Monday, February 12, 2018

Light City - Black Lightning

Though I really want to, I haven't been able to watch Black Lightning yet. If you have, what do you think? He's been another character I've liked for a while. He's a teacher and was the head of the Department of Education under President Luthor. He's was a founder of the Outsiders, a group I really enjoyed reading.

Black Lightning
Level 7 Elemental
Real Name: Jefferson Pierce
First Appearance: Black Lightning #1 (April 1977)
Str 14            Int 16 (+1)
Dex 13          Wis 12
Con 15 (+1)  Cha 15 (+1)
5 HD (33 HP) Save: 9 Movement: 12/24 Fly
AC 7 [12] (Electric Aura)
Attacks: Elemental Strike (+3 to hit, 1d6+1 damage)
Elemental Tricks: Knock/Lock, Magic Missile, Hold, Radial Blast 7/day

Note that while they're both African-American characters connected to DC with electric powers, he's not related to or connected to Static. He actually addresses the misconception the Static is his son in an issue of Justice League. I do think it has been retconned that Virgil was inspired by him though. 


  1. Kinda crazy that DC also went to the trouble of creating Black Vulcan to add to the diversity of the Super Friends. (Apparently some sort of issue with Tony Isabella may have kept them from using Black Lightning...?)

    1. Yeah, that's the same reason he never appeared in Static Shock. One of the episodes in season 3 introduced a hero named Soul Power ( who was essentially a retired Black Lightning.