Real NameUnrevealed

Identity/Class: Human weapon user

Occupation: Vigilante

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: None

Enemies: CIA, FBI, Mafia, Hurricane Shuck

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: New York City, USA

First AppearanceF.O.O.M.#16 (December, 1976)

Powers/Abilities: Dragon Shade was skilled in various forms of martial arts and was an expert in the use of hand to hand weapons. He carried a variety of weapons outfitted along his costume. Among his arsenal, he had a katana, sais and various bladed knives.


(F.O.O.M.#16) - Little is known about the vigilante calling himself Dragon Shade. What is known is that he held some sort of vendetta against Hurricane Shuck, a corrupt politician in New York City, and had been relentlessly pursuing him. Because of this, he was wanted by most forms of law enforcement in the United States and had come into conflict with both the CIA (for killing an agent he believed to be involved with the Mafia) and the FBI. Dragon Shade’s identity was unrevealed and he led a quite unassuming life during the day, but as soon as darkness fell, he began his quest by keeping to the shadows and fighting injustice on the streets.

Comments: Created by Don McGregor (writer) and Tom Sutton (pencils).

Dragon Shade was a character that was to appear in a backup feature in the comic, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu. This would have probably been in the December or January issue (1976 or 1977) but at the last minute did not appear. Subsequently, in a few months time, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu sadly ended its short run. The story of Dragon Shade came from F.O.O.M. magazine, a Marvel fanzine produced by Marvel in the 1970s available by special subscription. F.O.O.M. stood for "Friends of ol’ Marvel" and began in February, 1973, running for 22 issues, ceasing publication in the autumn of 1979. This article in F.O.O.M. was titled, "Dragon Shade is Waiting", which was written by Dragon Shade’s creator, Don McGregor, and was introduced by the following description.

He is in the streets. He waits for the death of the sun. You never see him in the daylight, or if you do, he is in another guise, and you do not recognize him.
He is created from the depths of Manhattan myth, like some dark vigilante rising from the midst of a holocaust. He strides the aftermath of an Armageddon that has passed unnoticed.
The sun dies behind the glass and steel towers.
Darkness is born. The moon and neon give birth to shadows as distinct as the human race.
He is fearsome in the most literal sense of the word.
Menacing, yet hypnotically heroic.
A man on the edge ... Tottering dangerously. Or in his own words, "I am a creature of shades, a last dragon spitting useless flame."

And that is all there is to the character. No actual appearances and now lost in obscurity. Dragon Shade is still waiting ...

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F.O.O.M.#16, p17, panel 1

F.O.O.M.#16 (December, 1976) - Don McGregor (writer), Tom Sutton (pencils), David Kraft (editor)

First Posted: 09/21/2007
Last updated: 01/20/2019

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