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Nightmare and Sleepy

Real Name

Terry Wake

First Appearance

Clue Comics #1 (1943)

Original Publisher


Created by

Alan Mandel & Dan Barry

Golden Age Origin

Nightmare and Sleepy are wrestler Bob White and his teenage manager, Terry Wake, respectively. They are just regular Joes who put on costumes and fight crime without super powers or gadgets.

Most of their superhero careers featured Nightmare wearing a skeleton-like costume and Sleepy dressed like the Grim Reaper. The skeleton's designs were lined with phosophoros, which created the illusion of moving, glowing skeleton in the dark.

Nightmare and Sleepy switched costumes in issue #7 to something less macabre (see image below).


Nightmare and Sleepy

Golden Age Appearances

  • Clue Comics #1-12

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