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SHIELD by Mark Lester

Black Jack

Created by:

Al "Camy" Camerata

Real Name:

Jack Jones
Joined Mighty Crusaders:

In an untold story prior to Archie's Weird Mysteries #3 
First Appearance:

Zip Comics #20, November 1941

Origin:

Jack Jones, a detective who likes to play blackjack at the police station, is captured and presumed murdered by criminals. He escapes, and goes undercover as Black Jack.

History:

MLJ Comics:
The magic and mystique of playing cards gives birth to a unique hero: Black Jack. Steel Sterling introduced Black Jack on the cover of Zip Comics number 20. From the first panel, the tale of the Black Jack proves steeped in the mysticism playing cards have held through the ages. The story begins with a gypsy in dotage reading the fortune of hoodlum Lucky Lavitto from a deck of playing cards. The first words in the story are hers as she presents the Jack of Spades; "Beware the Black Jack! He will be your doom!" Lucky fails to take the gypsy's words seriously, to his detriment.

Fate continues to deal her hand when Jack Jones, a detective with a penchant for the game of blackjack, interrogates a dying gangster. The hoodlum uses his last moments of life to relate the location of the gang's hideout to Jack. The gang is hiding at the abandoned Larson Mansion. Jack heads for the Larson Mansion with two fellow detectives.

Unfortunately, a lookout forewarned Lucky, and the shrewd mobster lays a trap for the policemen. It turns out one of the detectives worked for Lucky as a tip-off man. After he plays his hand and defeats the detectives, Lucky decides to wall Officer Jones up in a wall with a Jack of Spades card.

The gang departs, and Jack awakes holed inside a small room without air. He presses the card through the drying cement to allow a hole for him to breathe. The previous homeowner arrives at the mansion for a look, and discovers the card lying on the floor. He subsequently discovers the fresh cement and breaks it open to discover an unconscious Jack Jones. The homeowner, Mr. Larson, informs Jack of his rescue. At his suggestion, Jack decides to let the gangsters think he is dead and return in the costume of the Black Jack! Black Jack quickly dispels his first mission when he surprises Lucky's gang and hands them over to the police.

Black Jack is truly an interesting hero, though some might suspect the recurring theme of card-game based villains and humor may have worn thin very quickly. Though he had no super powers, his skills as a fighter and detective proved more than a match for the most cunning foe. Over his career Jack Jones ensures the gypsy's warning holds true not only for Lucky Lavitto,but for many other misguided souls; "Beware the Black Jack!"

Powers & Weapons:

An Olympic level athlete, master of hand to hand combat Superior deductive abilities.

Checklist:

MLJ Comics:

Zip Comics 20-35

Mighty & Radio Comics:

Mighty Crusaders 4

Red Circle & Archie Comics:
Archie's Weird Mysteries 3, 14

 

 

TEXT BY: Rik Offenberger

ART BY: Steve Butler

MICRO BY: CopperAge, Isaac Turner, Darren Wunder, Jerome Galica and Rik Offenberger

AMAZING BOY

AGENT SWIFT

BLACK HOOD

BLACK HOOD II

BLACK HOOD III

BLACK HOOD IV

BLACK JACK

BLACK WITCH

BOB PHANTOM

BOBBY BELL

BOY BUDDIES

BRAIN EMPEROR

CAPTAIN COMMANDO

CAPTAIN FLAG

CAPTAIN SPROCKET

CAPTAIN VALOR

CAT GIRL

COMET

COMET II

DAN HASTINGS

DARKLING

DOC REEVES

DOC STRONG

DUSTY

FALCON

FIREBALL

FIREBALL II

FIREFLY

FIREFLY ii

FLY

FLY II

FLY GIRL

FLY GIRL II

FOX

FOX II

GHOST FOX

GREEN COBRA

GREEN FALCON

HANGMAN

HANGMAN II

HANGMAN III

HERCULES

INFERNO

JAGUAR

JAGUAR II

KALTHAR

KARDAK

LADY SHIELD

MADAM SATAN

MARVEL

MIGHTY CRUSADERS

MISTER JUSTICE

MISTER MIDNIGHT

MISTER SATAN

NEVADA JONES
NEW CRUSADERS

O VINGADOR

POW-GIRL

PRESS GUARDIAN

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RED RUBE

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ROCKET

ROY

SCARLET AVENGER

SHADOW

SHE-FOX

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SHIELD

SHIELD II

SHIELD III

SHIELD IV

SHIELD V

SHIELD VI

SHIELDMASTER

SLIVER FOX

SPIDERMAN

SLIVER SPIDER

STEEL STERLING

STEEL STERLING II

TURAN

TY-GOR
WAR EAGLES

WEB

WEB II

WEB III

WIZARD

ZAMBINI

 

Created by Rik Offenberger September 18, 2003

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