Where there is light, there must be darkness. Introduced in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #64 (1982) by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan, Cloak is the dark side of the duo of Cloak and Dagger. Tyrone was a young man with a shuttering problem who witnessed a store robbery with his friend. However, the thieves ran and the police believed that Tyrone and his friend were the robbers so they shot his friend. Tyrone fled the city and made his way to New York. There he saved Tandy Bowen from a purse snatcher, his future partner Dagger. The two became close but were kidnapped by drug lords and forced to become test subjects for their new drugs. The drug activated latent powers (it’s still debated if they were mutants in origin or not) in both and they escaped and became the vigilante Cloak and Dagger.
The two went on a merciless vendetta against drug lords bringing them into the attention of Spider-man, who tried to stare them into the right path. They would later team up with other young heroes like the Power Pack, New Mutants and the Runaways. They would pop up in other series like Spider-man and Daredevil, even becoming part of the Marvel Knights team. During the Civil War, both of them joined with Cap’s side with Cloak being used mostly as a mode of transport for the entire team. During the Dark Reign, they were made part of Norman Osborn’s Dark X-men but when Emma Frost and Namor betrayed that team, they were offered a place in the X-men. During the Spider Island arc, they were reunited with Mister Negative, another escapee from the drug lords that gave them their power. However, he used his reversal powers to make them loyal to him and at the same time reverse their power sets, with Cloak getting the light powers and Dagger getting the darkness powers. Thankfully, during an adventure in China, they were cure and turn “normal” with the help of Spider-man. They remained in China to track down and defeat Mister Negative.
Cloak and Dagger have been 2 characters that have been requested as a 2-pack ever since the 2-packs were introduced into the Marvel Legends line. Most people had to use the Marvel Select version but they were too big for their display. While it may be because of the TV series, Hasbro has finally granted us them in the SP//DR wave. Not a 2-pack but thankfully in the same wave.
- Most of Cloak body is actually a doorway to the dark dimension. Thus most of his body is black with the cloak he wears acting as a medium to use his power. This is how he generally look in the comics with the cloak being color differently.
- Why you need it for your collection?:
- Both long awaited and long request character, these are a must for most collection. It is highly needed for your Spider-man collection as well as Marvel Knights, Daredevil, Street Level, Avengers (well civil war team) and X-men.
- Does it need a remake?:
Below is a gallery of costumes that still need to be made. Click on the image to see chances of it being made. Please note that this is my personal opinion and not fact. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments below.