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  • Writer's pictureAdam Braun

Cloak and Dagger... a surprising recommendation!

Updated: Nov 17, 2023

The joining of darkness and light! Ever since I was young, I loved Cloak and Dagger, two Marvel characters that first appeared in Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man #64. I loved the design of the characters and the tragic story which gave them their powers (Tyrone (Ty) Johnson [Cloak] and Tandy Bowen [Dagger] are teenagers who were injected with synthetic heroin that gave them the twin superpowers of light and darkforce control. Dagger can create daggers of light and use her power to heal, while Cloak can teleport and turn intangible through the darkforce. Both draw powers from the emotions of those they touch, Dagger through hope and Cloak through fear. [Thanks Wiki:)]).

Anyway, I was cruisin' through social media and found a Cloak and Dagger page drawn by Art Adams, an artist who inspired my early work and continues to amazing with his detailed pieces. He was just starting out in the mid to late 80s when he was penciler on some of my favorite comics, especially the Uncanny X-Men Annual #9 and New Mutants Special #1 (Asgardian Wars), Longshot, and New Fantastic Four #347-349 (that had Spider-Man, Wolverine, Ghost Rider, and the Hulk!).

Anyway, I stumbled upon this C&D page and never realized he worked on the book. So I did a little research, and he did one issue, and it was awesome (Issue #9, titled "The Lady and the Unicorn"). When I looked to see if he did any others, I came to realize the C&D series had a bunch of great artists. Rick Leonardi started the series, and I always dug his art, but towards the end of the title, you had fill-ins from Marc Silvestri, Mike Mignola, Terry Shoemaker, Bret Blevins, and June Brigman... all great artist who would go on to bigger things. And the whole series was inked by the great Terry Austin! The artwork on C&D was strong!

I'm considering picking up the whole run (it's only 11 issues), and would recommend it for any comic fan (especially anyone born after 1990:). It definitely hit on some nostalgia for me... the 80s were a great time for comics!

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