Black Lightning
Nick Name
Civilian ID
Jefferson Pierce


Secretary of Education

Olympic Athlete


Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Suicide Slum, Metropolis, New York
Group Affiliation

Justice League

Outsiders I

Base of Operations

Brick City

Metropolis, New York

6' 6"
180 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

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.

Common Enemies

(The) 100

Tobias Whale

Regularly Appearing

Batman and the Outsiders

Black Lightning Vol. 1 & 2

Justice League of America Vol. 2

First Appearance
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.