thom chiaramonte

I draw comics, ride bikes, and eat melon; sometimes simultaneously.

TRDL 2010 Series No. 8 - Dagger

TRDL 2010 Series No. 8 - Dagger

TRDL 2010 Series No. 8 - Dagger

I really liked Cloak and Dagger back in the day. Sure, I was somewhat divorced, due to the naivete of youth, from some of the subtext of the design, the whole inter-racial thing. Looking back on it now, I see some pretty blatant stereotype-stylization in the design, from the dark, mysterious, dangerous, frightening black man to the sexy, sensual, lithe ballet-dancer-type white girl he’s alarmingly enveloping in sexual entanglement. And of course the characters themselves carried a backstory that was manifested in their looks as well, being teens on the run, recovering from drug abuse or whatever. It’s like someone at Marvel was worried their teenage daughter was going to run away with a brother from across the tracks who would riddle her with smack and massage oils, and another guy at Marvel drew this up and said: no, wait! see, it all works out!

Well, anyway, I just liked how they looked. I liked that the characters were bonded, in a loving relationship, devoted to each other. I responded to the pedestalization of the girlfriend, and probably the dancer physique too. And of course, I’ve always been a sucker for monochromatic designs, and loved the simplicity of Dagger’s costume and the dark color blocking of Cloak’s as well.

For this jam, I wanted to do another classic pose, and make it a bomber girl. That precluded the use of Cloak himself, so I snuck his look in with that ribbon decal. There are a few easter eggs in this one, as usual…

Anyway, please enjoy!

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