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The Sandman was created by Bert Christman and editor Vin Sullivan to fulfill the perceived need for new "mystery men" features due to the popularity of Superman. Originally clad in an orange (probably supposed to be tan) business suit with a cloak and gas mask, the Sandman certainly cut one of the more distinctive profiles in comics here in Adventure Comics 40 Christman soon needed help to keep up with deadlines, so Chad Grothkopf spelled him on a couple of stories, like this one for New York World's Fair #2. By now the Sandman's suit had turned green. Still not a color normally seem around Manhanttan in the real world.

Ogden Whitney followed for a few issues, including the introduction of Dian Belmont, here shown to be pretty much the Sandman's equal as costumed adventurer and safecracker. Adventure 47. Story probably by Gardner Fox. Creig Flessel did about a year's worth of stories after Christman went into the military.. Story by Gardner Fox. Adventure 52.

By 1942, however, the suited "mystery man" was considered pretty old hat in an industry dominated by long-underwear characters.  So, the Sandman turned in his suit for some yellow and purple long johns.  The change was enginered by Paul Norris and Chad Grothkopf, who also introduced young Sandy McGann, as Sandy the Golden Boy in Adventure 69..  This page is from Adventure 70 After three issues, the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby took over, revamping the feature once again.  Our heroes lost their capes, and Sandy mysteriously changed his last name to Hawkins.

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After both Simon and Kirby went into the military, the strip was turned over over to lesser hands, kids who were too young for military service, like Gil Kane here from Adventure 91. Story by Joe Samachson. Sandman's last few stories were drawn by Pen Shumaker, seen here from Adventure 97.  Story written by Joe Samachson.  Shumaker moved onto Archie comics after the war.