The definitive, chronological, and up-to-date guide and trade reading-order on collecting Cloak & Dagger comic books via omnibuses, hardcovers, and trade paperback graphic novels. A part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated July 2016 with titles scheduled for release through March 2017.
Cloak and Dagger are a very 80s odd couple: a pair of teenage runaways from opposite sides of the tracks and get mixed up in drugs with a superhero twist.
As you’d expect for the, it’s blonde-haired, naive Tandy Bowen who comes from the moneyed upbringing and book-smart and street-smart Tyrone Johnson grew up poor. They bond while on the streets, but after being kidnapped and injected with synthetic heroine, they come away with newfound superpowers! Bowen gainst he power of psionic light, while Johnson gains access to the Darkforce Dimension
The pair were conceived and written by Bill Mantlo in the pages of Spectacular Spider-Man in 1983, and he wrote them almost exclusively for their first four years across three series. Mantlo kept their focus mostly on battling drug dealers and other reality-based street-level menaces, rather than super villains.
When Mantlo left them in 1987, their focus shifted – the book was even relaunched as “The Mutant Misadventures of” to try to tie the duo into the white-hot X-Men. It didn’t work, and in 1991 they were cancelled just as Claremont and Lee’s run on X-Men reached its peak of sales. Despite the fleeting “mutant” label, Cloak and Dagger were never a part of the X-books and would be later re-retconned as non-mutants.
Since 1991, Cloak and Dagger have been relegated to permanent guest-star status. Cloak tends to feature more-prominently, since he’s one of relatively few teleporters in Marvel’s arsenal and a suitably stoic foil to other lead characters, like Wolverine. The pair saw a brief revival as part of the Marvel Knights team in 200o, and later from 2009 to 2011 with participation in Dark Reign and Spider-Island stories. Afterwards, it was back to occasional guest star status – although that might not last for long, given they were greenlit for a television pilot in 2015.
Do you need a quick introduction with a few suggested reads? Head to my blog post announcing this guide.
- The Spectacular Spider-Man & Cloak and Dagger, Vol. 1 (1983)
- Cloak and Dagger, Vol. 2 (1985 – 1986)
- Strange Tales (1987 – 1988)
- The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger (1988 – 1991)
- Guest Stars (1991 – 1999)
- Marvel Knights & Runaways (2000 – 2004)
- House of M & Civil War (2006 – 2007)
- Dark Reign through Marvel Now (2008 – 2015)
- All-New, All-Different Marvel (2015 – present)
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Cloak and Dagger debuted as guest-stars in Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man before quickly graduating to their own limited series.
Cloak and Dagger: Shadows and Light
The definitive collection of this early period, this 2017 Epic-sized trade paperback includes every one of the major appearances that Cloak & Dagger make prior to their ongoing series in 1985 with the exception of Power Pack #6-8. That includes: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #64, 69-70, 81-82, 94-96; Cloak And Dagger (1983) #1-4; Marvel Team-Up Annual 6; Marvel Fanfare (1982) #19; New Mutants (1983) #23-25. (It’s effectively both of the hardcovers listed below combined, plus the New Mutants issues.)
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #64, 69-70, 81-82: Cloak & Dagger: Crime and Punishment hardcover
Also includes #94-96, Marvel Team Up Annual 6, and Marvel Fanfare #19, all below.Also included in Shadows and Light, above. See Spider-Man for other collection options.
During PPSSM #64: brief flashback in Power Pack (1984) #7
Cloak and Dagger (1983) #1-4: Cloak & Dagger: Child of Darkness, Child of Light hardcover
Issue #1 is also reprinted in Marvel Firsts: The 1980s (2013). Also included in Shadows and Light, above.
Marvel Team-Up (1972) Annual 6: In Punishment, above. Also, see Spider-Man.
During or After Marvel Team-Up Annual 6: Code Of Honor (1997) #3 (flashback)
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #94-96: In Punishment, above. Also included in Shadows and Light, above. Also, see Spider-Man.
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #97: See Spider-Man. This appearance may be a brief flashback or memory.
Marvel Fanfare (1982) #19: This is a one-shot Cloak and Dagger story in Punishment, above. Also included in Shadows and Light, above.
New Mutants (1983) #23-25: Included in Shadows and Light, above. Also, see New Mutants.
Power Pack (1984) #6-8: Power Pack Classic, Vol. 01
Cloak and Dagger landed their first ongoing series in 1985 amidst shake-ups that saw many 1970s series being cancelled.
Marvel Graphic Novel #56 – Cloak & Dagger And Power Pack: Shelter From The Storm (1989) (ISBN 978-0871356017)
Despite its release in 1989, this fits much earlier in continuity! Reprinted in Power Pack Classic, Vol. 2.
Cloak And Dagger Vol. 2 (1985) #1-11: Cloak and Dagger: Lost and Found
Also collects the Cloak & Dagger stories from Strange Tales #1-2. Issue #4 also appears in Secret Wars II Omnibus – see Marvel Universe Events for more information.
Secret Wars II: See Marvel Universe Events. Cloak and Dagger appear in #9 (and possibly also #3?).
After #4: Power Pack (1984) #19
After #5: Secret Wars II (1985) #9, Power Pack (1984) #24 (Cloak only), Power Pack (1984) #25 (Dagger only), Power Pack (1984) #26
After #8: Doctor Strange Vol. 2 (Master Of The Mystic Arts) (1974) #78 (Cloak only)
Strange Tales consolidated the previously bi-monthly Doctor Strange and Cloak & Dagger into a single monthly book with two stories, in the model of Marvel’s 1960s anthology series.
Strange Tales Vol. 2 (1987) #1-19: Not collected, except for #1-2 above in Lost and Found and #7 in Dr. Strange: Strange Tales.
Marvel Graphic Novel #34 – Cloak & Dagger: Predator and Prey (1988) (ISBN 978-0871351258)
This fits between #3-4. Not re-collected.
Cloak and Dagger also appear in the Doctor Strange story in #7 after their story in #7.
Strange Tales ended and graduated its featured heroes into their own ongoing books. Despite the “mutant misadventures” title, Cloak and Dagger didn’t get much bounce from the speculation over X-Men in 1990 and 1991 – they were shelved with their 49th issue, overall.
Mutant Misadventures of Cloak And Dagger (1988) #1-13: Not collected, except for #4 with Inferno and #9 with Acts of Vengeance, described below. #5-6 and 10 are Dagger only. #7 is Cloak only.
#4: X-Men Inferno, Vol. 2
Collects Uncanny X-Men (1981) #241-243, Excalibur (1988) #6-7, X-Factor (1986) #37-40, New Mutants (1983) #73, Cloak & Dagger (1988) #4, Power Pack (1984) #44. Also collected in oversized hardcover in X-Men Inferno (which also includes the contents of a Vol. 1 paperback).
Marvel Comics Presents #9: Not collected. a C&D story that occurs during #8 of their series.
During #8 and after Presents #9: Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) Annual 9, Fantastic Four (1961) Annual 22 (Dagger only), Power Pack (1984) #53 (Dagger only)
Title changes to “Cloak and Dagger,” making it their Volume 3.
Cloak and Dagger Vol. 3 (1990) #14-19: Not collected, except for #18 in Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus.
Infinity Gauntlet: See Marvel Universe Events. Participation begins after the conclusion of #19 despite #18 being an early tie-in. Cloak appears in #2-4 & 6. Dagger is implied in #2 and appears in #6.
During IG #3: Silver Surfer Vol. 3 (1987) #52 (Cloak only; also implied in #54)
During IG #4: Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme (1988) #33 (Cloak only is implied)
Cloak and Dagger briefly retreated to the Spider-Man office as their home base, although they would also have an off-and-on relationship with the New Warriors.
Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 3 (1990) #6 (3rd story) and #7 (2nd story): Not collected. These feature a C&D inventory story.
Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #77-78: See Spider-Man
Spider-Man 1992 Annuals: See Spider-Man. The primary story in these annuals is “The Hero Killers” (a crossover to New Warriors), but C&D appear in the fifth stories of Spider-Man Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Annual 26, Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) #Annual 12, and Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #Annual 8. See Spider-Man for collection options, but keep in mind some collection may only include the A-stories.
Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #115 (4th story): This one-shot C&D story is not collected (though other stories from this issue are)
Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #Annual 9 (2nd story): See Spider-Man
Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #119-122 (3rd stories): Not collected. A story with Ghost-Rider!
Forces of Darkness, Forces of Light: Not collected. As you might imagine based on its title, C&D appear prominently in this story in New Warriors (1990) #32-34 & Annual 3.
Maximum Carnage: See Spider-Man.
Cloak & Dagger’s chronology in this event is Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #101, then Cloak appears in Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #378, Spider-Man (1990) #35, Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) #201, Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #102, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #379, Spider-Man (1990) #36, Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) #202, Web Of Spider-Man (1985) #103, Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #380. Then, both appear in Spider-Man (1990) #37 an Spectacular Spider-Man (1988) #203.
After Maximum Carnage: Amazing Spider-Man (1963) Annual 28 (2nd story), New Warriors (1990) #35
Marvel Comics Presents (1988) #133 (4th story): Not collected
Time and Time Again: Not collected. An 8-part New Warriors story running through #50. Cloak & Dagger appear in New Warriors (1990) #48, Nova Vol. 2 (1994) #7, New Warriors (1990) #49-50 (Dagger only), and in an epilogue in New Warriors (1990) #51
After Time: Morbius: Living Vampire (1992) #29, Secret Defenders (1993) #22 & 23-25 (Dagger only), New Warriors (1990) #55 (Dagger only; implied)
Strange Tales: Dark Corners (1998) #1: Not collected. Split one-shot with Morbius.
After Tales: New Warriors Vol. 2 (1999) #1
The 2000 Marvel Knights series acted as a revival for several nearly-forgotten street-level heroes, including Cloak and Dagger.
Marvel Knights (2000) #1-15: Not collected. Dagger only in #1, 6, and 14
During #15: flashback in Black Widow: Deadly Origin (2010) #4
After #15: Thunderbolts (1997) #57-58 (Dagger only; implied in #58)
Marvel Knights Double Shot (2002) #3 (2nd story): Not collected (note that the 1st story is collected)
Runaways (2003) #11-12: See Runaways. Cloak and Dagger are the main guests in this story.
After Runaways: flashback in Great Lakes Avengers (2005) #2
This pair of events finally brought Cloak and Dagger into the limelight of the wider Marvel Universe, even if that was as occasional supporting heroes. It’s in this period that you begin to see Cloak gain a guest-starring life of his own separate from Dagger.
House of M: See Marvel Universe Events. Only Cloak participates, appear in #3-6 and implied in 7. He also appears in Captain America Vol. 5 (2004) #10 during #5.
Runaways Vol. 2 (2005) #9-12: See Runaways.
After Runaways: Marvel Knights: 4 (2004) #25 (Cloak only)
Civil War: See Marvel Universe Events. Both Cloak and Dagger participate, appearing in every issue except for #5 (Cloak only in #1-2, and off-panel in #1).
During CW #1 Wolverine Vol. 3 (2003) #42 (Cloak only)
After CW #2: Black Panther Vol. 4 (2005) #18 (Cloak only), New Avengers (2005) #23
After CW #4: Civil War: X-Men (2006) #2, Fantastic Four (1961) #539 + Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #534 + Civil War: Choosing Sides (2006) (2nd story), Civil War: War Crimes (2007) (implied)
During CW #7: Black Panther Vol. 4 (2005) #25
After Civil War: Irredeemable Ant-Man (2006) #9 (implied), Fantastic Four (1961) #562
Cloak and Dagger were co-opted by Norman Osborn as his own brand of X-Men, despite everyone being pretty sure they weren’t mutants. Along the way, they received a 2010 one-shot. Also, Cloak played an ongoing supporting role in Wolverine: Origins.
Secret Invasion: See Marvel Universe Events. Cloak appears in Secret Invasion (2008) #1
An approximate chronology for this event: flashback in Dark X-Men: Beginning (2009) #2, Uncanny X-Men #513, Dark Avengers (2009) #7, Uncanny X-Men #514, Dark Avengers (2009) #8 + Dark X-Men: Beginning (2009) #1, Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Exodus (2009)
After Utopia: Deadpool Vol. 4 (2008) #16 (Dagger only)
In this period, Cloak also appears in Dark Reign: Mister Negative
Cloak And Dagger, Vol. 4 (2010) #1: X-Women
After C&D: Black Widow: Deadly Origin (2010) #4 (Dagger only)
Wolverine: Origins (2006) #42-45, 47-48, 50: See Wolverine. This is Cloak only except for #43 (both) and #50 (Dagger only). Cloak is a supporting player throughout this arc.
After Origins #45: X-Men Vs. Agents Of Atlas (2009) #1-2
After Origins #47: Dark Wolverine (2009) #86 (Cloak only)
After Origins #50: New Avengers (2010) Annual 01, Fear Itself: The Deep (2011) #4
In this period, Cloak also appears in Heroic Age: Heroes
Spider-Island: See Marvel Universe Events. Cloak & Dagger appear prominently throughout this event.
An approximate chronology for this event: The Amazing Spider-Man: Infested (2011) #1 (collects backups starting from #663), The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #663, Spider Island Daily Bugle (2011) #1, The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #667, Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger (2011) #1, The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #668 (Cloak only), Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2011) #1 (Cloak only), Spider-Island: The Amazing Spider-Girl (2011) #2, Spider-Island: Heroes For Hire (2011) #1 (Cloak only), Spider-Island: Cloak & Dagger (2011) #2-3, The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #672 (Cloak only)
After Spider-Island: Wolverine (2010) #310 & 312-313
Cloak & Dagger were almost completely missing in action during Marvel Now from 2012 to 2015, appearing only in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up (2013) #1 and Nightcrawler (2014) #7!
The Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #6-8: See Spider-Man
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