine it this way.     
Judge Gallows - who only appeared in Sandman continuity via two versions of the Dreaming (each time with a different first name) was also a horror host but no one really liked him…  I don’t know why The Dreaming writers keep trying to dust him off.  No one likes him. 
And now we come to Destiny.   
Destiny hosted the comic Weird Mystery Tales in 1972.  He would tell stories from his Book of Destiny.  
Destiny is the only member of The Endless not actually created by Neil Gaiman.  Though until Neil came along he wasn’t “of The Endless.”  He was just Destiny.  He was created by Marv Wolfman (who recently helped write and guest appeared on CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths) and by illustrator, Bernie Wrightson. Bernie Wrightson is my favorite comic illustrator.  Sadly Bernie recently passed away from a brain tumor.   Bernie also co-created Swamp Thing, and Matthew Cable (back in his human state, pre-Raven). 
Destiny’s character design is exactly the same as it is now.  His hooded robe, with his right wrist manacled to his book.  Whether he’s chained to his book or his book is chained to him is debatable.  Either way he doesn’t seem unhappy about the connection.  But it does look like a heavy burden to bear.  There’s some symbolism there.   
He appears to be blind but is able to see everything in his book.  There is a chance his blindness is merely an expression of the fact that he sees everything all at once and therefor nothing at all really.    
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blanddcheadcanons · a year ago
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The DC Universe Canon is written from start to finish in the Book of Destiny. Odd plotlines are when Delirium tapes her own story ideas into the Book with post it notes. The ones that find their way into print are the ones that Destiny thinks are pretty good so he 'pretends' to not see her doing it.
@glitchexmachina
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artwinsdraws · a year ago
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he drop his book for you anon, it means something
(and oh we like Destiny as well)
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heavenlyeros · a month ago
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please give him peace and comfort
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kind anon make me happy
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incorrectsandmanquotes · 2 years ago
Conversation
Death: do you ever wanna talk about your emotions, Destiny?
Destiny: No.
Dream: I do!
Death: I know, Dream.
Dream: I'm sad...
Death: I know, Dream.
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incorrect-sandman · a month ago
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Delirium: What do you call a fish with no eye?
Destiny, not looking up: Myxine Circifrons
Delirium:
Delirium: fsh
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blanddcheadcanons · a year ago
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Destiny of the Endless is getting sick and tired of the gods wanting another reset because of time paradoxes being allowed to exist once Avengers: Endgame came out. Frankly, he agrees with them, but he doesn't want to reorganize his book (which is *supposed* to be automatic!) for the third/fourth time in anything less than a millenia.
@geekyanon11
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incorrectsandmanquotes · 2 years ago
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Destiny: Dream is late.
Death: How did this happen? I had Lucien call him at 8 this morning and pretend it was 11.
Desire: I printed up that fake schedule we made for him saying we were starting at 9 instead of noon.
Delirium: I set all his watches and clocks to say PM when it's really AM.
Despair: Oh, boy... We may have overdone it.
Dream, barging through the door: WHAT THE HELL TIME IS IT?
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incorrect-sandman · 15 days ago
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Destiny: Why are there little handprints all over my garden?
Dream, whispering: Why are there little handprints all over the garden?
Delirium, whispering: Because I have little hands.
Dream: Because she has little hands.
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nanakorobiyaokii · a year ago
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our destiny is to fly, to rise like birds through endless sky. spread your wings, you know what to do. the sky is vast, although in this cage you're shackled down, you will escape.
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balu8 · a year ago
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The Sandman: Endless Nights;Destiny by Neil Gaiman and Frank Quitely
DC/Vertigo
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