Sandman (DC)(02 - Garrett Sanford)
Real Name: Garrett Sanford
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As the Sandman, Sanford was able to observe the dreams of thousands of people using a system of monitors. With a whistle, he could summon two nightmares named Brute and Glob. From his computer system, he could jump into either the "Dream Stream" or the "Reality Stream," but he could be in the latter for only an hour. When in the Reality Stream, he carried a pouch of magic sand that would automatically induce sleeping if he threw it in someone's face.
He was able to remain in the waking world for only an hour at a time. It was not specified how long he would need to remain in the Dream Stream before entering the Reality Stream.
He also had psychological weakenesses that Brute and Glob prey upon and that ultimately caused his death.
Dr. Garrett Sanford believed that he was the Sandman of legend. In reality, he was under the influence of two minor nightmares, Brute and Glob, who allowed him to believe that he was keeping them imprisoned when not needed. He developed an experimental system to enter people's preconscious minds, and he used this ability to save an important man, implied to be a U.S. president, but ultimately became trapped in the Dream Stream, a pocket dimension of the Dreaming, able to leave it for only an hour at a time.
The Dream Stream centered on Jed Walker, although Sanford was able to reach into enough other people's dreams that he was able to believe himself the true Sandman. He invaded Wonder Woman's most private dreams, but was honest enough to admit it to her. He had become lonely in the Dream Stream, and wanted her to be his queen. She refused him, and he accepted her as strictly a friend an ally.
With the Justice League, he fought Dr. John Dee (Dr. Destiny), and they made him an honorary member after offering a full membership he had to decline because of his restricted travel in the waking world.
Eventually, he succombed to the loneliness of the Dream Stream and committed suicide, so Brute and Glob sought a replacement, which they found in Hector Hall, whose body had recently been claimed by the Silver Scarab, whose power he had been using. The two nightmares put Hall's essence into Sanford's body, and it grew to resemble Hall's old appearance.
Eventually, when Dream revealed the truth to Hector Hall, Sanford's body disintegrated and sent Hall's spirit into the next world.
Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. His backstory was invented by Roy Thomas, as the original series treated him as the legendary figure in spite of his superhero garb.
First Appearance: The Sandman (1974) #1
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Ambush Bug: Year None (2008)
#1 Bad Doings and Big Ideas: A Bill Willingham Deluxe Edition (2011)
- 'Hey, You Sank My Battle-Ax!'
HC Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
- 'Bad Doings & Big Ideas: A Bill Willingham Deluxe Edition'
Infinity Inc. (1984)
#50 Justice League of America (1960)
- 'It's a Grimmworld After All'
Last Days of the Justice Society Special (1986)
Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
Super Adventure Comic (1960)
Swamp Thing (1985)
The Best of DC (1979)
#22 The Sandman (1974)
- 'Christmas With The Super Heroes'
#1 The Sandman Presents: The Thessaliad (2002)
- 'The Sandman'#2
- 'The Night of the Spider'#3
- 'The Brain That Blacked Out The Bronx'#4
- 'Panic in the Dream Stream'#5
- 'The Invasion of the Frog Men!'#6
- 'The Plot to Destroy Washington D.C.!'
#2 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'The Long Crawl, or The Trouble With Riddle Games'
#20 Who's Who: Update '88 (1988)
- 'Rubberduck to Shining Knight'
#4 Wonder Woman (1942)
- 'Ultra-Humanite to Zuggernaut, plus Abby Cable to Waid Eiling'
- 'Video Mania'#300
- 'Beautiful Dreamer, Death Unto thee!'
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