Tallulah Black

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Tallulah Black
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceJonah Hex Vol 2 #16, (April 2007)
Created byJustin Gray
Jimmy Palmiotti
Phil Noto
In-story information
Full nameTallulah Black
Team affiliationsJonah Hex
  • Outstanding marksman
  • Ability to quick draw
  • Able to gun down multiple enemies in one draw
  • Expert hand-to-hand combatant
Jonah Hex
Series publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleBimonthly; Monthly
FormatOngoing series
Main character(s)Jonah Hex

Tallulah Black is a fictional character, a western comic book antihero that appears in comic books published by DC Comics as a supporting character of Jonah Hex. The character was created by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and artist Phil Noto. Tallulah Black is a tragic figure and bounty hunter whose face and body were horribly scarred with cuts and left eye taken out. Despite her history and background, Tallulah is kind and a decent person who truly cares for people besides herself. The character was portrayed by Megan Fox in the 2010 film Jonah Hex.

Publication history[edit]

Tallulah Black first appeared in Jonah Hex, Vol 2 #16[1] in April 2007 created by writers Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and artist Phil Noto.

Fictional character biography[edit]

When men from the U.S. government (or claiming to be) came to her family's house, they told them to get out as they were going to steal the Black family's land for themselves. But Tallulah's family stood their ground and told them that they didn't want to go.

Not willing to take no for an answer, the men turned violent and killed the rest of Tallulah's family, raped her and shot her in the left eye, leaving her for dead. In spite of all that, miraculously she survived her wounds.

A year later, while she was working as a prostitute in Little City, the leader of those men recognized her in the brothel she was working at. Surprised that she lived and escaped him the first time, he slashed up much of her body.

Tallulah survived again, but her face and body were left heavily scarred. Seeking revenge, she goes out to find Jonah Hex knowing of his reputation as a bounty hunter asking for help and telling him her story. After some initial reluctance at first, Hex teaches her about marksmanship and how to use a pistol for herself; with her newfound knowledge and skills, Tallulah goes out with Hex and avenges herself on the men who slaughtered her family and disfigured her, shooting them all to death.

After she gets her revenge, she decides to join Hex as a bounty hunter and eventually Hex's lover. Tallulah later became pregnant by Hex without his knowledge. However the child, a girl, was killed shortly after being born, with Black left for dead. Hex saved Black but declared their relationship at an end, and tracked down the killer(Jonah Hex vol. 2, #50).[2]

New 52[edit]

Tallulah Reappeared in the DC re-launch the New 52, once again teaming up with Jonah Hex, appearing in All-Star Western Vol 3 #9 (July, 2012).[3]

Powers and abilities[edit]

In her stories with Jonah Hex, Tallulah displays no supernatural or superhuman powers; however, she does possess some exceptional abilities, acquired through natural talent and training.

She can sharp shoot with guns, both short range and long range, ride a horse and take care of herself in a fight.

In other media[edit]


In the 2010 film Jonah Hex with Josh Brolin, Tallulah Black was portrayed by actress Megan Fox. In the film she was different to her comics counterpart, instead of being a bounty hunter herself, she works as prostitute going by "Lilah" for short; there was no mention of her family and she didn't have the scars or missing left-eye on her body either. Even though her origin and background were different, she was still Tallulah Black, and she knew and had a close relationship with Jonah Hex, becoming his on-again, off-again lover whenever he dropped by the brothel she worked at.

She helps Jonah, when she gets caught up in his quest with the U.S. government when they find and track down Quentin Turnbull, uncovering his plot to unleash a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. with a newly discovered super-weapon. After the final battle with Turnbull, Jonah turns down the president's offer to be sheriff and goes off to continue as a bounty hunter while Tallulah follows him in their next adventure.


  1. ^ Jonah Hex, Vol 2 #16
  2. ^ Jonah Hex vol. 2, #50
  3. ^ All-Star Western Vol 3 #9

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