Black Knight XV
Nick Name
Civilian ID
Dane Garrett Whitman




Legal Status
Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.
Nation or Planet of Origin
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Group Affiliation



Excalibur I

Heroes for Hire

Base of Operations
New York, New York
190 lbs.
Eye Color
Hair Color
Known Powers

Normal human with the skills of a medieval knight.

Excellent hand-to-hand combatant, horseman and swordsman.

Above average intelligence with skills as a scientist.


Aragorn: Genetically altered horse possessing feathered wings.

Atomic Steed: Personal long-range high-speed air-cycle powered by nuclear power.

Black Knight Armor: Light-weight armor affording the wearer a level of personal protection.

Ebony Sword: Long-bladed mystical sword forged from a meteorite by the sorcerer Merlin; capable of cleaving through almost any substance. The sword's attributes give it an immunity from other magic and is capable of transporting its wielder across space and time.

Note: The Ebony Sword at one time possessed a blood-curse due to the many people it had been used to kill over the ages. As long as the sword is not used lethally its curse can be avoided.

Valinor: Extra-dimensional horse possessing bat-like wings.

Common Enemies
Regularly Appearing

Avengers Vol. 1

Avengers World

Black Knight Vol. 1

Defenders Vol. 1

Dr. Strange Vol. 2

First Appearance
Avengers Vol. 1 #47 (Dec. 1967)
Roy Thomas & John Buscema

During the 6th Century in the kingdom of Camelot, Sir Percy of Scandia was charged by King Arthur with the task of a mysterious avenging champion - the Black Knight. Equipped with the mystical Ebony Sword, forged by the sorcerer Merlin from a meteorite, Sir Percy battled against the forces which threatened the fabled realm.

Although there were other Black Knights throughout the ages none of them wielded the Ebony Sword; due to it being buried beneath Sir Percy's castle with its owner.

Centuries later Sir Percy's castle was inherited by the scientist Nathan Garrett, who was inspired by its contents to become a villainous Black Knight. Although Garrett's corrupt spirit prohibited him from wielding the mystical Ebony Sword, he used his scientific genius to create a winged horse and design modern weapons with a medieval motif.

When Garrett's villainous career was cut short by fatal injuries sustained battling the Avenger, Iron Man, he called upon his only living relative Dane Whitman. Near death, Garrett confessed his regrets, and pleaded with his nephew to use his technology to restore the historic nobility of the Black Knight.