Real Name: Robert Markham
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Morpheus no longer needs or desires to sleep. He also has a destructive psionic abillity which he calls 'Ebon energy'. He has the telepathic abillity to cause nightmares.
Robert Markham was born in New York City. He had an unprecedented viral infection that caused competitive inhibition of certain segments in his DNA in the process of replication. He consults Dr. Peter Alraune, who prescribes an experimental, untested drug. The drug reacts with Markham's DNA, causing a freakish appearance and the inability to sleep. Markham discovers that he no longer needs sleep, and that he now has a highly destructive psionic ability. He names himself Morpheus, after the god of dreams. Crazed, Morpheus seeks to punish Dr. Alraune, which brought him to the attention of Moon Knight, a wealthy vigilante. In the resulting fight, Morpheus is defeated.
Under heavy sedation, Morpheus is taken to the Seaview Research Hospital. He is given an artifiially induced sleep period every day. This, for a time, results in normal dreams. Morpheus' brain undergoes further mutations. He establishes a mental like with Alraune. Through him, Morpheus projects nightmares into the minds of the unwilling. He eventually escapes from Seaview and seeks revenge on Moon Knight and Alraune. The doctor sacrifices himself in a successful effort to cancel out Morpeus' powers. He is returned to Seaview under heavy guard.
First Appearance: Moon Knight (1980) #12
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Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988)
#18 Fear Itself: Fellowship Of Fear (2011)
- 'Blood is Thicker...'
Moon Knight (1980)
#12 Moon Knight (1985)
- 'The Nightmare of Morpheus'#22
- 'The Dream Demon'#23
- 'Perchance to Scream'
#3 Moon Knight (1998)
- 'A Madness of Dreams!'
#1 The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (1983)
- 'Phase 1: Eclipse'#2
- 'Phase 2: Crescents'#3
- 'Phase III: Halfshadow'#4
- 'Phase IV: Full Moon'
- 'M: From Mandarin to Mystique'
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