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Shade (DC)
Real Name: Richard 'Dickie' Swift
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English by birth, the Shade finds himself most at home in Opal City, a place he has come to love dearly. Over a century ago, he and a dwarf called Culp experienced something which gave them command of a mysterious shadow-substance and made them immortal. Using these abilities for mercenary purposes, the two of them often clashed across the globe for many years, until finally Culp disappeared. The Shade made a name for himself, of a sort, as a costumed villain, fighting the masked mystery men of America for no reason other than for sport. In recent years, however, he has mellowed and reformed, tending to use his powers in protection of Opal City and could even be regarded as a hero of sorts, having formed friendships with a number of super-people, not least Starman Jack Knight. He has also had a final confrontation with Culp, who had been hiding within his own body for decades. He is now pursuing the current Spider, a member of the hated Ludlow family, against whom the Shade has a long-standing grudge.


First Appearance: Flash Comics (1940) #33

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Issue Appearances:
80 Page Giant (1964)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Beware The Creeper (2003)
Blackest Night (2009)
Blackest Night: Rise of the Black Lanterns (2010)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Chronos (1998)
Countdown (2007)
Countdown Special: The Atom (2008)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
Crisis on Multiple Earths: The Team-Ups (2005)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
DC Comics Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
DC Comics Presents: Superman - Sole Survivor (2011)
DC Museum Edition (2001)
DC Retroactive: JLA - The '70s (2011)
DCU: Brave New World (2006)
Flash Comics (1940)
Flash Special (1990)
Genesis (1997)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Darwyn Cooke (2015)
Green Arrow (2001)
Green Arrow/Black Canary (2007)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Infinity, Inc. (1984)
JLA: Incarnations (2001)
JSA (1999)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America (2006)
Justice League: Cry for Justice (2009)
Justice League: The Rise & Fall Special (2010)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Legends of the DC Universe (1998)
Martian Manhunter (1998)
Secret Origins (1986)
Showcase '95 (1995)
Showcase '96 (1996)
Starman (1994)
Starman 80-Page Giant (1999)
Starman Secret Files (1998)
Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. (1999)
Super-Team Family (1975)
Teen Titans (2003)
The Flash (1959)
The Flash (1987)
The Flash 80-Page Giant (1998)
The Flash: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
The Flash: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2007)
The Life Story of the Flash (1997)
The Shade (1997)
The Vault of Michael Allred (2006)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
Injustice Society of the World
Injustice Unlimited

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