Every other week, Jason Shayer will highlight an issue or a run of issues pulled from the horde of comic book long boxes that occupy more room in his house than his wife can tolerate. Each of these reviews will delve into what made that issue or run significant as well as discuss the creative personalities behind the work. “Long Box” refers to the lengthy, white cardboard boxes most comics find themselves stored within – bagged, alphabetized and numerically ordered.
Peter Parker The Spectacular Spider-Man #64
“Cloak & Dagger!”
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Ed Hannigan
Inker: Al Milgrom
The origin of vigilantes Cloak and Dagger didn’t involve cosmic rays, radioactive spiders or cosmic rays or gamma bombs. Their origin reflected the brutal reality of the drug trade. Their first appearance and origin was in the pages of Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #64.