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Created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden

The Original Universe


Real Name: Jefferson Pierce
Identity: Secret
Occupation: Adventurer, School teacher, former Secretary of Education
Citizenship: American
Marital Status: Divorced
Known Relatives: Lynn Stewart (ex-wife), Anissa Pierce (daughter), Jennifer Pierce (daughter); Alvin Pierce (father, deceased}
Group Affiliation (former): Justice League of America, Justice League
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 182 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Black Lightning Vol. 1 #1 (April 1977): "Black Lightning"
Creators: Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden


Former Olympic athlete and former inner city school teacher, Jefferson Pierce has operated as a super-hero for several years, using a costume which allowed him to project bursts of electricity, a power he later internalized, becoming a living dynamo. He was a member of the Outsiders, but has also worked in inner city areas, fighting crime, corruption and injustice. He is a strongly moral man and a practicing Christian and hates to see those around him suffer. He served on President Lex Luthor's cabinet as Secretary of Education, but was forced to resign by Pete Ross after causing the death of his niece's killer.


For a definitive list of appearances of Black Lightning in chronological order click here


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