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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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Issue Appearances:
52 (2006)
All Star Comics (1999)
All-Star Squadron (1981)
America vs. the Justice Society (1985)
Black Condor (1992)
Cancelled Comic Cavalcade (1978)
Convergence Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters (2015)
Countdown (2007)
Crack Comics (1940)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985)
Crisis on Multiple Earths (2002)
DC Comics Presents (1978)
DCU: Legacies (2010)
Freedom Fighters (1976)
Freedom Fighters (2010)
Golden Age Secret Files (2001)
History of the DC Universe (1986)
JLA: Year One (1998)
JSA (1999)
Justice League of America (1960)
Justice League Wedding Special (2007)
Justice Society of America (2007)
Secret Origins (1986)
Steve Ditko Omnibus (2011)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The Golden Age (1993)
The Lou Fine Comics Treasury (1991)
The New Teen Titans (1984)
The Ray (1992)
The Ray (1994)
The Spectre (1992)
Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters (2007)
Uncle Sam Quarterly (1941)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)
Young All-Stars (1987)

Group Affiliation(s):
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
All-Star Squadron (DC)(Post Crisis)
Freedom Fighters (DC)

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