Cloak (Tyrone "Ty" Johnson) and Dagger (Tandy Bowen) are a fictional comic book superhero duo appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.They were created by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Ed Hannigan.In April 2016, Marvel Television announced that the duo would appear in their own television show.
He recounted, "They came in the night, when all was silent and my mind was blank.
They came completely conceived as to their powers and attributes, their origin and motivation.
They embodied between them all that fear and misery, hunger and longing that had haunted me on Ellis Island." Ed Hannigan, Mantlo's artist collaborator on Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man, recalled that he and Mantlo jointly came up with the characters' visual design: "Bill had a short page or two synopsis of the story that he showed me, and we discussed what the characters would look like.
He gave me a lot of leeway, but it was fairly obvious that Cloak would be black and have a big ‘animated’ black cloak and Dagger would be white with a skintight leotard-type thing.
I am not sure, but I think I might have come up with her ballet angle.
I put the same kind of amulet/clasp on both costumes and came up with the dagger-shaped cutout on her costume, which was quite daring at the time." After a number of additional Spider-Man guest appearances, they were given their own four-issue limited series, written by creator Bill Mantlo, penciled by Rick Leonardi, and inked by Terry Austin.
It debuted in October 1983 and was a success, prompting Marvel Comics to launch an ongoing bi-monthly Cloak and Dagger series in 1985, with the same creative team.
Costumed supervillains rarely appeared in the series, which focused on Cloak and Dagger's quest to end the drug trade completely and frequently explored the issue of vigilantism.
Leonardi left after issue #6 and was replaced by a series of fill-in pencilers.
After issue #11, Marvel combined the bi-monthly titles Cloak and Dagger and Doctor Strange into a monthly double-feature series, Strange Tales.
The title change was accompanied by Bret Blevins stepping in as both penciler and inker.