Real Name: Tiana Matthews
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Top agent for Info ComThree, Multimonde High Fashion Model (cover identity)
Affiliations: Jack Burton (boyfriend, spy and double agent, possibly deceased)
Enemies: Darkfire (Vanessa Cord), the Valkyries, Jack Burton, Quansa
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Unknown
First Appearance: Black Diamond #1 (Americomics)
Powers/Abilities: Skilled fighter and spy, other abilities unknown.
History: Tiana Matthews was the Black Diamond, known to the world at large as a high fashion model for Multimonde, but in truth Info Com Three's top agent. She opposed the threats to world peace perpetrated by the evil organisation Quansa and their team of highly trained female operatives, the Valkyrie, led by the villainous Darkfire.
Comments: Created by Mike Frankovich, Jr.
Mike Murphy informs me that "Black Diamond was intended to be a big break for Americomics; an adaption of an upcoming film - in the Modesty Blaise mold starring B-movie queen Sybil Danning. The film was either never filmed or canned, but issues #1-2 adapted the screenplay. A total of five issues were published before what meant to be a continuing series tie-in called it quits. The character made a final uncredited cameo in Femforce where she got into a catfight at a party with her replacement as resident AC she-spy, White Heat." Thanks Mike for this intriguing information, and for the Paul Gulacy cover he sent me, a fraction of which can be seen on the left.
Tony Zablotny adds "From the way the story read in the first 3 issues, it seems that it took all 3 issues to adapt the movie" and helpfully provided most of the biographical information used above.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Black Diamond, Golden Age hero
Any Additions/Corrections? Please let me know.
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