The Black Avenger
Real Name: Johnny Bishop
Identity/Class: Normal human
Affiliations: Sultan (his horse)
Enemies: Bad Bat Lester
Known Relatives: Unnamed mother (deceased)
Base of Operations: Western United States of America, c.1880s.
First Appearance: Hurricane #1 (4 July 1964 - 8 May 1965)
Powers/Abilities: Incredibly accurate and swift shot, skilled rider and hunter.
History: As a young boy, not yet in his teens, Johnny Bishop witnesses his widowed mother being shot dead by a stray bullet from the gun of Bad Bat Lester. He takes his father's gun and facing the killer down in the Last Chance Saloon, beats him to the draw and kills him. Unfortunately this makes him a wanted man, as the witnesses were all friends of the dead man, and a chance comment from one bystander gains him the nickname of the Black Avenger (due to his all black outfit).
John grows up on the run thereafter, riding a jet black stallion called Sultan. Eventually he tires of life on the run, and hides his horse and outfit at Thundercloud Peak, becoming the rancher Johnny Bishop, who never carries a gun. But crime and injustice keep forcing him to don the black clothes and take up the ebony handled guns of the Avenger.
Comments: The character is a reprint of Billy the Kid from Sun.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Black Avenger, opponent of the Indestructible Man
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