Though not romantically involved, the two have nearly been inseparable since their initial encounter with each other as teenagers. For years, they’ve relied on each other’s powers to cope with their own, and as a result have developed one of the strongest relationships in the Marvel universe.
Tyrone Johnson was 17 years old, living in a poor South Boston neighbourhood, when he and his friend Billy witnessed a robbery. The criminals fled the scene, leaving Billy and Tyrone wrongly suspected of the crime by a police officer, who shot Billy dead. Terribly afraid and confused, Tyrone fled Boston, and made his way to New York City.
Penniless, hungry, and alone, Tyrone decided to steal a young woman’s purse. That was until someone robbed her first, which forced Tyrone to tackle the thief and return the purse to its rightful owner, Tandy Bowen. The two immediately became close friends.
When the naive Tandy was lured away by a couple of strange men one day, Tyrone followed her to ensure no harm came to her. Unfortunately for the both of them, the two teens were captured, and delivered to criminal chemist Simon Marshall, who had been testing a new synthetic heroin on runaway teens. Somehow surviving the experiments, Tyrone and Tandy fled the dicey shelter, and discovered they had developed strange powers, which managed to link the two together. The young boy found himself engulfed in darkness, with a strange, surfacing hunger that only managed to diminish in the presence of Tandy, who was glowing with a brilliant light.
Hiding his shadowy appearance in a makeshift cloak, Tyrone began absorbing Marshall’s thugs into his darkness while Tandy struck them down with daggers of light. This marked the emergence of Cloak and Dagger, who from that point on declared war on drug crime. Though their methods were ruthless during their initial stint at vigilantism, they developed into true super heroes who formed admirable relationships with local authorities, and in time, big name super heroes as well.
The inseparable duo have been threatened with separation on several occasions during their crime fighting days. From sympathetic Father Francis Delgado – the man who took them into the Holy Ghost Church, providing them with a new sanctuary – who over time became romantically obsessed with Tandy, to the super-villain Carnage and his massive killing spree in New York, which nearly cost Dagger’s life, obstacles have been aplenty.
Despite facing off against other dangerous foes like Doctor Doom, the Beyonder, Mephisto, Thanos, and many more, Cloak and Dagger continue to have one of the longest lasting, and strongest relationships in Marvel.
Feature image from: No-Sign-of-Sanity, DeviantArt