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Black Pirate (01 - Jon Valor)
Real Name: Jon Valor
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A 16th century British nobleman, John Valor took to the high seas as a pirate when it became clear that he was morally on the wrong side of the wave of political upheaval in Europe at the time. He was due to be executed by King Philip of Spain, when the King learned he had just married his own ward, Donna Bonita. The King then struck a bargain with Valor, promising him life, if he would serve the Spanish flag. Valor agreed under the condition that the flag would always represent the cause of justice. Eventually, though, Spain disappointed, and Valor fled back to England. He and Donna had a son, Justin, who took to the seas with him. Justin, though, eventually was injured, forcing Valor to rethink his life. He thus unmasked himself before King Charles and swore to disavow the pirate's life forever. HIs son, though, had made no such vow, and became embroiled in the cause of the Puritans. Needing cash for their impending journey to America, Justin pirated Charles' vessels for the Puritans. Charles called Valor out of retirement to discover who was behind this new wave of pirating. When Jon investigated he was shocked to discover it was his own son. They made a peace, however, that allowed Justin to set sail for America with the Puritans, and satisfy Charles' requirement that Jon end the wave of pirating.

Long gone from the pages of comic books, the Black Pirate recently appeared in Robinson's 90's Starman revival--as a ghost.


First Appearance: Action Comics (1938) #23

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Issue Appearances:
Action Comics (1938)
All-American Comics (1939)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
Comic Cavalcade (1942)
Comic Cavalcade Archives (2005)
Countdown (2007)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League of America 80 Page Giant (2009)
Sensation (Mystery) Comics (1942)
Starman (1994)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

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