Black Terror first appeared in Exciting Comics #9, published in May 1941 by Nedor Comics, an imprint of Standard Comics and Better Publications. The character was created by writer Richard E. Hughes and artist Dan Gabrielson.
Black Terror, also known as Bob Benton, is a pharmacist who creates a chemical formula called “”formic ethers”” that grants him superhuman strength and invulnerability. Along with his sidekick, Tim Roland (who becomes Kid Terror), Bob Benton dons a costume featuring a skull and crossbones and adopts the superhero identity of Black Terror to fight crime and combat various evildoers.
Exciting Comics was an anthology series that featured a variety of superhero and adventure stories. Black Terror became one of the most popular characters in the series, eventually getting his own spin-off title called “”The Black Terror.”” In addition to his appearances in Exciting Comics, Black Terror was also featured in other Nedor Comics titles like America’s Best Comics and The Fighting Yank.
The publication history of Black Terror lasted throughout the 1940s, with the character’s popularity waning as the superhero genre experienced a decline in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Bob Benton had always been a master chemist, working for years at a top-secret government facility where he conducted groundbreaking research on human enhancement. His life took an unexpected turn when his father passed away suddenly, leaving him with the responsibility of taking over the family pharmacy.
Having retired from his position at the government facility, Bob threw himself into the role of a dedicated pharmacist, providing essential medications to those in need. However, his peaceful existence was disrupted when a group of ruthless thugs began extorting protection money from local businesses, including his pharmacy.
Driven to protect his father’s legacy and his community, Bob decided to draw upon his extensive knowledge of chemistry to develop a formula that would grant him the abilities needed to stand up against these oppressors. He knew that the key to unlocking human potential lay in a secret ingredient that he had researched during his time at the government facility.
Determined to complete his serum, Bob devised a plan to sneak back into the facility and obtain the elusive ingredient. After a daring infiltration, he successfully acquired the compound and returned to his laboratory, where he combined it with his existing formula.
Upon injecting the serum, Bob experienced an incredible transformation as the compounds interacted with his body. The serum had successfully unlocked hidden potential within his body, granting him enhanced strength, speed, agility, and a range of other extraordinary powers.
Emboldened by his newfound abilities, Bob created a black costume adorned with a skull and bones emblem across his chest. Assuming the persona of the ‘Black Terror,’ he set out to confront the thugs who had terrorized his community.
As the Black Terror, Bob fought tirelessly to protect the innocent and bring justice to those who preyed on the vulnerable. In the process, he became a beacon of hope for his community and an inspiration for others to stand up against injustice.
Physical Enhancement – Enhanced strength, speed, agility, and other extraordinary powers.
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