Cloak and Dagger are two of the more interesting perennial guest stars of the Marvel Universe, making them a surprising choice for any featured multimedia presence.
Indeed, after a 1980’s creation in the pages of Spider-Man comics that generated a series of short-lived solo titles (including a brief bout of desperate “We’re Mutant X-Men Too” hype), Cloak and Dagger have been without their own ongoing comic series since the early 90’s.
Nonetheless, the duo have played a role in several well-known comics throughout the 2000’s, in everything from Runaways to Civil War to Secret Empire.
Below you’ll find a complete guide to Cloak and Dagger comic book appearances, as well as collected comic book trades and graphic novels starring the Marvel Universe’s OG Runaways.
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Cloak and Dagger Comics Reading Order
Cloak and Dagger: Shadows and Light
Collects: Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) 64, 69-70, #81-82,; Cloak And Dagger (1983) 1-4; , Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #94-96, Marvel Fanfare (1982) #19, Marvel Team-Up Annual 6; New Mutants (1983) 23-25
Cloak and Dagger debuted (much like the Punisher) in the pages of Spider-Man comics, before fleshing out their story in the Bill Mantlo written four issue miniseries. The duo of light and dark also made a memorable appearance in the all-time great creative run of Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz on New Mutants, slotting in between the “Demon Bear Saga” and the innovative origin of Legion on the Marvel Universe.
Collects: Power Pack #1-10
Cloak and Dagger appear in Power Pack issues #6 to #8.
Collects: Marvel Graphic Novel #56
Also collected in Power Pack Classic Vol. 2
Mid 80’s Solo Series (The Glory Days!)
Cloak and Dagger: Lost and Found
Collects: Cloak And Dagger (1985) 1-11, Material From Strange Tales (1987) 1-2
Cloak and Dagger in their debut ongoing, although it only lasted eleven issues before the duo was moved to backup stories in the Dr. Strange focused Strange Tales relaunch.
Collects: Strange Tales #1 To #19
Cloak and Dagger ran as backups to Dr. Strange throughout the relaunched Strange Tales — While the first two of these backups are in the “Lost and Found” collection above, only Cloak and Dagger in issue #7 collected here. For now, back issue warriors are the only readers who can tap into these appearances!
Cloak and Dagger: Predator and Prey
Collects: Marvel Graphic Novel #34
Cloak and Dagger In The 1990’s
The Mutant Misadventures of Cloak and Dagger
Collects: Mutant Misadventures Of Cloak & Dagger #1 To #13
In one of the more notable (of many) attempts to figure out how to sell Cloak and Dagger, Marvel recast the young heroes as merry Marvel mutants on the early 90’s X-Men hype train.
Collects: Cloak And Dagger #14 To #19
Following issue #13 of “Mutant Misadventures,” Cloak and Dagger returned to their traditional series title, and continued what remains the longest ongoing comic for the heroes.
Marvel Unlimited continues to label the series “Mutant Misadventures” through this time, including the Infinity Gauntlet tie-in issue in #18.
Collects: Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #9, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #26, Spectacular Spider-Man Annual #12, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #8, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #28, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #8
Cloak and Dagger continued their Spider-Man connections throughout the 90’s, namely in a series of (largely unrelated) Annual issues.
New Warriors: Forces of Darkness, Forces of Light
Collects: New Warriors #32 To #34, New Warriors Annual #3
Cloak and Dagger were also frequent players in New Warriors, with the group of younger heroes making a lot of sense as parallels.
Collects: Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #378-380, Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203, Spider-Man #35-37, Spider-Man Unlimited #1 And #2, And Web Of Spider-Man #101-103
While they aren’t in every issue, Cloak and Dagger are in and out of Maximum Carnage.
New Warriors: Time and Time Again
Collects: New Warriors #48 To #51
Cloak and Dagger Guest Cameo In 2000’s Comics
Collects: Marvel Knights #1 to #15
Dagger joins up with the late 90’s / early 2000’s Marvel Knights crew including Daredevil, Shang-Chi, Black Widow, and Punisher!
Cloak and Dagger: Runaways and Reversals
Collects: Runaways (2003) 11-12, Runaways (2005) 9-12, Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2, Cloak And Dagger (2010) 1, Spider-Island: Cloak And Dagger 1-3, Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #663 & #666 to #668, Amazing Spider-Man (2015) 6-8; Material From Strange Tales: Dark Corners, Marvel Knights Double-Shot 3, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (2016)
In anticipation of Cloak and Dagger on Freeform TV, Marvel has put together a packaged collection of a majority of Cloak and Dagger appearances throughout the 2000’s.
While the collected edition does a nice job summing up the guest star status of Cloak and Dagger, it’s a relatively scattershot journey through the Marvel 2000’s timeline, taking you from Marvel Knights (early 2000’s) through Spider-Island (2011) and up to Amazing Spider-Man after 2015’s Secret Wars.
If you’re curious how these comics fit into the broader Marvel U, you can always check out Comic Book Herald’s complete Marvel reading order. Alternatively, I’d recommend reading the Runaways appearances first, and then reading the remaining issues after Marvel’s Civil War (listed below!).
Collects: House Of M #1-8
Cloak and Dagger are pulled in to the mega Marvel Universe events of House of M, setting the stage for a variety of high profile appearances through the 2000’s.
Cloak also makes appearances in the House of M: Avengers tie-in series.
Collects: Civil War #1 To #7
Marvel’s biggest event of the 2000’s was my first exposure to Cloak, a major player on Captain America’s side of the Civil War.
Cloak becomes short-hand for quick transport after this event, even making a brief cameo in Secret Invasion #1 at the behest of Luke Cage.
Collects: Marvel Team-Up (2004) #15 to #18
Robert Kirkman writing “The League of Losers!”
Collects: #513 to #514, Dark Avengers #8
Collects: Wolverine: Origins #42 To #50
Collects: Wolverine #310 To #313
Collects: Ultimate Spider-Man (Miles Morales) #23 to #28
Brian Michael Bendis reignited the roles of many Marvel Universe players during his time as Marvel’s grand architect (approximately 2004 to 2012), including a late run at Cloak and Dagger in the Marvel Ultimate Universe.
Collects: All-New Ultimates #1 to #12
Following their debut in Miles Morales’ Ultimate Spider-Man, and after the events of Cataclsym (Cloak and Dagger appear in the Survive! #1 tie-in), the duo joins the Ultimate Universe’s All-New Ultimates.
Collects: Runaways (2015) #1 to #4
In the alternate reality Battleworld of 2015’s Secret Wars, Tandy is in the Runaways series as Cloak, and Tyrone is Dagger. Oh also, the duo are siblings but the romantic assumptions hound them even then!
Collects: Secret Empire 0-9, Free Comic Book Day 2017 Defenders (Secret Empire Story) 1
After his limited tie-in series for Cloak and Dagger during Spider-Island, writer Nick Spencer returned (briefly) to the characters in the pages of the highly controversial 2017 event, Secret Empire.
Collects: Doctor Strange #23 To #24
Dennis Hopeless’ short time writing Doctor Strange tie-ins to Secret Empire contains the most heavily connected Cloak and Dagger story elements.
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