With today's news that Death -- the pallid, parasol-toting embodiment of the End of All Things from in Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" -- will be crossing over with Paul Cornell's Lex Luthor story in the pages of "Action Comics," it looks like DC's making an honest attempt to bring at least a few Vertigo titles into their core universe. In recent years, this is something that hadn't been allowed, with the stated reason being that the company didn't want to cross over their super-hero titles with the more Mature Readers fare of the Vertigo line -- an argument that doesn't really hold much water anymore when one of the most important DC stories of the decade involved Dr. Light raping the Elongated Man's wife on the Justice League satellite. Even so, having one of the most definitively "Vertigo" characters showing up in a book that's been straight-up superheroics for 72 years is a pretty big deal, although it's not exactly a new idea. Despite the clear delineation of the titles, a lot of the flagship Vertigo books have their roots in the DCU proper.
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The Apollo green room buzzes with activity. Mahiro, alone, silently walks to the back of the room, wipes off some sweat, gathers his props, ties his braids into a ponytail, sits cross-legged in a heap on the floor and stares at who-knows-what. Amateur Night at the Apollo opened its 81st season on Wednesday, February 18th; and it had already claimed its first victim. Yet, it is a boo from deep within. So it was like, years ago. However, as she talks, Mahiro is expelling what seems like nervous energy all over, doing splits and slamming to the ground. Mahiro says he speaks a little English with a bit of a sigh and a wheeze. He auditioned for Amateur Night last year on a visit, and is in America for the second time ever.
Howard "Sandman" Sims January 24, — May 20, was an African-American tap dancer who began his career in vaudeville. He was skilled in a style of dancing that he performed in a wooden sandbox of his own construction, and acquired his nickname from the sand he sprinkled to alter and amplify the sound of his dance steps. From the s to the year , Sims was a regular attraction—a "fixture"   —at Harlem 's noted Apollo Theater , comedically ushering failed acts offstage  with a hook, broom or other prop. As part of the resurgence of interest in tap dancing in the s, Sandman Sims served as a cultural ambassador, representing the United States with dance performances around the world. He was featured in the dance film Tap , along with Sammy Davis Jr. Sims also appeared in a episode of The Cosby Show as Rudy's tap dancing teacher, facing off against Cliff Bill Cosby in a good-natured tap challenge. In her review of the play based on his life, New York Times critic Anna Kisselgoff wrote, "Sims is a virtuoso among virtuosos—in a class by himself. To say Mr.