Secretary of Education
|Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.|
|Nation or Planet of Origin|
|Suicide Slum, Metropolis, New York|
|Base of Operations|
Meta-human with an ability to generate and control massive amounts of electrical energy. Electricity can be utilized as an offensive weapon a defensive force-field or a means of travel along its current.
Olympic level athlete with excellent acrobatic and hand-to-hand combat skills
Above average intelligence with skills as an educator.
Black Lightning Costume: Electrically charged costume capable of dispensing massive amounts of electrical energy.
Note: Pierce's latent meta-gene enabling him to control electricity makes his costume no longer necessary.
Batman and the Outsiders
Black Lightning Vol. 1 & 2
Justice League of America Vol. 2
|Black Lightning Vol. 1 #1 (April, 1977)|
|Tony Isabella & Trevor Von Eeden|
A gold-metal Olympic decathlete, Jefferson Pierce returned as a high school teacher to his impoverished childhood neighborhood of Suicide Slum, in the city of Metropolis. Appalled by the violence created by the criminal gang known as the 100, Pierce sought the help of Peter Gambi, a family friend with skills a tailor and electronics engineer. Gambi created a costume and miniature-dynamo belt which could harness and direct electricity. After using the costume for a period of time Pierce's latent meta-gene activated enabling him to internalize his costume's powers as the thunderous Black Lightning.