Shadow Thief (DC)
Real Name: Carl Sands
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While growing up in Japan, American Carl Sands learned ninjutsu techniques and became a rather undistinguished industrial saboteur, accepting unremarkable sums to hinder and eliminate his clients' rivals. The Thanagarian criminal Byth then hired Sands to steal Hawkman and Hawkwoman's ship. To help Sands with this job, Byth gave him a Dimensiometer - a Thanagarian belt device/"shadow vest", which gave Sands the ability to shift his body into a shadow form. (His pre-Crisis history is still canon, including his brief membership in the Injustice Gang, and fought the Golden Age Hawks instead.)
Hawkman eventually defeated him, but Shadow-Thief would come into conflict with him many times after that. He would later become a member of the Injustice Gang which came into conflict with Hawkman and his allies, the Justice League of America. He lost the belt to the Phantom Stranger, but he gained a shadow suit. He eventually sold his soul to Neron for more power. Neron gave him a more powerful shadow suit with the ability to turn other people and objects into shadows.
Recently, the Shadow-Thief has entered into the employ of St. Roch art trader Kristopher Roderic. Sands has been sent to the ends of the earth in service of Roderic's dark aims, and is hopeful that the unscrupulous collector will help him with a problem of his own.
During the events of Identity Crisis, Shadow-Thief became deranged and began having delusional conversations with the Dimensiometer. He ended up apparently killing Firestorm with Shining Knight's mystically enhanced sword. For killing Firestorm, he was prosecuted by Kate Spencer (a.k.a. Manhunter IX).
Shadow-Thief later popped up as a member of the Injustice League, and is one of the villains featured in Salvation Run
First Appearance: The Brave and the Bold (1955) #36
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#4 Batgirl (2000)
- 'The Brave...and the Bold'
#2 Birds of Prey (1999)
- 'Identity Crisis'#5
- 'Identity Crisis'#7
- 'Identity Crisis'
#36 Countdown (2007)
- 'Joker: Last Laugh: Canary Caged'
Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)
#1 Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
- 'Countdown to Infinite Crisis'
DC Comics Presents: Hawkman (2004)
#1 DC Universe (2008)
- 'DC Comics Presents: Hawkman'
#0 DC Universe: Origins (2009)
- 'Let There Be Lightning'
TPB Final Crisis (2008)
- 'DC Universe: Origins'
#2 Final Crisis (2009)
- 'Ticket to Blüdhaven'
Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge (2008)
Final Crisis: Secret Files (2009)
Flashpoint: The Legion of Doom (2011)
#1 Green Lantern (2005)
- 'Hot Blooded'#2
- 'Fired Up!'
#43 Hawkman (1964)
- 'Blackest Night Prologue: Tale of the Black Lantern'
#1 Hawkman (1986)
- 'Rivalry of the Winged Wonders!'#5
- 'Steal, Shadow - - Steal!'
#1 Hawkman (1989)
- 'Secrets, Shadows and Sinners'
#1 Hawkman Secret Files and Origins (2002)
- 'First Impressions'#2
- 'Into the Sky'#3
- 'Lost in the Battlelands'#4
- 'Beasts of Burden'#15
- 'The Thanagarian, Part One'#43
- 'Fly in the Face of Danger'
Annual 03 Identity Crisis (2004)
- 'Dark Forces'#5
- 'War of the Shadows'#6
- 'Strange Worlds'#26
- 'Won't Get Fooled Again!'
#34 JSA (1999)
- 'The Ant and the Avalanche'#115
- 'Crisis of Conscience Part One'
Justice League of America (1960)
#111 Justice League of America (2006)
- 'Balance of Power!'#139
- 'The Cosmic Conspiracy Against Adam Strange!'
#13 Justice League of America: Another Nail (2004)
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 2'#13 (Cover B)
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 2'#14
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 3: Two Against Nature'#15
- 'Unlimited, Chapter Four: Unleashed'#29
- 'Star Struck!'#30
- 'Welcome to Sundown Town, Chapter 3: New Moon Rising'#32
- 'Welcome To Sundown Town, Chapter 4: Nyctophobia'#34
- 'Welcome To Sundown Town, Conclusion: The Dharma Initiative'#49
- 'The Bogeyman'#54
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part One: Shadow Warriors'#55
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part Two: Mayhem'#56
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part Three: The Battle for Emerald City'#57
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part Four: Wrath & Vengeance'#58
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part Five: The Destined and the Dying'#59
- 'Eclipso Rising, Part Six'
Justice League Sourcebook (1990)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
#1 Manhunter (2004)
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 1: Injustice League'
TPB vol. 01 Rogues Gallery (1996)
- 'Street Justice'TPB vol. 01 (2nd Printing)
- 'Street Justice'TPB vol. 02
- 'Trial By Fire'TPB vol. 05
- 'Dark Shadows'#5
- 'Four Feet Under'#6
- 'Trial By Fire'#7
- 'Witness for the Prosecution'#8
- 'Trial by Fire Part 3: Bad Influence'#9
- 'Trial by Fire Part 4: Disorder in the Court'#10
- 'Manhunted, Part 1: Mistrial By Fire'#31
- 'Forgotten, Part One'
Salvation Run (2008)
#2 Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)
- 'Take This World and Shove It!'#3
- 'All You Need Is Hate'#5
- 'Through a Glass Deadly'#6
- 'Burning Down the World'#7
- 'We Gotta Get Out of This Planet'
#1 Showcase (1956)
- 'Attend - - or Die!'
#101 Showcase '95 (1995)
- 'Mystery in Space'#103
- 'Adventures on Other Worlds'
#12 Superman & Batman Magazine (1993)
- 'Supergirl - Maitresse - The Shade'
The All New Atom (2006)
The Brave and the Bold (1955)
#36 The Brave and the Bold (2007)
- 'Strange Spells of the Sorceror'
The Flash (1987)
Underworld Unleashed (1995)
#1 Underworld Unleashed: Patterns of Fear (1995)
- 'Underworld Unleashed'
Villains United (2005)
Who's Who in the DC Universe (1990)
#9 Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
- 'Black Canary To Vixen'
#11 World's Finest Comics (1941)
- 'Icicle to Jonni Thunder'#20
- 'Rubberduck to Shining Knight'
Injustice Gang (DC)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (01-Original)
Secret Society of Super-Villains (03-Current)
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