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Encyclopedia > Nightmare (Marvel Comics)
Dr Strange rescuing a victim of Nightmare.
Dr Strange rescuing a victim of Nightmare.

Nightmare is a fictional supernatural being who has appeared in many Marvel Comics stories, most commonly as one of Doctor Strange's major enemies. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x605, 70 KB)Cover to Doctor Strange #52, April, 1982. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (400x605, 70 KB)Cover to Doctor Strange #52, April, 1982. ... The supernatural (Latin: super- exceeding + nature) refers to forces and phenomena which are beyond ordinary scientific understanding. ... It has been suggested that Felicia (pseudonym) be merged into this article or section. ... Doctor Strange is a fictional comic-book sorcerer and superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. ...


History

He is the evil ruler of a 'dream dimension', where tormented humans are brought during their sleep, and that he roams on his black unicorn (possibly a mare, and thus a pun on his name: Night Mare.) He appears as a chalk-white man with wild, green hair, and wearing a green bodysuit and a ragged cape. The gentle and pensive virgin has the power to tame the unicorn, in this fresco in Palazzo Farnese, Rome, probably by Domenichino, ca 1602 The unicorn is a legendary creature embodied like a horse, but slender and with a single — usually spiral — horn growing out of its forehead (whence its...


The character was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in Strange Tales #110 (July, 1963), the very same issue where the Master of the Mystic Arts first appeared. Stan Lee and his most famous co-creation, Spider-Man. ... The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1 (1964): Cover art by Ditko. ... Strange Tales was the name of several comic book anthology series that have been published by Marvel Comics. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ...


Nightmare is a creation of the human race's need to dream. Without this ability, Nightmare would cease to exist, but humanity would go insane. At one point Strange and Nightmare had to join forces to prevent that from happening (in Doctor Strange (vol.2) # 53).


He did run afoul of Spider-Man and the Hulk on different occassion. Spider-Man swinging around his hometown, New York City. ... The Incredible Hulk redirects here. ...


Nightmare once joined the "Fear Lords", a group of supernatural creatures who fed on fear, to attack Dr. Strange together. But their plans were undone when D'spayre tricked him into competing with the Dweller in Darkness over who could frighten humanity more. (Dr. Strange vol.3 #40)


Note that there are several similarities between this character and Neil Gaiman's version of the Sandman. Note also that during the period of Sandman's popularity, Marvel had Nighmare star in a mini-series with a similar style (Nightmare: A Killer of a Love Story). Neil Gaiman (November 2004) Neil Richard Gaiman () (November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English Jewish author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many comic books. ... Cover of The Sandman #1, by Dave McKean. ...


Nightmare is the father of the Dreamqueen, a similar but lesser being who rules her own "dream dimension".


Nightmare's realm is NOT part of The Mindscape, but the Sleepwalkers are aware of him and consider him an enemy. Sleepwalker is a Marvel Comics character created by Bob Budiansky, named after his race, and is the star of a self-titled comic book which ran for 33 issues from June, 1991 to February, 1994. ...


Because Sleepwalkers do not have to sleep, Nightmare has never been able to affect or dominate them. He sought to do this through the hero Sleepwalker. He sent Sleepy (as he is called by his fans) back to with a monitor that would allow Sleepwalker to see that Nightmare was keeping up his end of the deal (not harming the human). In reality he intended Sleepy to witness the torment he planned to unleash on Sleepwalker's human "host," therefore driving Sleepy mad, and giving him some semblance of influence over the Sleepwalkers and the Mindscape. Sleepy was not fooled and sacrificed his return home for just one human's good night's sleep.


Neil Gaiman's famous version of the DC comics character The Sandman, draws inspiration from Nightmare. Neil Gaiman (November 2004) Neil Richard Gaiman () (November 10, 1960, Portchester, Hampshire) is an English Jewish author of numerous science fiction and fantasy works, including many comic books. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The Sandman was a comic book series written by Neil Gaiman and published by DC Comics for 75 issues from 1988 until 1996. ...


Ultimate Nightmare

In Ultimate Spider-Man, Nightmare appeared as a demon who entered Doctor Strange's mind and plagued it with nightmares. When Spider-Man entered the building Nightmare moved to Spider-Man's mind and plagued him with nightmares. Doctor Strange eventually enetred Spider-Man's mind via a spell and vanquished the demon Nightmare. Nightmare can shift shape into diiferent forms based on the victim's memories.


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Nightmare is a fictional supernatural being who has appeared in many Marvel Comics stories, most commonly as one of Doctor Strange's major enemies.
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Nightmare's realm is NOT part of The Mindscape, but the Sleepwalkers are aware of him and consider him an enemy.
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