Black Star

Real Name: Unrevealed

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Criminal mastermind

Affiliations: His gang

Enemies: Roger Verbeck, Muggs

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Base of Operations: U.S.A.

First Appearance: "Rogue for a Day", Detective Story Magazine (March 1916)

Powers/Abilities: Wields a vapor gun and uses vapor bombs which dispense a swift acting knock-out gas.

History: A somewhat moral criminal mastermind, Black Star believed in keeping his word, was well mannered, would not threaten a woman, nor deal in drugs, and refused to stoop to murder; beyond that, however, he would gladly break any law in the pursuit of wealth. Wearing a black robe and hood, the latter adorned with a jet black star, beneath which he wears a mask, just in case anyone manages to remove his hood. His background remains a mystery, though he apparently comes from an unremarkable background, unlike his main foe, millionaire dilettante and amateur detective Roger Verbeck, or Verbeck's reformed criminal manservant Muggs.

Black Star wears black robes and a black hood. On the face of the hood is a "star of blazing jet." Beneath the hood, just to make sure, Black Star is masked. Black Star's gang is likewise clothed in black. In personality...well, he always keeps his word, and is vigorous in the defense of his reputation, but isn't particularly well defined beyond that. He calls himself "a genuine criminal" and is rather proud of that fact. He's a handsome man of roughly 45, from an undistinguished background, not known to the bourgeoisie. He and his men use "vapor bombs" and "vapor guns," which instantaneously knock out its victims.

Comments: Created by Johnston McCulley. Black Star's run in Detective Story Magazine lasted an impressive 14 years, ending late in 1930.


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