100 (DC Comics)
Booster Gold versus the 1000, artist Dan Jurgens
Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #105,
Booster Gold #2
Kurt Busiek (writer)
Rick Leonardi (artist)
Gerry Conway (writer)
Curt Swan (artist)
Dan Jurgens (writer & artist)
|Type of organization||Organized crime|
Syonide (two different agents)
The 100, the 10, and the 1000 are fictional organized crime groups appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The 10 debuted in Superman #665 (September 2007), and were created by Kurt Busiek and Rick Leonardi. The 100 debuted in Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #105 (October 1970), and were created by Bob Kanigher. The 1,000 debuted in Booster Gold #2 (March 1986), and were created by Dan Jurgens.
Fictional team history
A recent story in Superman #665, shows that during Superman's early years in Metropolis, there was a smaller organization called the 10, with ties to Intergang. According to Black Lightning: Year One #4 (April 2009), they have no ties to the 100, but may have ties to the 1,000.
The 100, formerly known as El Ciento (the one hundred), was founded by 71 men and women from all over Europe who came together in Aragon, Spain 1462, and named themselves El Ciento in order to honor their 29 dead allies. The surviving members of El Ciento combined various scientific, arcane and alchemical methods of life extension in order to render themselves immortal. At a later point they were driven out of Aragon by the Spanish Inquisition, but by then they had granted themselves vastly extended lifespans. They later discovered that the only way they could stay alive was to own the land they lived on, and to feed off the despair and negative emotions of the human tenants on their lands; they also learned how to become immaterial and possess human bodies. Though most members of El Ciento feed off human suffering, some few have been able to survive by feeding on positive emotions. The immortal known as Ra's al Ghul considers El Ciento to be a threat to his plans.
A member of El Ciento later established himself in Metropolis's Southside an area which would later be known as Suicide Slum. The 100 held a firm grip on the city's criminal underworld for years, indulging in crimes such as drug trafficking and racketeering. They later seem to have spread across the country with branches operating in other cities. They have also made enemies of many heroes, including Rose and Thorn (whose father they murdered), Halo (whom they murdered as well as her parents), and Superman himself. As the 100, they fought foes like Black Lightning at the behest of the Metropolis section leader Tobias Whale.
History of the 1000
The former Director of the 1000 was a US senator named Henry Ballard who shepherded the organization's new direction and goals. Under the Director, the 100 changed its name to the 1000 where it is attempting to expand their reach to even the Oval Office with Henry Ballard as the presidential candidate. This plan however was thwarted and the 1000 became the 100 again upon retreating into the shadows. As the 1000 they fought Booster Gold.
- Cyclotronic Man - Ned Creegan, accidentally subjected to an experimental "purple light ray". The ray made Creegan's skin transparent so that only his skeleton was visible, and charged him with electricity. As "Bag O´ Bones", he fought Batman and Robin. As 100 operative Cyclotronic Man, he later tried to eliminate both Black Lightning and Superman, but was defeated. In prison, a crooked warden refused to give Creegan the radiation treatment that his body required, making him mutate into a powerful radioactive creature called Meltdown. The Outsiders helped Creegan get the treatments he needed and he went back to prison, content to serve out his time.
- Joey Toledo - A drug pusher. He was later killed by a League of Assassins operative.
- Johnny "Stitches" Denetto - A crime boss who had his face peeled off by Tobias Whale back when he used to work for him. Upon being saved by Intergang and joining up with them, Desaad sewed a new face onto him which was made from dead humans and animals.
- Merlyn the Archer - A mercenary archer who was also a member of the League of Assassins.
- Pajamas - An unnamed Asian martial artist nicknamed "Pajamas" by Black Lightning.
- Steel-Fist Feeny - Francis Feeny possesses a cybernetic right hand made out of steel.
- Syonide I - The mercenary called Syonide was hired by Tobias Whale and the 100 to capture Black Lightning and Peter Gambi. He committed suicide after believing he had murdered Black Lightning, but was succeeded by the female Syonide.
- Syonide II - The second Syonide was female. She first succeeded the original as an agent of the 100 and fought the Outsiders. Later, she became a mercenary in her own right, sometimes working together with Merlyn the Archer.
- Tobias Whale - Superstrong and tough albino enemy of Black Lightning. He is the leader of the 100's Metropolis branch.
- Blackguard - An enforcer for the 1000 who clashed with Booster Gold. Thorn was able to save Booster Gold and Blackguard from being killed by the 1000. He is now reformed and working with Guy Gardner. Blackguard was later killed by General Wade Eiling while serving on the Suicide Squad.
- Chiller - A shape-shifting super-assassin who nearly killed former President Ronald Reagan and former Vice-President George H.W. Bush at the behest of the 1000.
- Director - Senator Henry Ballard is the forward thinking leader of the 1000. He was later killed in battle against Booster Gold, Blackguard, and Thorn.
- Doctor Shocker - Shocker serves the Director as a special interrogator. He specialized in the use of a highly advanced device called a "Psi-tap" that could read and transcribe a victim's thoughts.
- Mindancer - A supervillain who drains mental energy from others and stored it for use later as bolts of psionic force. She was second in command of the 1000 behind the Director. Mindancer recently reappeared as a prison escapee during Infinite Crisis where she crossed paths with Kyle Rayner.
- Shockwave - Arnold Pruett is a wise-cracking armored enforcer for the 1000.
In other media
- The 100 appears in Black Lightning. Known members include Tobias Whale, Syonide, Joey Toledo, Latavius "Lala" Johnson, and Painkiller. The 100 operates in Freeland where Tobias Whale runs it after it was given to him by Lady Eve's bosses. In addition, some members of the Freeland Police Department are secretly on the 100's side.
- As seen in Black Lightning: Year One #4 (April 2009). DC Comics
- As seen in Batman #195 (September 1967). DC Comics.
- As seen in Black Lightning #4 (September 1977). DC Comics.
- Batman and the Outsiders #4. DC Comics.
- Black Lightning #1. DC Comics.
- Black Lightning #2. DC Comics.
- Gotham Underground #1. DC Comics.
- As seen in Black Lightning #6
- Booster Gold #1
- Booster Gold #8
- Booster Gold #9
- Blue Devil #2
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