The Elite

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The Elite
The original line up from Action Comics #775. They are: Menagerie I (foreground), Hat, Manchester Black and Coldcast (background, left to right)
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Action Comics #775 (March 2001)
Created by Joe Kelly (writer)
Doug Mahnke (artist)
In-story information
Member(s) Coldcast
Manchester Black
Menagerie I
Menagerie II
Vera Black

The Elite is a team of super-powered anti-heroes appearing in stories published by DC Comics. The team took early influences from The Authority.[1]

They made their first appearance in the story "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?", published in Action Comics #775 (March 2001). The story, which was voted number 1 in Wizard Magazine's Top Ten Comics of the Decade. was written by Joe Kelly, pencilled by Doug Mahnke and Lee Bermejo, inked by Tom Nguyen. They appeared in a number of stories as antagonists, before some of them merged with members of the Justice League to form Justice League Elite.


Team Members[edit]

Manchester Black[edit]

The team's first leader. Currently dead after he realized that he'd become as bad as the villains he wanted to fight.

Vera Black[edit]

The sister of Manchester Black and the second leader of The Elite.


A very large and buff African-American man who sports dreadlocks and chains and manacles around his neck and wrists. He is capable of manipulating electromagnetism. He was eventually inspired by Superman to fight on the side of heroes.

Menagerie I[edit]

A Puerto Rican woman with a symbiotic armor of suit that allows her to transform into a chimeric creature. She joined with an alien weapon cache, lobotomized and placed in a coma.

Menagerie II[edit]

Menagerie I sister. She joined with an alien weapon cache which drove her insane, now in a metahuman prison facility.

The Hat[edit]

A young Asian man with a penchant for drinking. He was armed with a magic hat that could pull any item he wanted from it. He quit the team shortly after Vera Black took over.


A bacterial colony that became a floating fortress before The Elite brought her to their universe to use as a base of operations. It is the equivalent to The Carrier. On the rare glimpse inside, it appears to contain many wonders including Excalibur and the skeleton of Pegasus.

Collected editions[edit]

They have appeared in a number of titles and all but Action Comics #795 have been reprinted in trade paperbacks:

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