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Black Hand

Black Hand by Ethan Van Sciver and Geoff Johns
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Green Lantern (2nd series) #29 (June 1964)
Created by John Broome,
Gil Kane
In story information
Alter ego William Hand
Team affiliations Underground Society
Notable aliases Dr. Wilbur Palm
Abilities Absorbs lifeforce energy from living creatures to recreate his destroyed hand.
Created and wields a device which siphons energy from power rings and mimicks their abilities.

Black Hand (real name William Hand) is a DC Comics supervillain and a recurring foe to Green Lantern. He first appeared in Green Lantern vol. 2 #29 (June 1964) and was created by John Broome and Gil Kane. Black Hand (blackmail), blackmail practiced by gangsters of Camorra and Mafia. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... John Broome (aka: pen names John Osgood and Edgar Ray Meritt) was a writer-contributor to DC Comics. ... Showcase #22 (Oct. ... The Secret Society of Super Villains (SSoSV) is a group of comic book villains that exist in the DC Universe. ... This page meets Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ... Not to be confused with Psiphon. ... This article is about the Green Lantern Corps weapon. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Doctor Doom, one of the most archetypal supervillains and his arch-enemies The Fantastic Four (in background). ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... John Broome (aka: pen names John Osgood and Edgar Ray Meritt) was a writer-contributor to DC Comics. ... Showcase #22 (Oct. ...

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Fictional character biography

The man who would one day be known as Black Hand was born an inventive genius, with a penchant for speaking in extremely old clichés. William's family, the Hands, were renowned in Coastville, a suburb of Coast City, California. He, however, grew to dislike them early in life. He felt the best way to distance himself from them, especially his three brothers (David, Peter and Joe), was by starting a life of crime. After extensive study, he became an expert criminal and evaded police at every turn. Eventually, he progressed into a costumed supervillain, dubbed himself "Black Hand". (This was actually an inside joke, in reference to his status as the "black sheep" of the Hand family.) Coast City was a fictional city that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... An in joke is a joke whose humour is clear only to those people who are in a group that has some prior knowledge (not known by the whole population) that makes the joke humorous. ... Black Sheep may refer to many different things: // English language Black sheep is a derogatory colloquial term in the English language meaning an outsider or one who is different in a way which others disapprove of. ...


In preparation for an inevitable battle with the Coast City-based Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Hand made his most noteworthy invention. The device was able to absorb the residue of a Green Lantern power ring's energy from any object that it has touched. Once fueled by this energy, his device can then be used much the same way as a Green Lantern Ring. In addition to Hal Jordan, Black Hand has battled Kilowog and the second Flash (Barry Allen) over the course of his career. The Green Lantern redirects here. ... Hal Jordan is a fictional character, a DC Comics superhero. ... Kilowog is a fictional superhero from DC Comics, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. ... The Flash redirects here. ... Barry Allen is a fictional superhero in the DC Comics Universe and the second Flash. ...


For a while he retired from a life of crime and attempted to run an adult theatre. This new lease on life came to an abrupt end when it was interrupted by Guy Gardner and his girlfriend Ice. Though the incident was minor in their eyes, it spurred Hand to become a criminal once more. Further encounters with a ring-less Gardner left Hand both psychologically and emotionally scarred. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Guy Gardner is a fictional character, a comic book superhero published by DC Comics. ... Ice (Tora Olafsdotter) is a fictional character, a superheroine in publications from DC Comics. ...


Shortly before Hal Jordan's resurrection, Black Hand's device located a spare Power Ring that Green Arrow held in case of emergency. Hand tried to claim the ring for himself, but was stopped by Green Arrow and Hal Jordan, who at that point was the current Spectre. As Hand attempted to wield the power ring, the emerald archer pinned the villain's hand to the wall with an arrow and the Spectre burnt his hand to ash, stating "(now) he can live up to his name". A fictional artifact used in DC comic books See Green Lantern Corps All Green Lanterns wield a power ring that can generate a variety of effects and energy constructs, powered purely by the user thinking about it. ... This article is about the first Green Arrow, Oliver Queen. ... The Spectre is a fictional cosmic entity and superhero who has appeared in numerous comic books published by DC Comics. ...


Now missing his right hand and driven insane from trauma, Hand fled. However, after hearing of Hal Jordan's resurrection, he decided to live in the rebuilt Coast City to stay close to his foe. While on board an airplane, he is targeted and abducted by the Kroloteans, a race of mysterious German-speaking aliens, who are akin to the gremlins of myth. They perform experiments that enhanced his inherent power, and abandon him in a public park. Coast City was a fictional city that appeared in stories published by DC Comics. ... A gremlin is a folkloric creature, commonly depicted as mischievous and mechanically oriented with a specific interest in aircraft. ...


He has since resurfaced in a panel scene from the Infinite Crisis, one of the several heroes and villains observed by Kal-L and Superboy-Prime. Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Kal-L is the Kryptonian birth name of the Earth-Two Superman, a fictional character who is a superhero in the DC Comics Universe. ... Superman Prime (formerly known as Superboy Prime) is a fictional character, a superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ...


Final Crisis

While being transported to prison in DC Universe: #0, Black Hand experiences a sudden power surge, killing his guards in the detonation and teleporting him to what appears to be the Black Lantern Power Battery.


Powers and equipment

Black Hand possesses a device which can manipulate the energy of Green Lantern power rings. It can obtain this energy by directly draining it from a ring, or via the residue a power ring gives off. Like power rings, however, it needs to replenish this energy on a regular basis in order to operate. Hand usually does this during battles with one or more Green Lanterns, and has also used it to help him locate nearby power rings. This technically makes the device somewhat similar to Qwardian power rings, especially those wielded by Sinestro. Though this device is a product of his creative genius, it is unclear if he can create any other such powerful technology, especially with his current mentally unstable condition. The Green Lantern redirects here. ... This article is about the Green Lantern Corps weapon. ... Qward is a fictional world existing within an antimatter universe that is part of the DC Comics universe. ...


Following the actions of extraterrestrials who subjected him to experimentation, he now has a means to recreate his hand. The experiments granted Black Hand the ability to consume the life-force of the living to create a new hand for himself. The amount of life-force he consumes relates to the amount of time he can control the limb. As an after effect of the experimentation, when he has not consumed enough life-force, he assumes burnt or decaying appearance. The term life force or lifeforce can refer to: The soul, spirit, or other vitalistic energy. ...


Personality and mental health

After suffering various psychological traumas, Black Hand has developed from an average, gimmicky villain to a fearsome and insane force. Beginning as a criminal mastermind, his goals, including becoming rich quickly, were not unlike many villains of the time. However, his repeated defeats had a horrible effect on his psyche. A therapist he was seeing at one point stated that he possessed an innate fear of superheroes. One late night, while suffering from depression, he had a chance meeting with several superheroes (G'nort, Martian Manhunter and Kilowog). Witnessing the assembled heroes meeting at an exclusive skyscraper restaurant, this further caused his deteriorating psyche to break and he had a screaming panic attack. The proverbial last straw may have been his abduction by aliens. After this, and his discovery of the powers they gave him, a clear change occurred. The character now speaks less often in humorous hoary idioms, but instead references his deepening belief in the power of death. Psyche can refer to: In psychology and related fields, the psyche is the entirety of the non-physical aspects of a person. ... For other uses, see Depression. ... Gnort is a DC Comics superhero, created by Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis during their comedy Justice League period. ... Martian Manhunter is the superhero alias of Jonn Jonzz, alternately known as the Manhunter from Mars, a fictional comic book superhero who was created by DC Comics. ... Kilowog is a fictional superhero from DC Comics, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. ... The idiom the straw that broke the camels back is from an Arab proverb about loading up a camel beyond its capacity to move. ...


External links

  • Character information from GLCorps.org
  • Green Lantern: The Dawn of Blackest Night
  • Black Hand costume gallery
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