Not a dream, not a hoax, not an imaginary tale:
Yes, this really happened:
**The much derided H.E.R.B.I.E., created for the fantastic Four cartoon because Marvel had leased the righst for the Human Torch to someone else, was made a "real" part of the Marvel Universe. Yes, that really happened.
**Ben Grimm called him a "tin galoot" on the cover. Yes, that really happened.
**H.E.R.B.I.E. was possessed by the bodiless intelligence of an old Tomb Of Dracula villain, Doctor Sun, who proceeded to try to kill the Fantastic Four. Yes, an old Tomb Of Dracula villain. Yes, that really happened.
Indeed, some people don't value Marv Wolfman's run on FF enough, in part because he used it to clear up all his old Marvel loose ends before leaving for DC. Old Tomb Of Dracula villains, finishing up his Nova/Sphinx story...yeah, at times, the FF seemed a guest-star in their own book.
But a Tomb Of Dracula villain possessing H.E.R.B.I.E. to kill the FF? Gosh, I love comics!
**Comics for only 40¢? Yes, that really happened...