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Black Hood III

Created by:

Gray Morrow

Real Name:

Thomas Kipling " Kip" Burland
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) #1
First Appearance:

Archie Super Hero Special Digest #2 August 1979

Origin:

Matt Burland passed on the Secret Identity of the Black Hood to his nephew Kip, after explaining how the Burland's had been the Black Hood through out history.

History:

Red Circle/Archie Adventure Comics:

Archie’s Super-Hero Digest No. 2 1979
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks //Neal Adams? / Dick Giordano?
Story: [untitled]
Editor:
Writer, artist, letterer: Grey Morrow
Feature Character: Black Hood II (Kip Burland; 1st appearance and origin)
Intro: Black Hood I (Matt Burland; see Comment below), Faye Traynor, Marla Traynor (first and only appearance for both)
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian (first appearance)
Cameo appearances: Two other Black Hoods (ancestors of the current Black Hoods; first and only appearance for both)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first and only appearance)
Comment: The Black Hood of the original Mighty Crusaders is not mentioned in this story.  Matt Burland is mentioned as operating as a “Western” Black Hood in 1937 and is apparently not the same as the Black Hood who appeared in the 1940's and ‘60's.  This conundrum is not resolved.
Synopsis: Seeking a better way of fighting crooks, police detective Kip Burland is passed on the legacy of the Black Hood from his uncle.

Story: “It’s Murder to Beat the Odds” (5 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Supporting Character: Doyle Demian
Villains: Lefty Burkett and his gang (first and only appearance for all)
Synopsis: The Black Hood takes out a gang of crooked gamblers.

Story: “Life’s Not Like a Comic Book”
Editor, plotter: Gray Morrow
Scripter, penciller: Neal Adams
Inker: Dick Giordano
Feature Character: Black Hood II
Intro: Rhonda Lee (dies in this story), Deborah Wiachek (only appearance)
Villains: A gang of crooks (first appearance; all die in this story)
Synopsis: After witnessing an abduction, the Black Hood tries to rescue the victim.

Story: “The Black Hood Hits a Sour Note” (4 pages)
Editor: Gray Morrow
Writer: Marvin Channing
Artist: Al McWilliams
Feature Character: Black Hood II (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1)
Supporting Character: Doyle Damian
Intro: Sir Oland Manders (only appearance)
Villains: Sir Oland Manders, Dennis Gordon, and their gang (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: Sometime after this story the Black Hood helps the Mighty Crusaders fight the Brain Emperor in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #1-3.
Synopsis: The Black Hood gets involved when gangsters appear to kidnap a symphony orchestra.
 

Black Hood No. 1
June 1983
Cover: Black Hood saving girl from crooks //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Mask and the Man” (18 pages)
Editor: Robin Snyder
Writer: Cary Burkett
Artist: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #3)
Supporting Character: Phil Martin
Intro: Blaine Farrell
Cameo appearance: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Death-Monger (Jason Strang), Cyrene (first appearance for both; both next appear in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4), Nails Garson and his gang (including Al; first and only appearance for all; some die in this story)

Black Hood No. 2
August 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Dark Destroyer” (12 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Gary Cohn
Artist, letterer: Pat Boyette
Feature Character: Black Hood
Intro: Ellie and her father (only appearance for both), Bart Taylor (in flashback; dies in this story)
Villains: Jakey Chandler (first appearance; dies in this story), Clyde, Billy-Bob (first and only appearance for both)
Synopsis: In a small town, the Black Hood encounters a mutant monster with a semi-truck.

Story: “Candle in the Wind” (10 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Plotter: John Carbonaro
Scripter: Rich Margopoulos
Artist: Dan Spiegle
Letterer: Carrie McCarthy
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood
Other Character: Carolyn Farrell (in flashback)
Villains: Tony Geovelli, a hitman (both in flashback; first appearance for both; both die in this story)
Synopsis: The Black Hood remembers a woman he once loved, and how he brought justice to the mobster who had her killed.

Black Hood No. 3
October 1983
Cover: Black Hood vs. crooks; Fox vignette //Alex Toth (signed)
Story: “The Skywind Massacre” (16 pages)
Editor: Bill DuBay
Writer: Steve Ringgenberg
Artist, letterer: Gray Morrow
Colorist: Don Warfield
Feature character: Black Hood (next appears in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #4)
GA: Matt Burland (in flashback)
Cameo appearance: The Grissom Gang (first and only appearance; in flashback)
Villains: Col. Vulanov (first appearance; dies in this story), Ace, Gregor, Cherenkov, Pyotr, Dzubin, Leshko, various mercenaries (first and only appearance for all)
Comment: The further appearances of the Black Hood are tracked in the Mighty Crusaders index.
Synopsis: The Black Hood foils an attempt by the Russians to steal a blimp.

Blue Ribbon Comics V. 2 No. 11
August 1984
Cover: Black Hood trapped in video game //Rich Buckler (signed)
Story: “The Billon-Dollar Ripoff” (11 pages)
Editor, co-writer: Rich Buckler
Co-writer: Stan Timmons
Penciller: Dick Ayers
Inker: Chic Stone
Letterer: Bill Yoshida
Colorist: Barry Grossman
Feature Character: Black Hood II (last appearance in MIGHTY CRUSADERS (2nd series) #8)
Intro: Russell Howe (dies in this story), Mrs. Howe, Mickey Hart, Mrs. Hart (only appearance for all)
Villain: Mr. Ferrett (first and only appearance)
Synopsis: The Black Hood investigates the apparent suicide of a video games employee, which may have been murder.

Story: “The Face Behind the Mask”
Editor: Rich Buckler
Writer: David Allikas
Penciller: Carmine Infantino
Inker: Eduardo Barretto
Feature Character: Black Hood IV (Matt Regis; first and only appearance and origin)
Intro: Sam Ratner, Nancy Regis, Marvin Teisman (only appearance for all)
Villains: Harry, Ray Angelo (first and only appearance for both)
Comment: Despite the claim on page 1, this is not the “original” Black Hood.
Synopsis: Gangsters are opposed by a new Black Hood, who turns out secretly to be their boss.

 

Powers & Weapons:

He has no powers, but in the Mighty Comics version he does have the
Hoodcycle, a motorcycle which can convert into other vehicles.

Checklist:

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Archie’s Super-Hero Digest 2
Black Hood 1-3
Blue Ribbon Comics (vol. 2) 8, 11
Mighty Crusaders (vol. 2) 1-5, 7-13

Archie's Weird Mysteries 3, 14

TEXT BY: DarkMark author of War with the Wizard

ART BY: Neal Adams

MICRO BY: CopperAge, the black condor and Rik Offenberger

 

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