One of the last comic creations of Arnold Drake (Doom Patrol and many others) and Carmine Infantino, Drake LITERALLY came up with the idea/script over a weekend. Deadman was taken over in his second appearance by Neal Adams, initially with scripts from Drake and Jack Miller and later with Adams doing it all.
Deadman's ability to "leap" into other people's lives predates QUANTUM LEAP. The episodic nature of the different lives he "borrowed" and his quest for his killer suggested one of the most successful TV shows of all time, THE FUGITIVE. (And the pathos of his struggle suggests another great TV show, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE.)
It also predated some similar themed movies, like GHOST. One hopes the upcoming (proposed,not greenlighted--yet) JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK movie might give Deadman a new lease on "life" but a solo TV series or movie would be easy to produce, with a minimum of special effects.
Set (mostly) in a real-world setting, in most stories the only non-realistic character was the ghost of a slain aerialist, looking for his killer...
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