Such a pair of do-gooder drifters, however, are Bob White - professional journeyman wrestler - and his teenage manager Terry Wake. When not grappling for the amusement of carnival crowds and assorted big city rubes in the squared circle, Bob and Terry are hitting the rails in search of their next big match. However, when in their meanderings they happen to come across crooks, criminals and weird happenstance, off come their togs and on go the uniforms of Nightmare and Sleepy, nocturnal terrors of the underworld!
|"Also let's steal stuff."|
In fact, the duo split so suddenly that they must leave behind their street clothes, and catch a train while wearing only the macabre costumes they’d originally intended to wear to a celebratory masquerade following the wrestling match. They have those, right? A “Winner’s Ball” is what Terry calls it. It sounds like someone mashed up Smackdown and Eyes Wide Shut, to be frank about it.
Bob’s original costume was a macabre skeleton suit dabbed with phosphorescent paint which made the burly wrassler glow ominously in the dark, while Terry wore what appeared to be footie pajamas and a red hoodie. It’s worth mentioning here that Bob’s in-ring choice of wardrobe was a tuxedo – or so we’re told, it never actually pops up in the comic except to be mentioned – which is insane because the skeleton costume is already ten times better than that, though not better than TUXEDO SKELETON (I got a million good ideas, call me, Vince).
|"I guess we may as well go home."|
Nightmare ditched the skeleton costume to take on a standard spandex superhero suit, complete with a big “N” on the chest, possibly to clarify which bat-eared superhero was currently beating up the crooks – lacking a cape, his costume was otherwise Batmanesque.
Even more unusually, though, the final appearance of Nightmare was not only sans Sleepy, it was in the company of a character named “Nosey McGuiness”, a cheapskate would-be private eye whose homemade cigars summoned a genie-like Nightmare to appear. Now endowed with magic powers, Nightmare poofed out of existence when Nosey’s cigars were extinguished, the whole batch of which must’ve been stamped out because neither Nightmare not Sleepy – whatever verison - ern’t been seen since…