History Comicbook / Deadman

21st Jun '13 2:11:57 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[TakeThat This is how you people spend life?!]]]]

So yeah. Lemme tell you a bit about myself. The name's Boston Brand, aka [[MeaningfulName Deadman.]] Before I was killed I used to be a circus trapeze artist who performed under that name and used the nice costume you see before you. I admit I wasn't the most pleasant guy under the big top (I was co-owner and would ''you'' put up with drunken lion tamers and embezzling employees?) and my girlfriend didn't care for my macabre style for my act, but life was good, until it ended. During one of my performances, I was assassinated by someone in the crowd with a hook for a hand. The bullet shattered my back, but it was the fall that killed me. Despite all this, my spirit was given the ability to possess any living being by Rama Kushna, a powerful Hindu goddess, so I could find whoever killed me and earn some justice in this world.

I first appeared in ''Strange Adventures'' #205 (October, 1967). Initially I was written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Carmine Infantino, although they got replaced by Jack Miller and NealAdams after my first appearance, and I got to be depicted by an artist who would redefine the medium's visual style as radically as I tried to with the trapeze act.

So I came back from my meeting with Rama, and found a bunch of smugglers who were using the circus as a front for smuggling drugs (the first [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]]-approved story to have narcotics mentioned, years before Creator/StanLee butted heads with the CCA with his ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story). Being dead, that stuff technically wasn't my business anymore, but it seems my conscience was still alive as ever and I had to step in as I traded in my acrobat calling for the SuperHero one. So, while I was looking around for my killer, I kept getting sidetracked by the other baddies I had to stop as well. Eventually I happened upon the man who had killed me. However it turned out he had only killed me as part of an initiation ritual into [[Franchise/{{Batman}} R'as Al Ghul]]'s League of Assassins who then killed him to keep him quiet, following me so far? But it then turned out that this group all had a hook for a hand and that the person I thought killed me had his hook on his left hand rather than the right.

Been through a few other things over the years. Rama Kushna had me battle a sorceress over the lives of some deceased costumed heroes. At the same time I paid my dear brother a personal visit, only for him to die while I was hanging around doing the same act I used to do before I was killed. Then I helped run this city where supervillains could live and behave themselves, only it got invaded and destroyed and they were set loose again.

However then something people call the BlackestNight appeared and suddenly everyone was coming back to life, sorta. This included my own body. Turns out everyone had been possessed by black rings and were made to serve some master of death. At the end of it a bunch of [[GreenLantern rainbow coloured ringslingers]] managed to defeat this guy, but not before some white rings went and resurrected a [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} bunch]] of [[MartianManhunter other]] heroes properly. Somehow this included me. They were calling it the BrightestDay, a whole new start. Me, I had the last white ring on my finger, and no idea what I was supposed to do apart from [[DropTheHammer destroy my own grave.]] Turned out, the ring had its own ideas, and ended up dragging me around the universe, setting things up so it could take down this master of death's final attack. In the little time I ''wasn't'' doing that, I [[Funny/BrightestDay ate some cheeseburgers]]. Hell, I even got myself a girlfriend. But once entity-thing was done with that - wham, dead again, and [[StatusQuoIsGod still no rest]] for yours truly.

!! I represent these tropes
* AntiHero: I'm a type II; I'm no [[TheCape superman]], but I'm still a heroic guy
* BackFromTheDead: Thanks to that Entity during BrightestDay, but afterwards I was dead again
* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made me a ghost to do her bidding and then that white ring dragged me all over the universe.
* DemBones: In KingdomCome, though I was still technically a ghost.
* DemonicPossession: I look creepy but I'm NOT demonic.
* MeaningfulName: I'm dead and I'm a man, get it?
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: I'd love to rest in peace but I had to find my killer first, though before I could even do that there was always someone that needed help. It can make a guy think that BeingGoodSucks.
* NiceGuy: In ''KingdomCome'', Boston's quite happy and genial, probably because he finally gets to chat with a living being who's not one of The Quintessence. albeit having a [[OracularHead talking skull.]]
** This is Deadman at his core. He's had multiple chances to just throw in the towel and go to his eternal reward, when nobody would've been forcing him to stick around, not even Rama. But he doesn't. Deadman's not famous. He can't even interact with the people he helps. He does what he does out of the goodness of his heart.


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[[caption-width-right:300:[[TakeThat This is how you people spend life?!]]]]

So yeah. Lemme tell you a bit about myself. The name's Boston Brand, aka [[MeaningfulName Deadman.]] Before I was killed I used to be a circus trapeze artist who performed under that name and used the nice costume you see before you. I admit I wasn't the most pleasant guy under the big top (I was co-owner and would ''you'' put up with drunken lion tamers and embezzling employees?) and my girlfriend didn't care for my macabre style for my act, but life was good, until it ended. During one of my performances, I was assassinated by someone in the crowd with a hook for a hand. The bullet shattered my back, but it was the fall that killed me. Despite all this, my spirit was given the ability to possess any living being by Rama Kushna, a powerful Hindu goddess, so I could find whoever killed me and earn some justice in this world.

I first appeared in ''Strange Adventures'' #205 (October, 1967). Initially I was written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Carmine Infantino, although they got replaced by Jack Miller and NealAdams after my first appearance, and I got to be depicted by an artist who would redefine the medium's visual style as radically as I tried to with the trapeze act.

So I came back from my meeting with Rama, and found a bunch of smugglers who were using the circus as a front for smuggling drugs (the first [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]]-approved story to have narcotics mentioned, years before Creator/StanLee butted heads with the CCA with his ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story). Being dead, that stuff technically wasn't my business anymore, but it seems my conscience was still alive as ever and I had to step in as I traded in my acrobat calling for the SuperHero one. So, while I was looking around for my killer, I kept getting sidetracked by the other baddies I had to stop as well. Eventually I happened upon the man who had killed me. However it turned out he had only killed me as part of an initiation ritual into [[Franchise/{{Batman}} R'as Al Ghul]]'s League of Assassins who then killed him to keep him quiet, following me so far? But it then turned out that this group all had a hook for a hand and that the person I thought killed me had his hook on his left hand rather than the right.

Been through a few other things over the years. Rama Kushna had me battle a sorceress over the lives of some deceased costumed heroes. At the same time I paid my dear brother a personal visit, only for him to die while I was hanging around doing the same act I used to do before I was killed. Then I helped run this city where supervillains could live and behave themselves, only it got invaded and destroyed and they were set loose again.

However then something people call the BlackestNight appeared and suddenly everyone was coming back to life, sorta. This included my own body. Turns out everyone had been possessed by black rings and were made to serve some master of death. At the end of it a bunch of [[GreenLantern rainbow coloured ringslingers]] managed to defeat this guy, but not before some white rings went and resurrected a [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} bunch]] of [[MartianManhunter other]] heroes properly. Somehow this included me. They were calling it the BrightestDay, a whole new start. Me, I had the last white ring on my finger, and no idea what I was supposed to do apart from [[DropTheHammer destroy my own grave.]] Turned out, the ring had its own ideas, and ended up dragging me around the universe, setting things up so it could take down this master of death's final attack. In the little time I ''wasn't'' doing that, I [[Funny/BrightestDay ate some cheeseburgers]]. Hell, I even got myself a girlfriend. But once entity-thing was done with that - wham, dead again, and [[StatusQuoIsGod still no rest]] for yours truly.

!! I represent these tropes
* AntiHero: I'm a type II; I'm no [[TheCape superman]], but I'm still a heroic guy
* BackFromTheDead: Thanks to that Entity during BrightestDay, but afterwards I was dead again
* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made me a ghost to do her bidding and then that white ring dragged me all over the universe.
* DemBones: In KingdomCome, though I was still technically a ghost.
* DemonicPossession: I look creepy but I'm NOT demonic.
* MeaningfulName: I'm dead and I'm a man, get it?
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: I'd love to rest in peace but I had to find my killer first, though before I could even do that there was always someone that needed help. It can make a guy think that BeingGoodSucks.
* NiceGuy: In ''KingdomCome'', Boston's quite happy and genial, probably because he finally gets to chat with a living being who's not one of The Quintessence. albeit having a [[OracularHead talking skull.]]
** This is Deadman at his core. He's had multiple chances to just throw in the towel and go to his eternal reward, when nobody would've been forcing him to stick around, not even Rama. But he doesn't. Deadman's not famous. He can't even interact with the people he helps. He does what he does out of the goodness of his heart.


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21st Jun '13 2:08:01 PM MarkLungo
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So I came back from my meeting with Rama, and found a bunch of smugglers who were using the circus as a front for smuggling drugs (the first ComicsCode approved story to have narcotics mentioned, years before StanLee butted heads with the CCA with his ''SpiderMan'' story). Being dead, that stuff technically wasn't my business anymore, but it seems my conscience was still alive as ever and I had to step in as I traded in my acrobat calling for the SuperHero one. So, while I was looking around for my killer, I kept getting sidetracked by the other baddies I had to stop as well. Eventually I happened upon the man who had killed me. However it turned out he had only killed me as part of an initiation ritual into [[{{Batman}} R'as Al Ghul]]'s League of Assassins who then killed him to keep him quiet, following me so far? But it then turned out that this group all had a hook for a hand and that the person I thought killed me had his hook on his left hand rather than the right.

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So I came back from my meeting with Rama, and found a bunch of smugglers who were using the circus as a front for smuggling drugs (the first ComicsCode approved [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code]]-approved story to have narcotics mentioned, years before StanLee Creator/StanLee butted heads with the CCA with his ''SpiderMan'' ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' story). Being dead, that stuff technically wasn't my business anymore, but it seems my conscience was still alive as ever and I had to step in as I traded in my acrobat calling for the SuperHero one. So, while I was looking around for my killer, I kept getting sidetracked by the other baddies I had to stop as well. Eventually I happened upon the man who had killed me. However it turned out he had only killed me as part of an initiation ritual into [[{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} R'as Al Ghul]]'s League of Assassins who then killed him to keep him quiet, following me so far? But it then turned out that this group all had a hook for a hand and that the person I thought killed me had his hook on his left hand rather than the right.
13th Jun '13 5:05:50 AM Vivvav
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* DemBones: In KingdomCome, though I was still technically a ghost.
24th Mar '13 8:10:40 PM Vivvav
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\n** This is Deadman at his core. He's had multiple chances to just throw in the towel and go to his eternal reward, when nobody would've been forcing him to stick around, not even Rama. But he doesn't. Deadman's not famous. He can't even interact with the people he helps. He does what he does out of the goodness of his heart.

4th Jan '13 10:53:00 AM JAF1970
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\n* NiceGuy: In ''KingdomCome'', Boston's quite happy and genial, probably because he finally gets to chat with a living being who's not one of The Quintessence. albeit having a [[OracularHead talking skull.]]

13th Jun '12 1:56:39 PM TheMysteriousTroper
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* AntiHero: I'm a type II; I'm no superman but I'm still a heroic guy
* BackFromTheDead: Thanks to that Entity during BrightestDay but afterwards I was dead again
* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made me a ghost to do her biding and than that white ring dragged me all over the universe.

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* AntiHero: I'm a type II; I'm no superman [[TheCape superman]], but I'm still a heroic guy
* BackFromTheDead: Thanks to that Entity during BrightestDay BrightestDay, but afterwards I was dead again
* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made me a ghost to do her biding bidding and than then that white ring dragged me all over the universe.



* MeaningfulName: I'm dead and a I'm a man, get it?
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: I'd love to rest in peace but I had to find my killer first but before I could even do that there was always someone that needed help. It can make a guy think that BeingGoodSucks.


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* MeaningfulName: I'm dead and a I'm a man, get it?
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: I'd love to rest in peace but I had to find my killer first but first, though before I could even do that there was always someone that needed help. It can make a guy think that BeingGoodSucks.

29th Jan '12 11:37:11 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made a ghost to do her biding and than that white ring dragged me all over the universe.

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* CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made me a ghost to do her biding and than that white ring dragged me all over the universe.
29th Jan '12 11:23:01 AM ChaoticNovelist
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!! I represent these tropes
*AntiHero: I'm a type II; I'm no superman but I'm still a heroic guy
*BackFromTheDead: Thanks to that Entity during BrightestDay but afterwards I was dead again
*CosmicPlaything: For ''two'' cosmics; first Rama Kushna made a ghost to do her biding and than that white ring dragged me all over the universe.
*DemonicPossession: I look creepy but I'm NOT demonic.
*MeaningfulName: I'm dead and a I'm a man, get it?
*MilesToGoBeforeISleep: I'd love to rest in peace but I had to find my killer first but before I could even do that there was always someone that needed help. It can make a guy think that BeingGoodSucks.

30th Oct '11 8:56:32 AM Byzantine
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Initially I was written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Carmine Infantino, although they got replaced by Jack Miller and NealAdams after my first appearance, and I got to be depicted by an artist who would redefine the medium's visual style as radically as I tried to with the trapeze act.

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I first appeared in ''Strange Adventures'' #205 (October, 1967). Initially I was written by Arnold Drake and drawn by Carmine Infantino, although they got replaced by Jack Miller and NealAdams after my first appearance, and I got to be depicted by an artist who would redefine the medium's visual style as radically as I tried to with the trapeze act.
3rd Sep '11 11:48:49 AM nombretomado
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However then something people call the BlackestNight appeared and suddenly everyone was coming back to life, sorta. This included my own body. Turns out everyone had been possessed by black rings and were made to serve some master of death. At the end of it a bunch of [[GreenLantern rainbow coloured ringslingers]] managed to defeat this guy, but not before some white rings went and resurrected a [[{{Aquaman}} bunch]] of [[MartianManhunter other]] heroes properly. Somehow this included me. They were calling it the BrightestDay, a whole new start. Me, I had the last white ring on my finger, and no idea what I was supposed to do apart from [[DropTheHammer destroy my own grave.]] Turned out, the ring had its own ideas, and ended up dragging me around the universe, setting things up so it could take down this master of death's final attack. In the little time I ''wasn't'' doing that, I [[Funny/BrightestDay ate some cheeseburgers]]. Hell, I even got myself a girlfriend. But once entity-thing was done with that - wham, dead again, and [[StatusQuoIsGod still no rest]] for yours truly.

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However then something people call the BlackestNight appeared and suddenly everyone was coming back to life, sorta. This included my own body. Turns out everyone had been possessed by black rings and were made to serve some master of death. At the end of it a bunch of [[GreenLantern rainbow coloured ringslingers]] managed to defeat this guy, but not before some white rings went and resurrected a [[{{Aquaman}} [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} bunch]] of [[MartianManhunter other]] heroes properly. Somehow this included me. They were calling it the BrightestDay, a whole new start. Me, I had the last white ring on my finger, and no idea what I was supposed to do apart from [[DropTheHammer destroy my own grave.]] Turned out, the ring had its own ideas, and ended up dragging me around the universe, setting things up so it could take down this master of death's final attack. In the little time I ''wasn't'' doing that, I [[Funny/BrightestDay ate some cheeseburgers]]. Hell, I even got myself a girlfriend. But once entity-thing was done with that - wham, dead again, and [[StatusQuoIsGod still no rest]] for yours truly.
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