Read: Cerebus the Barbarian Messiah, ed. by Eric Hoffman (2013-66)
One, The Sandman (written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by a congeries of artists), ran 75 issues and one special and was completed in the above-mentioned timeframe. It is generally regarded as a high-water mark of graphical storytelling.
The other, Cerebus the Aardvark (everything by Dave Sim except backgrounds from about the 1/5 mark on by Gerhard), began in the late '70s and continued into the '00s, running exactly 300 issues plus some marginalia. It is generally avoided by serious commentators because of it's creator's controversial political views, particularly about feminism, which leaked into the storyline.
(And how can a creator's views not leak into any serious work of narrative art? I'm just askin'...)
I bought collections of essays on both these series at Worldcon. This is the one on Cerebus.
The essays are, by and large, interesting and well-informed. They bring out some interesting aspects of the series (I particularly enjoyed Part Three, which is on the technical aspects of graphical storytelling, in which Sim was unquestionably a radical innovator) and are, mostly, readably written (though there is one that verges into postmodern twaddle).
But, for God's sake, couldn't Hoffman, in putting together a book of essays about Cerebus, have included at least one essay by a woman? Particularly when there are three essays on gender issues in the comic?
Sim rejects the term "misogynist," preferring to label himself an "anti-feminist." (I think he has a/is right to do so: he does not hate women, but feels that they are, and cannot help but be, a negative force in human culture. I respectfully disagree, but ... well, it's a free country and so is Canada last I heard.) A true feminist reading of Cerebus might, then, have been fruitful indeed.
Ah, well. Lost opportunities. The book is worthwhile as it is, but could have been much more so.