"CITY OF DREAMS"
Real Name: Unknown
Identity/Class: Extradimensional dreaming giant
Occupation: Dreaming and devouring powerful beings
Group Membership: None
Enemies: Blue Erik of Illeryia, Dr. Strange, many other victims
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: An unknown dimension
First Appearance: Marvel Fanfare I#41 (December, 1988)
Powers/Abilities: It could manifest creatures from its dreams and send them into other dimensions to powerful beings.
After these creatures had lured its victims to its own dimension it read its victims mind and created illusions until they surrendered or were defeated by these illusions.
The creature could do all these things while it was still asleep. If nothing worked it woke up to defeat its victim by itself with a powerful psychic blast from its eyes.
It devoured its victims after they were defeated and turned them into part of its dreams.
(Marvel Fanfare I#41) - After millennia of sleep the creature sent out an assassin from its home dimension into Dr. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum. It was only a dream, but Dr. Strange fought and defeated it nonetheless. With a spell of inverse he followed the reappearing assassin to the "City of Dreams". There Dr. Strange heard the hum of the sleeping creature, but he didn't know what it was. He saw buildings whose walls were warm and felt like skin, but he didn't know why. Dr. Strange thought that this was his rise to godhood and Dr. Strange nearly surrendered to the darkness, but with a spell of light he broke the illusion. The light revealed his old nemesis Nightmare coming for him, but Dr. Strange saw through the illusion this time and defeated it only to see that the illusion turned into Eternity who craved for Dr. Strange's destruction because he had become too powerful. Dr. Strange destroyed this new illusion as well and finally saw a pattern. The hum ended and telepathically the creature began to speak to Dr. Strange. It was surprised that Dr. Strange saw through the illusions so fast. It revealed to Dr. Strange that it sent out its assassins in all the dreams of powerful beings like Dr. Strange to lure them to him. Dr. Strange's resistance aroused the creature's interest and now the creature wanted to awake to devour the Sorcerer Supreme. Dr. Strange created a doppelganger to oppose the creature and cloaked himself. The creature was attacked by the doppelganger and it was impressed by the strong blow which reminded it of the power of Blue Erik of Illeryia. The creature's eyes opened and it finally saw Dr. Strange (only the doppelganger). With a blast from its eyes the doppelganger was no more. When the creature couldn't smell anything it thought that everything that just happened was merely a dream and returned to its sleep. Dr. Strange silently left for Earth and sealed the gateway between his and the creature's dreams so that it would never find him again.
Comments: Created by Walt Simonson & Dave Gibbons.
The name I used for this creature wasn't made up entirely because Dr. Strange called it the "City of Dreams" himself on the story's last page.
I'd really like to see Blue Erik of Illeryia in a flashback somewhere. Who is this guy?
Profile by Markus Raymond
The "City of Dreams" has no known connection to:
"City of Dreams" body shot: Marvel Fanfare I#41, p13, pan9
"City of Dreams" head shot: Marvel Fanfare I#41, p17, pan1
Last updated: 08/08/05
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