Black Marvel

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Black Marvel
The Black Marvel's debut
Cover art by Alex Schomburg
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Mystic Comics #5 (March 1941)
In-story information
Alter ego Dan Lyons
Team affiliations Slingers
Abilities Peak physical abilities
Skilled fighter

The Black Marvel (Daniel Lyons) is a fictional comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics universe. Created by artist Al Gabriele with an unknown writer,[1] he first appeared in Mystic Comics #5 (March 1941), published by Marvel's 1940s forerunner Timely Comics during the period fans and historians call the Golden Age of comic books.

Publication history[edit]

The Black Marvel appeared in the multi-character omnibus title Mystic Comics #5-9 (March 1941 - May 1942). His first-appearance origin story was reprinted in Marvel Super-Heroes #15 (July 1968).

The character also starred in a story in All Winners Comics #1 (Summer 1941), which was written by Lee and reprinted in The Golden Age of Marvel Comics, Vol. 2. The cover was also reprinted in Giant-Size Invaders vol. 2, #2 (Dec. 2005).

Fictional character biography[edit]

He was chosen by a "Black Feet" (sic) native American chief (not specifically tied to the real-life Blackfoot tribe) to be a champion of justice, after besting 100 challengers by outrunning a deer, outswimming a salmon upstream, hitting the bullseye while blindfolded and then catching arrows that were fired at him, and then wrestling a bear, finally winning by breaking its neck with his bare hands. He was given a long bow into which he carved a notch whenever he performed a good deed. When he had attained 100 notches he would be judged worthy of having taken the mantle of the Black Marvel.

In later years, Lyons made a Faustian bargain with the demonic being Mephisto that allowed Lyons to obtain four superpowered costumes abandoned by the superhero Spider-Man, and to use them to launch the superhero team the Slingers.[2] The heroes eventually helped release Lyons from his demonic contract, allowing him to die in peace.

In other media[edit]


Black Marvel (second from right) along with the other five "Forgotten Warriors".


  1. ^ Not Stan Lee as reported by some sources such as at "Stan Lee" at the Lambiek Comiclopedia. See Mystic Comics #5 at the Grand Comics Database: "Note that some sources claim that Stan Lee co-created the Black Marvel, but Lee's first writing credit, for a text filler, has been established as being in Captain America Comics #3, with his first comic scripting credit a few issues after that."
  2. ^ Slingers # 0-12 (Nov. 1998 - Nov. 1999)
  3. ^ "'Spider-Man: The Animated Series". Marvel Toonzone. 

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