History Comicbook / BlackLightning

25th Apr '15 11:09:25 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Tobias Whale, a four-hundred pound crime boss who maintains a death grip on Suicide Slum, is DC's answer to Marvel's Kingpin, a four-hundred pound crime boss who maintains a death grip on Hell's Kitchen.
* {{Archenemy}}: Tobias Whale during the original run.



* EvilAlbino: Tobias Whale, the BigBad of the original series.

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* EvilAlbino: Tobias Whale, the BigBad of the original series.series, was an albino African-American.
21st Mar '15 1:34:12 PM SAMAS
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Black Lightning did not appear in any other media for many years, with DC on several occasions choosing to create a new character where they might have used him (e.g. Black Vulcan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' and Soul Power in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''). This changed when the Outsiders appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Since then he has also appeared in the animated movies ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' video game, in a series of shorts for the WesternAnimation/DCNation block (alongside his two daughters, Thunder and Lightning), and in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as a member of the Justice League who eventually offers to become ComicBook/{{Static}}'s mentor.

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Black Lightning did not appear in any other media for many years, with DC on several occasions choosing to create a new character where they might have used him (e.g. Black Vulcan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' and Soul Power in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''). This changed when the Outsiders appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Since then he has also appeared in the animated movies ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' video game, in a series of shorts for the WesternAnimation/DCNation block (alongside his two daughters, Thunder and Lightning), and in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as a member of the Justice League who eventually offers to become ComicBook/{{Static}}'s ComicBook/{{Static}}(who was ironically replacing Black Vulcan)'s mentor.
7th Sep '14 9:16:45 PM PaulA
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Black Lightning was DCComics' first black superhero with his own series. He was created by Tony Isabella and debuted in ''Black Lightning'' #1 (April, 1977), although his series only lasted a year before falling victim to a mass cutback that resulted in twenty DC titles being cancelled. He continued to make guest appearances, was a founder member of ''BatmanAndTheOutsiders'', and served with the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. He got another series of his own in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], again written by Tony Isabella, which lasted slightly longer than the first one had.

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Black Lightning was DCComics' Creator/DCComics' first black superhero with his own series. He was created by Tony Isabella and debuted in ''Black Lightning'' #1 (April, 1977), although his series only lasted a year before falling victim to a mass cutback that resulted in twenty DC titles being cancelled. He continued to make guest appearances, was a founder member of ''BatmanAndTheOutsiders'', ''ComicBook/BatmanAndTheOutsiders'', and served with the JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica. He got another series of his own in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], again written by Tony Isabella, which lasted slightly longer than the first one had.
had. He has continued to make guest appearances since.



** OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Used for horror at the end of his book in Blackest Night, where he is [[spoiler: taken by the Anti-Life equation and shouts the praise of ignorance and Darkseid]]



* ColorCharacter: ''Black'' Lightning. Officially the name comes from the fact that the lightning he generates is literally black.
** Hinted to be somehow related to the Black Lanterns, since he got powered up after ''Blackest Night''.

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* ColorCharacter: ''Black'' Lightning. Officially the name comes from the fact that the lightning he generates is literally black.
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black. Hinted to be somehow related to the Black Lanterns, since he got powered up after ''Blackest Night''.''ComicBook/BlackestNight''.



* NotSoDifferent: Black Lightning and the Tatooed Man have a bit of a row in FinalCrisis, having similar origins, being family men born in the ghetto yet ending up being Justice League and Anti-villain respectively. It ends with a HeroicSacrifice.

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* NotSoDifferent: Black Lightning and the Tatooed Tattooed Man have a bit of a row in FinalCrisis, ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', having similar origins, being family men born in the ghetto yet ending up being Justice League and Anti-villain AntiVillain respectively. It ends with a HeroicSacrifice.


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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Used for horror at the end of his book in ''ComicBook/BlackestNight'', where he is [[spoiler: taken by the Anti-Life equation and shouts the praise of ignorance and Darkseid]].
7th Sep '14 9:09:48 PM PaulA
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* FountainOfExpies: Ever noticed how it seems like there are an awful lot of African-American superheroes with electricity powers? That's because most of them are either directly related to Black Lightning (his daughter Lightning) or are CaptainErsatz versions of him ([[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Black Vulcan]], [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Soul Power]]) or deliberate [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] (ComicBook/{{Static}}, [[{{ComicBook/Irredeemable}} Volt]]). An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' even featured [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the Superfriends, making the character Juice (the Black Vulcan equivalent) an Expy of an Expy.
6th Sep '14 6:28:57 PM Benjamin1986
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** OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Used for horror at the end of his book in Blackest Night, where he is [[spoiler: taken by the Anti-Life equation and shouts the praise of ignorance and Darkseid]]


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* NotSoDifferent: Black Lightning and the Tatooed Man have a bit of a row in FinalCrisis, having similar origins, being family men born in the ghetto yet ending up being Justice League and Anti-villain respectively. It ends with a HeroicSacrifice.
5th May '14 5:21:47 PM Amado
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* ElectricBlackGuy: UrExample.
23rd Mar '14 7:30:17 PM PaulA
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Black Lightning did not appear in any other media for many years, with DC on several occasions choosing to create a new character where they might have used him (e.g. Black Vulcan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' and Soul Power in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''). This changed when the Outsiders appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Since then he has also appeared in the animated movies ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' video game, in a series of shorts for the WesternAnimation/DCNation block (alongside his two daughters, Thunder and Lightning), and in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as a member of the Justice League who eventually offers to become Static's mentor.

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Black Lightning did not appear in any other media for many years, with DC on several occasions choosing to create a new character where they might have used him (e.g. Black Vulcan in ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' and Soul Power in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''). This changed when the Outsiders appeared in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Since then he has also appeared in the animated movies ''WesternAnimation/SupermanBatmanPublicEnemies'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', the ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' video game, in a series of shorts for the WesternAnimation/DCNation block (alongside his two daughters, Thunder and Lightning), and in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' as a member of the Justice League who eventually offers to become Static's ComicBook/{{Static}}'s mentor.



* FountainOfExpies: Ever noticed how it seems like there are an awful lot of African-American superheroes with electricity powers? That's because most of them are either directly related to Black Lightning (his daughter Lightning) or are CaptainErsatz versions of him ([[SuperFriends Black Vulcan]], [[StaticShock Soul Power]]) or deliberate [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] ([[StaticShock Static]], [[{{Irredeemable}} Volt]]). An episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' even featured [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the Superfriends, making the character Juice (the Black Vulcan equivalent) an Expy of an Expy.
* TheObiWan: To {{Static}}.

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* FountainOfExpies: Ever noticed how it seems like there are an awful lot of African-American superheroes with electricity powers? That's because most of them are either directly related to Black Lightning (his daughter Lightning) or are CaptainErsatz versions of him ([[SuperFriends ([[WesternAnimation/SuperFriends Black Vulcan]], [[StaticShock [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Soul Power]]) or deliberate [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] ([[StaticShock Static]], [[{{Irredeemable}} (ComicBook/{{Static}}, [[{{ComicBook/Irredeemable}} Volt]]). An episode of ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' even featured [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of the Superfriends, making the character Juice (the Black Vulcan equivalent) an Expy of an Expy.
* TheObiWan: To {{Static}}.ComicBook/{{Static}}.
22nd Mar '14 6:37:09 PM AnotherGuy
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* TheObiWan: To {{Static}}.
17th Feb '14 9:57:27 AM FirebirdMaximus
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* RememberTheNewGuy: He has recently acquired two never-before-mentioned teenage daughters. It's worse: one daughter was introduced in a semi-believable way, and at the time you could see him being a real father to her because he was retired at the time. But years later ''another'' daughter surfaces out of nowhere.
27th Jun '13 9:20:26 PM TVRulezAgain
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* StealthHiBye: In his 1990s series, Black Lightning demonstrates that he acquired this trick from {{Batman}}.

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* StealthHiBye: In his 1990s series, Black Lightning demonstrates that he acquired this trick from {{Batman}}.Franchise/{{Batman}}.
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