Who's Beautiful Dreamer?

Who's This? The Forever Girl.
The facts: Named after a Stephen Foster song, Beautiful Dreamer is one of Jack Kirby's Forever People, and her history is almost entirely tied up in theirs. She first appears in The Forever People #1 (1971) and on through that series. There's a bit of a fascination with setting the illusion-caster of the group up with a romantic partner even if all Kirby did was make her hold hands with Mark Moonrider a bit. In the 1988 mini-series, she was married with Big Bear and had a child by him (which was all undone in John Byrne's Fourth World comics). Then they matched her with Takion, and in Byrne's Generations 3, she married Superman. Ok, dude.
How you could have heard of her: In the New52's Infinity Man and the Forever People, she was rebranded as Dreamer Beautiful, but was essentially the same character. Animation fans may remember her showing up in Young Justice along with the rest of the FP, and in the Justice League episode "Twilight, Part 2".
Example story: The Forever People #10 (August-September 1972) "The Scavengers" by Jack Kirby, with Mike Royer
None of the Forever People really got any spotlights per se, so it's about looking at moments in any given issue. So what can we learn from sampling issue 10? First (above), that she's got what it takes to be a fashion model. Her Who's Who entry indeed shows two outfits, both in pink, but as you can see, she can do black too. Does the job interfere with her superheroics? Well if it does, she can totally use her illusions to get out of doing her job.
In issues 9 and 10 of Forever People, Kirby begrudgingly wrote Deadman into the series to give him a new lease on "life" and reopen his murder case. The Forever People build a synthetic body for him so he can about in the world, and a new villain with a hook hand is introduced to confuse the issue of the League of Assassin's Hook's guilt. After forcing the King to do this, I think DC pretty much ignored it. The "Manager" tries to escape at the end, but Beautiful Dreamer is the one who finally stops him. His escape tunnel becomes a monster, he freaks out, and that's that. You'd be surprised how often the Forever People resolved trouble in exactly this fashion.
Well despite the boys' more physical powers, the Forever People were groovy hippies, so non-violent solutions were part of their trademark. It's surprising that Dreamer was the only one with judo-like powers (i.e. you defeat yourself with your own fears).

Who's Next? A synthetic man.



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