Awhile back, Balladeer’s Blog examined a few dozen Golden Age superheroes from Quality Comics. Here’s a look at the first twenty stories of the number one entry on that list – the Black Condor.
Secret Identity: Senator Thomas Wright
First Appearance: Crack Comics #1 (May 1940)
Origin: Click HERE.
Powers: The Black Condor could fly at extraordinary speeds and was in peak physical condition. He was more agile than an acrobat and excelled at unarmed combat. In addition, he was a marksman with his handgun which fired powerful Black Energy rays.
CRACK COMICS #1 (May 1940)
Title: The Man Who Can Fly Like A Bird
Villains: Gali Kan and his Mongolian bandits.
Synopsis: Using his power of flight to battle evildoers all over Asia, the Black Condor becomes world-famous, though some people doubt the veracity of the “sightings” of this flying man. At last, our hero gets the opportunity to avenge the death of his parents on Gali Kan and his men while simultaneously saving a city in India from their depradations.
CRACK COMICS #2 (June 1940)
Title: The Man Who Can Fly
Villain: Rajah Ali Khan
Synopsis: The Black Condor saves Andrea Kent and her brother Denny from the evil plans of the Rajah Ali Khan, who seeks to seize their inheritance through a forced marriage to Andrea.
Our hero overcomes the Rajah and all his troops.
NOTE: In this story, which introduced the Black Energy ray-gun, the pistol’s rays simply paralyze large groups of the Rajah’s men and don’t destroy them. Continue reading