Black Condor (DC)(01 - Thomas Wright)
Real Name: Richard Grey, Jr.
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The early years of the Twentieth Century brought a wave of scientific expeditions to the Far East, among them was archaeologist Richard Grey and his new wife. She had given birth to their son, Richard Jr. during the expedition and as the caravan made their way through territory known today as Mongolia, they were attacked by Mongol bandits, wrongly believing that the group had found treasure and was returning to civilization. All were killed, except for the infant Grey, who would have surely died if not for being adopted by a flock of intelligent condors. Not only were they more intelligent than average birds, but far from the condor's home ranges of the Andes and far Rocky Mountains in North and South America.
Growing to young adulthood, the feral man-child was troubled in the fact that he did not resemble the other members of his flock. It was not until he met Father Pierre, a wizend hermit who stayed in the mountains did he learn of his true heritage. After Father Pierre had taught him to speak English and act like a human, the hermit was killed by the same bandits that had killed his parents nearly twenty years earlier. After getting revenge on them, he left Mongolia for the United States, originally to seek out a new identity as Richard Grey, but soon coming onto a plot to kill United States Senator Thomas Wright.
Taking on the identity of Wright, Grey submerged the identity of Richard Grey Jr., now becoming Thomas Wright or The Black Condor. As The Black Condor, "Wright" fought saboteurs and crooked politicians in Washington and his home district ( which was never revealed, but may have been Opal City ). Towards the end of 1941, The Black Condor met briefly with Uncle Sam and other heroes to begin to form a group to fight the upcoming menaces of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. After the US had declared war with Japan and Germany, The Black Condor joined the newly-formed All-Star Squadron . At the urging of Uncle Sam he and four other heroes joined him in a splinter group that would fight menace to America that Uncle Sam might sense. This group was called THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS. This group spent much of their time in Washington DC and on the West Coast.
After 1943, little is known about either The Black Condor or Thomas Wright. It is believed that he did survive the War, but this is uncertain. He did appear at the gathering of heroes that repelled the Appelexian alien invasion ten years ago, but it is unconfirmed at this time his present status. He appeared recently in a ghostly form as a "spirit guide " to Ned Smith, a confidant of another hero who has begun adventuring under the name "Black Condor".
First Appearance: Crack Comics (1940) #1
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All Star Comics (1999)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
#31 America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
- 'Uncle Sam Wants You!'#32
- 'Crisis on Earth-X! The Prequel'#33
- 'The Battle Of Santa Barbara - - Times Two!'#34
- 'The Wrath of Tsunami!'#35
- '...That Earths May Live!'#38
- 'Detroit is Dynamite!'#50
- 'Crisis Point!'#60
- 'The End Of The Beginning!'
#1 Black Condor (1992)
- 'I Accuse'#3
- 'Hostile Witness'#4
- 'D-Day For Degation'
#4 Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
- 'A Time of Predators'#10
- 'Hero Sandwich'
Convergence Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Crack Comics (1940)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
#5 Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
- 'Worlds In Limbo'#6
- '3 Earths! 3 Deaths!'#9
- 'War Zone'#11
- 'Final Crisis'
DC Comics Presents (1978)
#62 DCU: Legacies (2010)
- 'Born on the Fourth of July'
Freedom Fighters (1976)
#1 Freedom Fighters (2010)
- 'The Freedom Fighters'#2
- 'Skragg, The Super-Sniper'#4
- 'The Left Hand of Oblivion'#5
- 'The Rise and Fall of King Samson'#6
- 'Witching Hour for the Warrior Wizards!'#7
- 'The Emperor of the North Pole!'#8
- 'D-Day at Niagra!'#9
- 'Blitzkrieg at Buffalo'#10
- 'Murder in Miniature'#12
- 'Bust-Out in the Big House'#13
- 'The Amazing Origin, The Deadly Return, The Startling Secret of the Black Condor'#14
- 'Sideshows of Doom!'#15
- 'Carnival of Death'
#4 Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
- 'American Nightmare: Part Four!'
#1 History of the DC Universe (1986)
- 'Golden Age Secret Files & Origins'
JLA: Year One (1998)
#11 JSA (1999)
- 'Stalag Earth'#12
- 'Justice For All'
Justice League of America (1960)
#107 Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
- 'Crisis on Earth-X!'#108
- 'Thirteen Against the Earth!'
#1 Justice Society of America (2007)
- 'Unlimited, Chapter 1: Injustice League'
Secret Origins (1986)
#21 Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
- 'Starring Jonah Hex & The Black Condor'
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
HC The Golden Age (1993)
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia: Updated And Expanded'HC
- 'The DC Comics Encyclopedia'
#1 The Lou Fine Comics Treasury (1991)
- 'The World Was at Peace.'#4
- 'We Had it All'
TPB The New Teen Titans (1984)
- 'The Lou Fine Comics Treasury'
The Ray (1992)
The Ray (1994)
#2 The Spectre (1992)
- 'The God Complex'#18
- 'The Tide'#21
#38 Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters (2007)
- 'The Haunting of America, Part 2: Icons'
Uncle Sam Quarterly (1941)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
#2 Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
- 'Automan to Blackhawk Island'#8
- 'Fatal Five to Garguax'
#1 Young All-Stars (1987)
- 'All-Star Squadron to Catalyst'#5
- 'Reaper to Zymyr plus Appendix'
- 'A Gathering Of Heroes!'#27
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