"1882: Back Stage, Back Then": An entry from the Shade's journal is read by Jack Knight.
- So am I, my boy. Perhaps little if nothing more, but I am a man of my word.
- -- Mr. Black
Appearing in "1882: Back Stage, Back Then"
- Mr. Black (Flashback only)
- Oscar Wilde (Flashback only)
- The Pepper Troube (Flashback only)
- Carl Lune (Dies in flashback)
- Tom (Dies in flashback)
- Jack Knight
- Jason Mayville (Flashback only)
- Annette Mayville (Flashback only)
- Opal City (1882)
Synopsis for "1882: Back Stage, Back Then"
An entry from the Shade's journal is read by Jack Knight.
It is 1882. A boy comes to see the Shade, then known as Mr. Black. He is hired to send away a man named Lune who seems to have mesmerized the rich boy's sister. Mr. Black uses his shadow abilities to kill Lune and his entire entertainment troupe.
- This book was first published on February 21, 1995.
- Reprinted in Starman: Times Past and Starman Omnibus Vol. 1.
- Shade has a conversation with Oscar Wilde in this issue.
- Shade was a friend of Charles Dickens and Dickens witnessed how the Shade's got his powers, though he never wrote about this, the Shade noticed, that Dickens' novels became darker afterwards.
- Dickens introduced the Shade to danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.
- Wilde mentions, that he met another long-living person before the Shade and thought about writing a story inspired by that unnamed person but wasn't sure if he ultimately would care enough, this is of course a reference to his book The Picture of Dorian Gray.
- In the past, Shade helped people with their problems if they could afford his services.
- In the end the Mayville's are called the Wayville's by the Shade.
- Though he was married to a woman, Oscar Wilde was a homosexual, this is hinted at in the scene when Wilde is ogling Jason Mayville.
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