Real Name: Barbara "Barbie" Robb

Identity/Class: Human mutated by magic

Occupation: Unrevealed; former agent of the Dweller-in-Darkness

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Dweller-in-Darkness (empowered her and used her as a pawn);
Marty (friend); Elmer (pet tarantula, unless she made that up)

Enemies: Clea, Dr. Strange, Nightmare

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: San Francisco, California

First Appearance: Doctor Strange II#32 (December, 1978)

Powers/Abilities: The Dream Weaver could alter reality to make her dreams and wishes come true. She could rearrange matter on a small scale, alter her appearance, and fly. Using her power in this fashion was somewhat draining for her. She could generate dreams for others, which allowed her to absorb the emotional energy released by those trapped within her dreams.

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 125 lbs.
Eyes: Green; (Dream Weaver) solid white
Hair: Red; (Dream Weaver) pink


(Marvel Tarot - BTS) - Barbie was born in the mystic realm of the Many Moons of Munnopor giving her great mystical powers. Her parents abandoned her as an infant leaving her on the front steps of Iglesia de la Virgen Santa de los Cielos on Earth.

  In her freshman English essay "The American Dream - My Personal Nightmare" Barbie assumed that her parents were illegal immigrants.

  The Dweller-in-Darkness was unconsciously drawn to her dream image, sensing her power.

(Dr. Strange II#32-33) - The Dweller-in-Darkness claimed one of the dream images of a sleeping mortal from the realm of Nightmare. This particular mortal, Barbie Robb awoke from her nightmare, suffering from a hangover from too many Tequila Sunrises with her friend Marty. She wished that the hangover would just go away, and suddenly it did, and she felt alive with energy. She wished her apartment into a palace, as a voice (the Dweller) explained to her that she was not dreaming, and could really alter reality as she wished. She whipped up a fancy costume for herself, but then began to feel weakened form the energy expenditure. The Dweller told her that while reality manipulation would be draining, she could gain all the power she wanted if she obtained the Book of the Vishanti from Dr. Strange.
The Dream Weaver assaulted Strange, and his lover/apprentice Clea, sending Strange's mirror images to attack them. Strange managed to subdue their attackers, and found that it was not Clea assisting him, but her dream self, which faded away. He found the real Clea was having a nightmare of the attack he had just undergone. After he awakened her, he confronted Nightmare, whom he blamed for the attack. Nightmare dismissed him and left him a veiled clue as to his true attacker's nature.
Barbie flew to Manhattan, took a more conventional, and made her way to Strange's Sanctum. She requested aid from Strange regarding her dreams.
He agreed to help her, and listened to her tale, which droned on and on, and went nowhere. After two hours, both Strange and Clea had fallen asleep. Barbie then released Strange's dream self and commanded it to bring the Book of the Vishanti to her. As soon as she had the book, she banished his dream self, only to find it was Strange's astral self, and he had been aware of her duplicity from the start. Strange allowed the Book's power to engulf the Dream Weaver, revealing to her the depths of power with which she had been toying. He then wiped the Dream Weaver identity from Robbie's mind and sent her back to her apartment in San Francisco. Strange left her only with the insights she had gained from this ordeal, which were forever etched on her soul. However, despite his victory, Strange still had no idea who was behind it all.

(Marvel Tarot - BTS) - Ian McNee discovered Robb's true origin by looking into her astrological lunar chart and realized that Robb would soon become Dream Weaver again.

Comments: Created by Roger Stern and Alan Kupperberg.

I'd bet she's got some lingering bit of magic hidden in her somewhere, and she's waiting to make a comeback.

The song "Dream Weaver" was written and performed by Gary Wright in 1975. It made a comeback with the movie "Wayne's World", somewhere around 1990-something.

Carycomix adds: Don't you think it would have been smarter of  Ol' Dweller-in-Darkness if he had made use of Felicity "Lullaby" Jones?  With his magic augmenting her own (rather unusual) mutant ability,  there's no way Dr. Strange wouldn't have succumbed, for real! Then again,  maybe Lord Nightmare knew that, and subtly  arranged for  Ol' D-i-D to abduct Barbie Robb's dreamself!   Knowing, right from the start,  that she ultimately wouldn't be up to the task (i.e., being the permanent downfall of Dr. Strange).  Just a thought. 

Dream Weaver has an entry in Mystic Arcana: The Book of Marvel Magic.

Clarifications: Dweller-in-Darkness

Dr. Strange II#32 (December, 1978) - Roger Stern (writer), Alan Kupperberg (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Jim Shooter (editor)
Dr. Strange II#33 (February, 1979) - Roger Stern & Ralph Macchio (writers), Tom Sutton (pencils), Rudy Nebres (inks), Jo Duffy (editor)

Last updated: 11/26/04

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