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The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, #6, Dream
The 50 Greatest Comic Book Characters, Dream

AKA: MORPHEUS, THE SANDMAN, ONEIROS, THE DREAM KING, THE LORD SHAPER, KAI�CKUL, ETC...

Ironically, Dream is not the most popular character in his own series (Death, already mentioned, takes that honour), but he is the best. Neil Gaiman�s creation bore little resemblance to previous iterations, being a tall, pasty-faced Goth-type with unruly dark hair (usually - his appearance is subject to change without notice) rather than the hitherto-traditional white bearded sage. Despite his near omnipotence, he is continually embroiled in schemes by his family (Destiny, Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction and Delirium) and the subjects of his dream kingdom, as well as having duties to protect (or destroy) humans with whom he comes into contact. Over the course of his series, which takes him from prison to the ends of the universe, Dream truly learns and grows � which is rare enough on its own among comics to entirely justify his book�s reputation � but also takes us through mythology, history and pure, barmy, Gaiman invention. As tragic heroes go, he is, quite literally, godlike.

FIRST APPEARED IN THE SANDMAN VOL. 1 #1 (1989)
CREATED BY NEIL GAIMAN

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Older than the Gods; controls all dreams, storytelling and imagination. Power limited by nothing but family rules and his respect for his duty.
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No screen version to date, but were it to be done, you want to either a) cast a bunch of people, as in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus or b) animate it, ideally, with the voice of maybe Johnny Depp.
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Over the run, Dream�s appearance has been based on David Bowie, Bauhaus� Peter Murphy, The Cure�s Robert Smith and author Neil Gaiman.
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