SuperFriends Comic Book Character
Doctor Destiny
Dr. Destiny (Issue 00)
Real name: John Dee
Species: Metahuman
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
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Doctor Destiny as he appeared in the cover of Justice League of America Vol. 1 #176 (March 1980)

Doctor Destiny is a supervillain who has the ability to control a person's dreams.

Background Information

In the parallel universe, known as Earth-One, John Dee was a genius, criminal scientist capable of creating technology far beyond those of the contemporary era.

During his first villainous attempt, he called himself Doctor Destiny and created an anti-gravity device that allowed him to capture Green Lantern. He began impersonate him, and designed a series of traps to capture the remaining Justice League of America.

His next attempt at the business was pointed towards the manipulation of dreams. He managed to create a drug designed to alter reality through dreams, though all subjects had burned out while under its influence. He then realized that all that was necessary to counter this was blood-pressure medicine, and used his drug to battle the JLA. Defeated, he then decided the medicine was not the way to go; instead, he built a series of powerful machines designed to alter reality much like his drug had done; he called these machines Materioptikons. The strongest was a blood-red gemstone, also called Materioptikon.

The JLA barely managed to defeat Dr. Destiny and destroy the first Materioptikon. Destiny would return many times, seeking to reconstruct or reactivate his Materioptikons, money, the defeat of the JLA, power, and mostly the restoration of his human appearance.



Unusual Characteristics

Dr. Destiny (Issue 00) 2

As seen in the SuperFriends Comic Book: Limited Collectors' Edition #C-41 (December 1975 / January 1976)

When he was hooked on the Materioptikon, Dee ate very little, and thus withered away to a near-skeletal appearance.

Powers and Abilities


Earth-One Appearance:

  • Justice League of America Vol. 1, #61 (March 1968)[1]

Earth-1A Appearance:


  • The Doctor Destiny first appeared in Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #5 (July, 1961).[2]
  • He was created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky.
  • In the animated TV series Justice League episode "Only a Dream", which ran on the Cartoon Network from 2001-2004; John Dee (voiced by William Atherton) was a low-level LexCorp employee and small-time crook who was incarcerated in Stryker's Prison for guarding a supply of smuggled weapons. He volunteered to be a guinea pig for a doctor's experiments with the Materioptikon, a machine that gave people ESP abilities; between sessions, he dreamt of singlehandedly defeating the Justice League and being a member of the Injustice Gang.


  1. Go to the DC Database for more on Justice League of America Vol 1, #61 (March 1968)
  2. Go to the DC Database for more on Justice League of America, Vol. 1 #5 (July, 1961).
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