Name: Tandy Bowen
Legal Status: American citizen with no criminal record, still
Former Aliases: None
Place of Birth: Shaker Heights,
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Melissa (mother),
unnamed father, Phillip Carlisle (stepfather), Father Michael Bowen (uncle)
Group Affiliation: Partner of Cloak
Base of Operations: The
Holy Ghost Church, 42nd Street, New York City
First Appearance: SPECTACULAR
History: Tandy Bowen was a sixteen-year
old who grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland
where many wealthy people lived. Bowen's mother, Melissa, was
a celebrated model who had become rich not only from her own
career but also from receiving her previous husband's estate.
That earlier husband, who was Tandy's father, had left for India,
for "spiritual rebirth." Subsequently Melissa married
a kindly man named Phillip Carlisle. But the self-centered Melissa,
wrapped up in her career and social circles, neglected both
Phillip and Tandy, and Tandy, hurt by her father's desertion,
refused to accept her new stepfather. Feeling unloved, Tandy
turned for affection to an older teenager, Rob Daltry. But when
he left for college shortly thereafter, the despondent Tandy
left home on a bus for New York City.
She arrived at Manhattan's Port Authority Bus
Terminal and was spotted by another teenage runaway, the penniless
Tyrone Johnson. Outside the terminal, he was about to rob her
when another person snatched her purse. Johnson tackled the
thief and returned Bowen's purse. In reward, Bowen bought Johnson
some food at a nearby restaurant and they talked about why they
had become runaways.
Upon leaving the two teenagers were approached
by men working for criminal pharmaceutical chemist Simon Marshall.
The men offered the two runaways a place to stay. Bowen naively
accepted, and Johnson, knowing the men were up to no good, went
along to protect her. At the Hudson River the thugs knocked
Johnson out and then took him and Bowen by boat to Ellis Island,
where Marshall had set up his secret laboratory.
Marshall was working for the Maggia to develop
a new synthetic addictive narcotic drug which the mob hoped
would be a cheaper substitute for imported heroin. Marshall
experimented with the drug by injecting it into the bloodstreams
of the runaways his men captured. He injected it into Bowen
and Johnson as well. All of the other runaways who had been
injected with the drug died, but Bowen and Johnson somehow survived.
The two runaways escaped their cell, and, pursued by gunfire,
were forced to dive into the river.
As they attempted to swim to Manhattan, Johnson
found himself engulfed by total blackness. But then he saw Bowen,
glowing with light. He swam to her, and her light dispelled
the blackness. They reached the Manhattan shore, where Bowen
fell into a delirium. Johnson then discovered that he had been
transformed into a strange inhuman being. Bowen and Johnson
were then found by the thugs who had taken them to Marshall.
Johnson began to swallow them up within the eerie blackness
within the large cloak he had just improvised for himself. Just
then Bowen awoke and, acting instinctively, struck the thugs
down with daggers of light that she projected from her fingertips.
The two runaways realized that the drug had transformed
them into superhumanly powerful beings. Calling themselves
Cloak and Dagger, they dedicated
their lives to using their powers to save other children
and teenagers from being harmed by drug dealers and other
criminals. As Dagger, Bowen often tries to restrain Cloak
from giving in entirely to the "hunger" that drives
him to project people into a dimension of darkness. She
also uses the "light" she generates to help satisfy
that "hunger." She has attempted to leave her
life as a vigilante, but hem returned to it, convinced that
only Cloak truly loves her. Even when Spider-Man sought
to reunite Dagger with her stepfather, she stood steadfast
by Cloak's side. Tyrone attempted to envelop the wall-crawler
in his cloak, angered by his interference, but Dagger grabbed
hold of Spider-Man to protect him from the garment's effects.
Within the blackness, she showed the web-slinger the world
as Cloak sees it: an amalgamation of auras and evil, where
darkness of the soul shines through like an ebony beacon.
This experience reassured Cloak that Dagger never would
No longer able to keep the darkness at bay, Cloak
embarked on a mad quest to consume any and all lawbreakers --
from a healthy motorist who had parked his car in a handicapped
space to the Punisher. A desperate Dagger sought the aid of
a loose-knit band of urban-based adventurers: the Black Widow,
super-spy turned super hero; Daredevil, fearless blind adventurer;
Dr. Strange, Earth's Sorcerer Supreme; Moon Knight, undead avenger
of evil; and Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu. In an attempt to
reason with Cloak, Strange transported Moon Knight, Daredevil
and the Black Widow into the dimension of darkness, which had
been transformed into a nightmarish reflection of New York City.
There, the heroes learned that Cloak had come
under the control of the demonic entity known as Nightmare.
Meanwhile, Dagger confronted Cloak on the mortal plane. Tyrone
had been transformed by the hunger, leaving Tandy no choice
but to unleash the full extent of her power against her crimefighting
companion. Through her love for her best friend, Dagger cleansed
Cloak of the darkness and transformed him back into the young
man he had been prior to Simon Marshall's experiments. The darkness
that once possessed him now resides in Dagger, balanced by her
Height: 5 ft. 5 in.
Weight: 116 lbs.
Strength Level: Dagger possesses the normal
human strength of a young woman of her age, height, and build
who engages in intensive regular exercise. (However, it should
be noted that Dagger, who was once a ballet student, exercises
to develop and maintain her agility, not her ability to lift
Known Superhuman Powers: Dagger possesses
the superhuman ability to generate an unknown form of luminescence.
It is not known why Simon Marshall's drug endowed Bowen and
Tyrone Johnson with unusual powers rather than killing them
as it did others. There is apparently some unknown biochemical
factor in the bodies of Johnson and Bowen that is responsible
for the effects that Marshal's drug had on them.
The "light" that Dagger generates is
a manifestation of the life force that exists within all living
beings. Hence, Dagger's light is actually a form of psionic
energy, rather than being ordinary light, such as is created
by the sun or by an electrical lamp. Dagger generates far more
of this psionic "light" within herself than ordinary
living beings do, and therefore she can employ this extra "light"
for various uses without depriving herself of the life energy
she needs to exist.
Dagger's "light" responds to her mental
commands, both conscious and subconscious. She can, for example,
will herself to project her daggers of "light," but
she might also release the daggers instinctively on seeing someone
in danger without consciously intending to do so. Dagger's control
of her "light" is limited by her own degree of understanding
of her power and her degree of experience in using it.
Dagger can project her "light" around
herself as a glow surrounding her body. She can also project
her "light" from her fingertips, usually in the form
of six-inch long wedge-shaped projectiles of pure "light"
which she calls her "daggers of light" or her "light-knives."
When these projectiles strike a human target,
they cause a biophysical shock reaction to the victim's nervous
system by depriving him of part of his own life energy, or "light."
If the victim is in poor physical condition to begin with, or
is struck with more than one of these "light-knives."
he or she may die. Dagger can also, by an act of will, generate
"light-knives" with which she can kill even a victim
in good health by depriving him or her of all of his or her
life energy. Otherwise she can use the "daggers of light"
to remove only part of the victim's life energy, leaving him
or her temporarily paralyzed, usually for about five minutes,
depending on the victim's metabolism. While thus immobilized,
the victim feels frozen and ill, and fears he or she is going
The paralysis has an additional effect on the
victim's mind. While immobilized, the victim will have a vision
of what he would be like if he or she fulfilled his potential
for "good" (Dagger herself associates what she defines
as moral "goodness" with the life energy "light.")
However, if the victim is an "evildoer" who is set
in his or her "evil" ways, he or she will return to
his previous ways upon recovering from his paralysis. A victim
who is not so determined to be "evil" might be inspired
by his or her vision to adopt a more "moral" way of
The life energy that Dagger's "light-knives"
remove from her victims flows into Dagger herself, increasing
her own supply of "light." At times her stores of
"light" grow so large that they threaten to overwhelm
the young woman. She will then use some of this "excess
light" to feed Cloak's "hunger" for projecting
life energy into the dimension of darkness to which he is linked.
She will "feed" Cloak "light" whenever she
feels he needs it and he will allow her to do so.
Dagger has a certain amount of control over her
"light-knives" while they are in flight She can, for
example, make them alter their trajectories in mid-flight. She
can, use them to seek out and strike victims who are far away
from her. The exact limits of her range are unknown, but are
probably confined to within the borders of a city. The further
that the "light-knives" travel from Dagger, and the
longer they are away from her, the weaker they become. Dagger
can renew the life energy of the "knives" by mentally
commanding them to strike living beings.
Perhaps because of the emotional bend between
Cloak and Dagger, she can use her "light-knives" to
locate him over an even greater range than she can use "light-knives"
to locate her victims. In using her daggers of light to locate
Cloak, however, she is limited by the amount of light within
her own body. Once, after expending a great deal of "light"
using her powers to search Manhattan for him. Dagger nearly
exhausted her life energy and almost died.
Dagger can also use her "light-knives"
to cleanse people of various kinds of physical "impurities"
which threaten to diminish these people's "light"
or life energies, and hence may even threaten to kill them.
Such "impurities" include poisons and addictive drugs.
When Dagger uses her "light-knives" to cleanse a person
of impurities, she does not draw life energy from him or her,
as she does with her victims. Rather, she projects some of her
own life energy into the person (just as she projects life energy
"light" into Cloak's dimension of darkness) The "light"
that Dagger gives the person gives him or her the strength to
overcome the harmful effects of the "impurity.'' However,
using her light to purge the "impurities" of others
can impose a great physical strain on Dagger.
When Dagger's "light-knives" strike
a non-living solid object, they sometimes ricochet and at other
times disperse, perhaps depending on the angle and force of
impact. They do not have any apparent physical effect on the
object themselves. Although the "light" projectiles
are called "daggers" and "knives," they
do not have the same effects on living beings that ordinary
knives do: in other words, the "light-knives" penetrate
the skin without cutting it physically.
To judge by the conservative manner in which she
employs them, there seems to be a limit on the number of "light-knives"
that Dagger can generate within a given period of time.
Due to the great amount of life energy "light"
that she generates, Dagger is the only person known to be able
to travel within Cloak's dimension of darkness, apart, of course,
for Cloak himself, without suffering any ill effects to the
body or mind. If she accompanies others within the dimension
of darkness, she can use her "light" to protect them
as well, although even then the people traveling with her will
see visions within the dimension that may terrify them.
The great amount of "light" within Dagger
increases her physical agility and swiftness, although not to
Cloak can "teleport" Dagger from place
to place through his dimension of darkness. She herself has
no power of teleportation.
Other Abilities: Dagger is highly athletic,
and is able to perform various gymnastic feats with great grace
and style. In part her athletic skill is due to her own self-training,
and in part it is the result of the effects of the great amount
of life energy "light" within her body. Dagger also
appears to have trained herself to become a good hand-to-hand
combatant, although she prefers to use her superhuman powers
in battle instead.