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2436: Black Goliath #1

" Black Goliath "
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Black Goliath #1
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Editor-in-Chief: Gerry Conway
Cover Artists: Rich Buckler
Writers: Tony Isabella
Pencilers: George Tuska
Inkers: Vincent Colletta
Colourists: Michele Wolfman
Letterers: Irving Watanabe
Cover Date: February 1976
Release Date: December 1975
Story Arc: -
Pages: 19
Cover Price: $0.25
Times Read: 153                 Times Rated: 105
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Black Goliath
Black Goliath last appeared in Power Man #25. Black Goliath next appears in Black Goliath #2.
Supporting Characters
  Herbert Bell
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Herbert Bell in the mainstream continuity. Herbert Bell next appears in Black Goliath #2.
  Talia Kruma
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Talia Kruma in the mainstream continuity. Talia Kruma next appears in Black Goliath #2.
  Dale West
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Dale West in the mainstream continuity. Dale West next appears in Black Goliath #2.
Yellowjacket last appeared in Avengers #140 (v1). Yellowjacket next appears in Avengers #141 (v1).
  The Wasp
The Wasp last appeared in Avengers #140 (v1). The Wasp next appears in Avengers #141 (v1).
  Atom Smasher
First Appearance
This is the first appearance by Atom Smasher in the mainstream continuity. Atom Smasher next appears in Black Goliath #2.
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Issue Review
   January 1, 2014
By-the-numbers stuff. But the pace is fast, the hero likeable and the villain genuinely interesting. Not bad. 7/10
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  Redsvetz Says:    
  2012-11-15 06:35:40  
  This reads just like Power Man--it's another "Afro Clone" hero (ala Brother Voodoo). Not really much of interest here.  

  Calthor Says:    
  2013-02-08 15:43:42  
  Not only is Afro Clone incredibly unoriginal, we've also seen enough 'giants' throughout the Marvel years. Yawn!  

  Kez Says:    
  2013-07-28 06:49:45  
  Not bad. Quick intro then straight to the action!  

  Drax Says:    
  2013-10-15 16:08:31  
  I'm with Kez on this. While far from extraordinary, it was not bad and they didn't waste too much time explaining how he became Black Goliath. Plus, even Bill laughs at how obvious his moniker is.  

  TheAmazingGatorMan Says:    
  2015-07-23 20:31:23  
  I appreciate the attention to character development.  

  illcom94 Says:    
  2015-08-29 20:52:24  
  Not bad, but so far this is no Luke Cage.  

  duncanm Says:    
  2016-03-02 18:07:10  
  Before Power Girl brought had her famous boob window, here is Black Goliath with the ab window! Admittedly, he's pretty ripped for a scientist, but that's kind of a prerequisite for science in the Marvel U.
So far he's not doing too well though. The only two super-powered people he fought have kicked his ass.
That is one goofy looking baddie. I know that it is supposed to looking like electrons dancing around his head, but all I can think of is that he is a cartoon that just got hit in the noggin.

  jareth Says:    
  2016-08-04 14:33:20  
  This is a cut above the short-lived titles of the era, in terms of character development, supporting cast, and concept (ordinary guy with super powers bumbles his way through trying to be a hero).  

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-12 18:17:47  
  No, I liked this, even though this isn't in, say, Luke Cage's level of storytelling or character development. It's already done a lot better with a background and supporting cast than 3 years of Hank Pym's run back in Tales to Astonish! And the way Bill's being portrayed here has him showing a lot of heart. It makes you wonder, just a little bit, if Claire walked off with the wrong guy.

3 stars, in spite of a lackluster bad guy in look, name, and target. I'm having a little bit of a hard time caring about Atom-Smasher's interest in radium, but otherwise this is a pretty nice start to the series.

  grayrender @ illcom94 (original post):    
  2018-02-26 14:56:25  
  Yeah, that's true, but it's not a bad thing. It seems natural to compare this to Luke because they're both black, but that one thing is probably all they have in common (besides powers).  

  grayrender Says:    
  2018-02-26 15:08:09  
  Bill is not Luke. He is a very different cut of man, black or otherwise. Luke is an ex-con and a former small-time thug. His only education is from the street. Even his reason for heroing is primarily pecuniary. Bill, on the other hand, is a pensive guy. He is educate, he has more self doubts compared to Luke's swagger, and it's not hard to see why certain people might think Luke is more fun and accessible.

Bill laments that he could have turned out a thug. That would have been Luke's path.

Both are good stories to tell, but they are almost two sides of the same coin. A little more juxtaposition might have been fun.

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