Highly Recommended. Introduced in 1967, Deadman was a circus performer known as “Boston” Brand who was murdered while on the high-wire. In the afterlife, his spirit gained the ability to possess the bodies of the living! First so he could discover the identity of his killer and bring him to justice–then, to fight crime and supernatural menaces. Featuring spectacular art by Neal Adams, José Luis García-López and others. Deadman continues as part of DC’s universe, one of their most unusual heroes (hey, he’s dead. Shades of The Spectre!). Featuring spectacular art by Neal Adams, José Luis García-López and others, these tales take Deadman across the DC Universe in search of justice. DC Comics, 2020.
Created by Arnold Drake and Carmine Infantino in 1967, it was nonetheless talented young Neal Adams that put his stamp on the character with incredible, powerful, and innovative artwork. Deadman was a circus performer known as “Boston” Brand who was murdered while on the high-wire. In the afterlife, his spirit gained the ability to possess the bodies of the living. First so he could discover the identity of his killer and bring him to justice–then, to fight crime and supernatural menaces. Also Featuring spectacular art by José Luis García-López, Deadman continues as part of DC’s universe, one of their most unusual heroes (hey, he’s dead! Shades of The Spectre!).
Neal Adams was the golden boy at DC at this time, in the late 1960s. He’d breathed new life into Batman and Detective Comics, did the famous Green Lantern/Green Lantern “traveling heros” series, even worked over at Marvrl on The X-Men, trying to save that title from cancellation. He was doing amazing covers that were being snapped up by fans, on dozens of different titles. This was a chance to do a new and different hero after Infantino moved on, and Deadman quickly became a fan favorite DC title, including for this fan, Bud, as each great new issue came out.
Deadman’s curse was that he was dead…his spirit was doomed to wander the earth, but could effect no changes or even talk to anyone. But…it could move into a living person’s body, whether a ordinary oerson, another superhero, or most often a criminal, and then, watch out what he could do! It was a great concept.
Like the highly popular The Fugitive television series and the film, Boston Brand first went after the killer who only he recognized, in an extended series of adventures. But eventually he became a recurring character in the DC world, pairing up with rather surprised other heroes, and fighting unusual villains and otherworldly threats.
Here is near-on twenty years of his appearances!
This massive hardcover collects Strange Adventures #205-216; The Brave and the Bold #79, #86, #104 and #133; Aquaman #50-52; Challengers of the Unknown #74 and #84-87; Justice League of America #94; World’s Finest Comics #223 and #227; The Phantom Stranger #33 and #39-41; Superman Family #183; DC Super-Stars #18; DC Special Series #8; Adventure Comics #460-466; DC Comics Presents #94; Detective Comics #500; Deadman #1-4, 1986; Secret Origins #15; and covers from Deadman #1-7, 1985.
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