Vertigo Universe
Vertigo Universe
Recommended Reading Order - 198 Entries

Vertigo is a DC publishing imprint often thought of as the dark underbelly of the DCU. Many of the early Vertigo titles are firmly set in the DC Universe, like Alan Moore‘s Swamp Thing or Grant Morrison‘s Animal Man, but later titles may start linked and then seem to become self contained. This list does not contain entirely self contained titles, but does contain some mainstream DC titles that are important to titles with the Vertigo imprint, like Deadman.

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+ Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo
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Jonah Hex: Two-Gun Mojo 1-5 August 1993 – December 1993
+ El Diablo
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El Diablo 1-4 March – June 2001
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 1-4 April – July 1993
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 5-12 August 1993 – March 1994
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 13-16 April – July 1994
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 17-20 August – November 1994
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 21-28 December 1994 – July 1995
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 29-36 August 1995 – March 1996
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 37-44 April – November 1996
+ Sandman Mystery Theatre Vol. 8: The Blackhawk and the Return of the Scarlet Ghost
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Sandman Mystery Theatre 45-52 December 1996 – July 1997
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Madame Xanadu 1-10 August 2008 – June 2009
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Madame Xanadu 11-15 July – November 2009
+ The Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 1
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More Fun Comics 52-70 February 1940 – August 1941
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My Greatest Adventure 80-85; Doom Patrol 86-89 June 1963 – August 1964
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Doom Patrol 90-97 September 1964 – August 1965
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Challengers of The Unknown 48; Doom Patrol 86-101; My Greatest Adventure 80-85 June 1963 – March 1966
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Doom Patrol 98-105; Challengers of the Unknown 48 September 1965 – August 1966
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JLA 51, Atom 19, Hawkman 4, Green Lantern 42, Detective Comics 335, 355, DC Blue Ribbon Digest # 5 October 1964 – February 1967, 1980
The Doom Patrol Archives Volume 4 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 4
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Doom Patrol 106-113 September 1966 – August 1967
The Doom Patrol Archives Volume 5 + The Doom Patrol Archives Vol. 5
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Doom Patrol 114-121 September 1967 – October 1968
Showcase Presents: House of Mystery Vol. 1 + Showcase Presents: House of Mystery Vol. 1
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House of Mystery 174-194 May 1968 – September 1971
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House of Secrets 81-98 August 1969 – July 1972
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Showcase 80; Phantom Stranger 1-21 February 1969 – October 1972
Deadman: The Deadman Collection + Deadman: The Deadman Collection
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Strange Adventures 205-216; The Brave and the Bold 79, 86, 104; Aquaman 50-52; Challengers of the Unknown 74 October 1967 – December 1972
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House of Mystery 195-211 October 1971 – February 1973
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House of Secrets 99-119 August 1972 – May 1974
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House of Mystery 212-226 March 1973 – September 1974
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The Demon 1-16 August 1972 – January 1974
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The Sinister House of Secret Love 1-4; Secrets of Sinister House 5-18 October 1971 – July 1974
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House of Secrets 92; Swamp Thing 1-10 July 1971, October 1972 – June 1974
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The Brave And The Bold 89, 98; DC Super Stars 18; House Of Secrets 150; Justice League Of America 103; Phantom Stranger 22-41; April 1970 – March 1978
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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 20-27 January 1984 – August 1984
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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 21-27 February 1984 – August 1984
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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 28-34; House of Secrets 92; Swamp Thing Annual 2 September 1984 – March 1985
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The Saga of the Swamp Thing 28-34; House of Secrets 92; Swamp Thing Annual 2 September 1984 – March 1985
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The Saga Of The Swamp Thing 35-38; Swamp Thing 39-42 April – November 1985
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The Saga Of The Swamp Thing 35-38; Swamp Thing 39-42 April 1985 – November 1985
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Crisis on Infinite Earths 1 – 12 April 1985 – March 1986
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Swamp Thing 43-50 December 1985 – July 1986
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Swamp Thing 43-50 December 1985 – July 1986
+ DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore
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Action Comics 584, Batman Annual 11, Batman: The Killing Joke OGN, DC Comics Presents 85, Detective Comics 549-550, Green Lantern 188, The Omega Men 26-27, Secret Origins 10, Superman 423, Tales of The Green Lantern Corps Annual 2-3, Superman Annual 11, Vigilante 17-18 April – September 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988
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Swamp Thing 51-56 August 1986 – January 1987
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Swamp Thing 51-56 August 1986 – January 1987
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Swamp Thing 57-64 February – September 1987
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Swamp Thing 65-70 October 1987 – March 1988
+ HellBlazer: Original Sins
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Hellblazer 1-9 January – September 1988
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Swamp Thing 71-76 April 1988 – September 1988
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Swamp Thing 77-81 October – December 1988
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Hellblazer 10-13;The Hellblazer Annual; The Horrorist 1-2 October 1988 – January 1989
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Black Orchid (Prestige) 1-3 November 1988 – January 1989
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Ebay (Search) Animal Man 1-9 September 1988 – March 1989
+ Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes
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The Sandman 1-8 January – August 1989
No Cover + Doom Patrol: Crawling From The Wreckage
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Ebay (Search) Issues 19-25 February – August 1989
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Ebay (Search) Issues 14-22 January – September 1989
+ Animal Man: Origin of the Species
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Ebay (Search) Animal Man 10-17, Secret Origins 39 April 1989 – November 1989
+ HellBlazer: The Family Man
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Ebay (Search) Issues 23-24, 28-31 October 1989 – July 1990
+ Sandman: The Doll’s House
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The Sandman 8-16 August 1989 – June 1990
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Ebay (Search) Issues 26-34 September 1989 – July 1990
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Ebay (Search) Animal Man 18-26 December 1989 – August 1990
+ Sandman: Dream Country
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The Sandman 17-20 July – October 1990
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The Sandman 1-20 January 1989 – October 1990
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 11, 25-26, 35, 56, 84 November 1988 – November 1990, August 1992, December 1994
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Ebay (Search) Issues 1-6 July – December 1990
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Ebay (Search) Issues 35-41 August 1990 – February 1991
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The Sandman 21-28 November 1990 – July 1991
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Ebay (Search) Original Graphic Novel 2003
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Ebay (Search) Issues 7-13 January – July 1991
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Ebay (Search) Mini 1-3 April – October 1991
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 41-46 May – October 1991
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Ebay (Search) Issues 42-50 March – December 1991
+ The Books of Magic
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The Books of Magic 1-4 December 1990 – March 1991
+ Sandman: A Game of You
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The Sandman 32-37 November 1991 – May 1992
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Ebay (Search) Issues 51-57 January – July 1992
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The Sandman 21-39; Sandman: A Gallery of Dreams 1; Vertigo: Winter’s Edge 1 November 1990 – July 1992, 1994, January 1998
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Issues 29-31, 38-40, 50, Sandman Special 1, Vertigo Preview 1 August 1991 – August 1992
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 47-50, 52-55, 59-61 November 1991 – January 1993
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Ebay (Search) Issues 58-63 and Doom Force #1 August 1992 – January 1993
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Ebay (Search) Death: The High Cost Of Living 1-3 March – May 1993
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The Sandman 41-49 August 1992 – May 1993
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Hellblazer 62-67 February – July 1993
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 68-71, Hellblazer Special, Short Story From Vertigo Jam August – November 1993
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The Sandman 51-56 June – December 1993
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The Sandman Special 1; The Sandman 40-56; Vertigo Preview 1; Vertigo: Winter’s Edge 3 1991 – December 1993; January 2000
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 72-77 December 1993 – May 1994
+ Books of Magic: Bindings
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Books of Magic 1-4 May – August 1994
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Ebay (Search) Hellblazer 78-83, Heartland one-shot June – November 1994
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Swamp Thing Annual 05; Hellblazer 27; Sandman Midnight Theatre 1995 OGN; Original Content Annual 1989 – July 1995
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Books Of Magic 5-13 September 1994 – June 1995
+ Sandman: The Kindly Ones
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Sandman 57-69, Vertigo Jam 1 February 1994 – July 1995
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The Books of Faerie, Arcana: The Books of Magic Annual 1 1994, March – May 1997
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Books of Magic 14-20 July 1995 – January 1996
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The Dreaming 8; The Sandman 70-75 August 1995 – March 1996
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Sandman Covers January 1989 – March 1996
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The Dreaming 8; The Sandman 57-75; Vertigo Jam 1 August 1993 – January 1997
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Books of Magic 21-25 February – June 1996
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Ebay (Search) Death: The Time Of Your Life 1-3 April – July 1996
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Ebay (Search) OGN 1996
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Ebay (Search) The Dreaming 1-8 June 1996 – January 1997
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