Created by:

Richard Buckler

Real Name:

Darla Lang

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) #3

First Appearance:

Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 3, July 1983


Darla dabbled in occult magic as her abilities began to manifest and she great potential to become a force for good or a force of evil.


The mysterious Darkling first appeared during the Crusaders epic battle against the combined forces of Eterno, the Brain Emperor and the Malevolent Legion of Juggernauts. She aided the team with her mystic cloak and was quickly accepted into their ranks. Darkling never revealed anything about herself, though she seemed to forge a quick friendship with Kim Brand, aka Flygirl.
Serious without being overbearing, Darkling was a sensual woman with an appreciation for the paranormal. During the alien invasion that united the Crusaders with Thunder Bunny, it was Darkling who sensed that the rabbit hero was not a threat to the Earth. She also proved her usefulness in dispatching the Druid when the mystic villain attempted to steal the Jaguar’s magical belt.
Unfortunately, Darkling’s promising career as a hero came to an abrupt end when the evil Brain Emperor returned with the Riot Squad at his side. Seeing that Darkling posed a threat to him, the Brain Emperor wiped her mind clean and left her floating adrift in Limbo.

Powers & Weapons:

Darkling’s Cloak is a mystic artifact she uses the cloak as a melee weapon, trapping opponents inside and then teleporting them away. She can enter into shadows and become shadowlike herself, being intangible.


Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 13
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 3-5, 7, 8, 10, 11 (death)

TEXT BY: Julio Ferri