el Gato Negro (the Black Cat)

Real Name: Francisco "Pancho/Panchito" Guerrero Jr.

Identity/Class: Normal human

Occupation: Social Worker

Affiliations: Relampago, Team Tejas, El Valiente, Aym Geronimo, Nemesis (ally), L-7 (ally/foe), Silverback (ally).

Enemies: El Graduado (Armando Ochoa), Boss Ochoa (Ignacio Joseph Ochoa), El Observador (the Observer), Graveyard, Anaconda, Dirge, Susto y Espanto, Autoheist, the Annulus (a cabal of drug/crimelords from across the world, mostly Latin America)

Known Relatives: Agustin "Gus" Guerrero (El Gato Negro, grandfather), Francisco Guerrero Sr. (father, deceased)

Aliases: Nocturnal Warrior; The Black Cat

Base of Operations: Rio Grande Valley, Texas (lives in Edinburg, Texas)

First Appearance: el Gato Negro #1 (Azteca Productions, October 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Extremely fit, at the peak of human capability. Expert in boxing, aikido, ninjutsu, taijutsu and a master of submission holds from Lucha Libre (freestyle wrestling). His mask is equipped with special lenses granting him night vision, and he often employs shuriken (his "cat claws") and a pair of batons to further expand his combat effectiveness.

History: Born in Pharr, Texas, Francisco was raised entirely by his grandfather Agustin in Edinburg, Texas after his parents died in a tragic traffic collision. Agustin had been the costumed crimefighter el Gato Negro many years before, but his son, Francisco Sr had abdicated the title, preferring to live a "normal life". His upbringing and his grandfather's strong moral example would direct much of Francisco Jr's life and actions. With much difficulty and persistence, he became the first college-educated member of his family, studying at South Texas College and earning a Master's degree in political science, majored in sociology and minored in psychology. Feeling that his main goals in life were to help those in need, Francisco became a social worker, a job he gets paid very little for, but enjoys very much. However, following the brutal murder of his border-patrolman friend, Mario Bustamonte, at the hands of drug smugglers, Francisco donned the mask of el Gato Negro

Comments: Created, written and illustrated by Richard Dominguez. Copyright to him and Azteca Productions. www.myspace.com/aztecaproductions

Official Facebook page of El Gato Negro (Francisco)

His fan club's page.

The Gato-Blog.

In September 2005, El Gato Negro guest starred in the Dallas newspaper strip "Baldo", in a story specially written and drawn by Richard Dominguez, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

His new adventures can be found online at Web Comics Nation.

El Gato Negro is one of the participants in War of the Independents.

Thanks to Richard Dominguez and Lee Villatoro for images and information.

CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with

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