Real Name: Unrevealed
Identity/Class: Extradimensional (race
unknown; see comments); pre-modern era
Occupation: Spy, scout
Group Membership: None
Affiliations: Possibly Warlord Kaa (see comments)
Enemies: Mankind in general, Casey
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Mobile throughout Earth; originally from the "Shadow World" (see comments)
First Appearance: Tales of Suspense I#7/1 (January, 1960)
Powers/Abilities: The Shadow Man was an immaterial two-dimensional being who could become three-dimensional and solidify his body. He had enough strength to crush a rifle. He could also alter his size and shape and hide in another person's shadow.
History: (Tales of Suspense I#7) - The Shadow Man came to Earth as a spy to test mankind's defenses for his fellow shadow men for their planned invasion. He first appeared at an atomic research center. After battling the MP's guarding the facility, the Shadow Man proved himself to be an unstoppable menace.
As news of the Shadow Man spread throughout the world, it caught the attention of Casey, an ordinary electrician, who formulated a plan to stop the Shadow Man.
The Shadow Man was about to return to his home dimension when he saw a newspaper headline concerning a device that had been created to stop him. Wanting to learn all he could about the weapon before the planned invasion, the Shadow Man went to the building where the weapon was supposedly kept. Using his shapeshifting abilities, it was easy enough for the Shadow Man to enter the locked room where the weapon was stored.
Seeing only a tube of glass on a pedestal, the Shadow Man examined it and saw that it was just ordinary glass -- but the glass tube was only a decoy. Suddenly, as per Casey's plan, high intensity light bulbs were switched on in the room. Losing his substance (because a shadow can not live with light all around it), the Shadow Man seemingly perished.
Comments: Created by an unknown writer and Steve Ditko.
The Shadow Man said he came from "...the Shadow World, in the next dimension..."; I think we can safely say that he was actually from the Shadow Realm.
In fact, I'd be willing to go so far as to say that he was probably working as an advance scout for Warlord Kaa, whose forces invaded Earth a few months later in Strange Tales I#79.
In regards to the Shadow Man's apparent end -- Warlord Kaa met a similar "death" in Incredible Hulk II#184, but he got better and returned in Champions #11, so it is possible that the Shadow Man could always resubstantiate himself and return someday.
One of the people who observed the Shadow Man resembled May Parker.
And a big THANK YOU to Dennis Giansante for scanning this story for me!
Profile by John Kaminski
The Shadow Man has no known connections to:
Casey has no known connection to:
An ordinary electrician, he came up with the plan to end the menace of the Shadow Man by creating a room filled with high intensity light bulbs.
--Tales of Suspense I#7/1
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Last updated: 08/04/06
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