Deadman

Hey — truly were the late 60s the golden age of the DC house ad. A gem of a full page ad here (for Strange Adventures #213, if you’re interested) advertising the somewhat unique Deadman. Unique cos, you know, he’s, like, dead, man….

Created by Arnold Drake and the soon to be retired Carmine Infantino, Deadman was Boston Brand, a circus performer shot dead by a man with a hook for a hand. Not allowing his having sloughed off this mortal coil to slow him down, Brand becomes Deadman with the power to take control of living bodies in order to track down his killer. A decidedly odd character, and one difficult to imagine being created prior to 1967. Neal Adams arrived on pencil chores very quickly — and it’s mostly his art and storytelling for which the series is most fondly remembered.

Art by Neal Adams.

©2008 DC Comics