Shade (DC)

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Richard Swift in Shade v2 #1.

Shade is a male comic supervillain who features in DC Comics.




Richard Swift



Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.

He first encountered Hawkman in 1948 where Shade helped in the defeat of the Gentleman Ghost. The encounter led to him and Carter Hall becoming friends over the years. (Hawkman v5 #16)

A badly wounded Hawkman approached Richard for aid after the Shadow-Thief gained far greater control over the power of shadows. Shade was willing to aid Carter but came to notice that his shadow was missing. He then took Carter into a sealed panic room as he deduced that the Shadow-Thief had followed Hawkman secretly. This proved to be true and the villain emerged within the panic room where he claimed Shade's shadow thus taking a significant portion of his abilities before departing. Richard determined that he was the target of the Shadow-Thief who wanted to remove a rival over the control of shadows and had used Hawkman to achieve that goal. (Hawkman v5 #15)


Personality and attributes

Powers and abilities

Controlling the shadows in The Flash v5 #10.


  • Shade was created by Gardner Fox and Hal Sharp where he made his first appearance in Flash Comics v1 #33 (September 1942)

In other media


  • In the DC Animated Universe, the character made multiple appearances in the shared continuity setting:
    • In Justice League, Shade made his first appearance in the animated television series starting from the episode "Injustice For All: Part 1 & 2" where he was voiced by actor Stephen McHattie.
    • In Justice League Unlimited, Shade made multiple appearances in the animated television series with the character having a non-speaking role.
  • In The Flash, a character later named Shade appeared as a brief antagonist in the live-action television series set in the Arrowverse where he was portrayed by actor Mike McLeod.
  • In Young Justice, Shade appeared in the animated television series third season Outsiders where he was voiced by actor Joel Swetow.

Video games

  • In Lego DC Super-Villains, Shade appeared as a playable character in the video game setting where he was voiced by actor Christopher Swindle.


  • Flash Comics v1: 1942)
  • Shade v2:
  • The Flash:
  • Hawkman v5:

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