and Comanche were prisoners in Seagate
alongside Carl Lucas
. They tried to recruit him to sway all of the black inmates to follow them, but Lucas knew they were just "talkin' jive," and refused to work with them. Comanche pulled a knife to persuade him, and Lucas sucker-punched him, dropping him to the ground with a single blow.
A corrupt prison guard, Rackham
, who abused Lucas, took out his frustrations on Shades, Comanche , and any others he could get his hands on after Lucas' escape. Eventually Rackham was fired for his brutality, but Shades and Comanche wanted revenge, so they slowly dug a tunnel under the prison and escaped.
Shades and Comanche arrived in Manhattan, where they heisted a couple of costumes, so that Rackham wouldn't recognize them when they approached him. While they searched for Rackham, they continued their old, racketeering ways, and in the process they encountered and allied themselves with Flea, another man who knew that Luke Cage was actually the wanted man Carl Lucas. The three men attempted to convince Cage to join their racketeering outfit, in exchange for leading him to Rackham, who had killed reporter Phil Fox
and could prove the innocence of Dr. Claire Temple
, who was blamed for the murder. Cage went along with them initially to locate Rackham, but he also had his lawyer friend, Big Ben Donovan
, have someone tail him. After the group located Rackham, another man, Stiletto
, caused the roof to collapse on them. Cage pulled Shades and Comanche to safety and fought off Stiletto. Shades and Comanche were arrested and returned to prison.
Now employed by Bushmaster
, Shades and Comanche were assigned to follow Cage on a mission to capture Misty Knight
for him, to insure that he proceeded as planned. Shades and Comanche observed from their car as Cage went after Misty Knight. They saw Cage get knocked from the building and crash into another building, which collapsed on him. They assumed Cage had been killed, and they left to report back to Bushmaster.
Back at Bushmaster's base in the now-closed Seagate Prison, Shades and Comanche tried to ambush Iron Fist
, who had accompanied Cage. Iron Fist easily outwitted and overpowered the two.
Shades and Comanche were hired by Ward Meachum
, and them outfitted with advanced weaponry. Comanche was given a bow and arrow with an arsenal of specialized arrows.
Shades and Comanche ambushed Luke Cage, who was caught unprepared for their new weapons, and quickly knocked out. They left him unconscious, figuring they had showed him who was in charge. However, when he woke up, Cage wanted a rematch and tracked them down. Iron Fist had come with Cage, and they fought the two criminals. With Cage braced for the impact, Comanche 's explosive arrows didn't harm him, while Iron Fist proved able to consistently avoid being hit by them. Shades and Comanche fled, but Power Man and Iron Fist chased after and defeated them. However, as they were being taken away, Shades, whose visor had been left on, blasted the two heroes off the bridge. Shades and Comanche were then sprung on bail by agents of Meachum.
Shades and Comanche were sent to steal the film of D. W. Griffith
, who had unwittingly captured on film Meachum meeting with the two of them. They raided his office at the Diamond, and stole every piece of film in his office, except the one they had sought, which was still in the film dryer.
Shades and Comanche again fought Cage, as he was part of a raid on Meachum's facility, to gain back the soul of Iron Fist, which had been stolen by Master Khan
, who was Meachum's silent partner. Cage cracked a large pillar and dropped it on them.
Comanche was created by Archie Goodwin
and George Tuska
in 1972 and first appeared in Hero For Hire