full bodyBLACKOUT

Real Name: Marcus Daniels

Identity/Class: Human mutate, technology user;
    citizen of the United States with a criminal record

Occupation: Professional criminal;
    former research assistant

Group Membership:The Hood's army;
formerly Masters of Evil

Affiliations: Electro (Maxwell Dillon), Moonstone (Karla Sofen), Rhino

Enemies: Asgardians, Avengers (Black Knight/Dane Whitman, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Monica Rambeau, Dr. Druid, Hercules, Scarlet Witch, She-Hulk, Starfox, Thor, Vision, Wasp), Dr. Abner Croit, Dazzler (Alison Blaire), the Inhumans (Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Karnak, Lockjaw, Triton), Mockingbird, Nova (Rich Rider), Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: None

Place of Birth: Flushing, New York City

Base of Operations: Mobile, New York;
    formerly the Moon.

First Appearance: Nova I#19 (March, 1978)

Powers/Abilities: Daniels could access the Darkforce Dimension, tapping and manipulating its energy for different uses. Blackout could blast beams of Darkforce, an energy that he called "Black Light". The Darkforce beams could eliminate all the light and heat (near absolute zero) around an enemy, envelope and asphyxiate him, or hit him like solid steel. He could create solid objects of "Black Light" of geometric shape and various dimension: boxes, barriers, clouds, and dishes he used to fly standing on. The objects were unaffected by gravity and, without Blackout's mental control, faded after about 5 minutes. The consistence and resistance of the objects was very high, resistant to disintegrators, bullets, and bio-stingers. However Blackout's fatigue and insecurity could affect the Darkforce-constructs' resistance.
    By filling clouds with Darkforce, Blackout could also create a lightning storm.
    Blackout could also produce air in his constructs of Darkforce.
    Blackout could transform a human body in Black Light, melting the subject with a light beam. The subject remained alive, thinking and hearing, but only Daniels could recall them to their original form. Another explanation of this phenomenon could be that Blackout could transfer the subject into the Darkforce Dimension. In fact, by accessing the Darkforce Dimension, Blackout could teleport himself to other locations also at very long distances (380,000 Km, Earth-Moon distance), and entrap other beings in the Darkforce Dimension.

Weaknesses: Daniels was paranoid, thinking that everybody wanted to imprison or use him. Sometimes Daniels fell into a catatonic or a trance state.
    Daniels needed a special suit to contain the power of the Black Force emitted by his body. Despite the suit, his metabolism produced pulsations of Black Power that could allow Daniels to melt with a light beam . Daniels needed a Stabilyzer machine to eliminate the pulsations.

Height: 5'10" Weight: 180 lbs. Eyes: Grey Hair: Brown

head shotHistory: (Avengers I#238 (fb)) - Marcus Daniels was one of Dr. Croit's assistants. Daniels had various problems with the Law, but every time Croit "fixed" the things for him.

    Daniels did not understand much about the Croit experiments to capture energy from other dimensions. One day Daniels broke the energy-containing capsule and his body was filled by the Darkforce. His body became a surface of control of the Darkforce coming from the Dark Dimension.

head shot    Croit wanted to free Daniels from this power but Daniels escaped before Croit could cure him.

(Nova I#19 (fb) - BTS) - Daniels' mind could not understand what happened to him, so he convinced himself that his powers came from the "Black Stars" and that Croit had used it for his experiments. Daniels could not control his powers, his life was in serious danger.

(Nova I#19) - Daniels took the name of Blackout. Over a year after his escape, Blackout decided to steal the Stabilyzer machine in order to stabilize his power. While he was flying to Dr. Croit's lab, he met Nova. Blackout believed Nova had been sent by Croit and attacked him. The "Black Light" blasts stunned Nova enough to let Blackout imprison the hero in a floating cube of Darkforce.

(Fantastic Four I#405) - Blackout was called into the future by Zarrko, to fight for some seconds against the Invisible Woman, then he was sent back.

(Nova I#19) - Blackout arrived at Croit's lab at Hampstead. He smashed the barred window, then he built a bridge of black light to walk from a roof to the window. He lowered the temperature of the strongroom door to absolute zero, causing the door to explode. Dr. Croit and an assistant arrived and recognized Daniels. Blackout wrapped the two in black light with the intent to restore their forms only after he had told the world what Croit had done to him. Blackout destroyed the laboratory and stole the Stabilyzer machine.

    full bodyThat afternoon Daniels filled the clouds with Darkforce, creating a storm, to use the thunderbolts to power the Stabilyzer. But Nova arrived on the scene and attacked Blackout. Blackout retaliated. Nova managed to smash three solid "Black Light" panels but Blackout froze the air around him, enveloping him in ice. Falling on a building wall, Nova freed himself and in a final desperate attack had Blackout fall on the Stabilyzer, crushing it. The thunderbolts that powered the machine hit Blackout and his atoms dissipated, becoming part of the light waves.

(Avengers I#238 (fb) - BTS) - Daniels became part of the darkness for an unspecified lapse of time. This negatively affected his still precarious mental status.

(Avengers I#236 - BTS) - The Stabilyzer was brought to Project: PEGASUS.

full body(Avengers I#236) - Three scientists studied the Stabilyzer. An attack by the Lava Men on Project: PEGASUS produced an earthquake that changed the vibrational degree of the Stabilyzer. After some minutes, Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) passed near the machine, unwittingly activating the Stabilyzer. Blackout was freed from his dark limbo in a flash of light that knocked the three scientists out.

    Blackout, still convinced that the scientists wanted to keep him imprisoned, ran out of the laboratory wishing to destroy the complex. He walked near Moonstone's (Karla Sofen) cage. Moonstone convinced him to free her. Then the two also freed Electro and Rhino.

(Avengers I#237) - The villains discovered that the Avengers were in the Project. Rhino didn't trust Blackout, the two tangled for a while, then Electro separated them and Moonstone convinced them all to take revenge against the Project and to destroy it before escaping. The four villains broke into the computers section, sabotaging all the transport system then arrived to the nuclear research site. Blackout created a barrier of Darkforce around the nuclear generator. The Avengers arrived but could not pass over the dark barrier. A fight started. Blackout surrounded Captain Marvel with a sphere of Darkforce. He was hit by Starfox and flew after him in aerial combat. Captain Marvel destroyed the sphere he had encased her in, distracting Starfox. Blackout blasted the Titan, stunning him, then flew away.

    Moonstone escaped from the room and Blackout followed her, closing the door with another dark barrier. The Avengers had to fix the nuclear reactor, so the two villains fled from PEGASUS.

(Avengers I#238) - In the South Bronx, Moonstone drugged Blackout and psychoanalyzed him, having him tell his real origins.

    The Avengers found Blackout and Moonstone and broke into their refuge. Blackout created another "Black Light" dimensional barrier to slow their attack, but Scarlet Witch's power melted the barrier on the two villains, soiling them with dark matter. Moonstone convinced Blackout to expand the dark matter in order to swallow up and imprison the Avengers. Blackout started the process, but the Darkforce enveloped Moonstone and him, and the two disappeared in a shrinking dark glowing spot.

full body(Dazzler#32) - Blackout teleported Moonstone and himself to the dark side of the Moon. Moonstone wanted to search in the Blue Area of the Moon for more stones like those that empowered her. Blackout and Moonstone could survive in a cloud of Darkforce where Blackout supplied the needed air, but under an intense strain. They approached the Blue Area but discovered that it was inhabited. The inhabitants, the Inhumans, were scared by the giant black moving mass, where nothing could be seen outside nor inside.

    full bodyFor nine days Blackout slowly pushed the black cloud toward the citadel, then the Inhumans used the combined powers of Black Bolt and Dazzler to blast a light in the cloud and saw the two villains, but did not recognize them. Blackout's darkness faded but resisted, so he started a resistance fight between the Black Bolt-powered Dazzler's light and his Darkforce. Ultimately, Blackout was overpowered, and he fainted. Without Blackout's air supply, Moonstone also fainted and Quicksilver captured both of them.

(Dazzler#32 - BTS) - Lockjaw teleported Moonstone and Blackout to the Baxter Building and then to Project: PEGASUS.

(Marvel Super-Heroes III#12/3) - Blackout was seen in his cell at Project: PEGASUS.

(Avengers I#273 (fb) - BTS) - Project: PEGASUS ceased its research on superhuman beings. Blackout was transferred to a new facility, but Helmut Zemo had him freed by his agents to include him in his new Masters of Evil alongside Moonstone.

(Avengers I#273) - Blackout was mentally unstable. Karla Sofen had Daniels undergo some psycho-therapeutic treatments in order to gain his trust and also developed a device to condition him. She had Blackout demonstrate his power to Zemo: although Daniels was nearly catatonic, he opened a portal for the Darkforce Dimension and surrounded them with a Darkforce barrier. Later, Zemo had the Fixer build a cybernetic circuit for his mask, tuned on Daniels' brain waves, in order to give simple orders to Blackout and override Moonstone's psycho-conditioner. Zemo now completely controlled Blackout. Zemo had Daniels entrap Moonstone, maintaining his authority over the other Masters of Evil.

    Later, Blackout and the other Masters of Evil invaded and conquered the Avengers' Mansion.

(Avengers I#274) - Zemo had Blackout ambush Captain Marvel when she arrived at the Mansion. Blackout enveloped Captain Marvel in a field of Darkforce and sent her to the Darkforce Dimension. Afterwards, under Zemo's orders, Blackout created a huge Darkforce cube surrounding the Avengers' Mansion, locking Wasp out and imprisoning Hercules and Captain America inside.

(Avengers I#275) - On the roof, Moonstone encouraged Blackout to maintain the barrier, with the purpose to gain his trust.

The battle on the Avengers' Mansion roof(Avengers I#276-277) - Doctor Druid arrived on the scene and, touching the barrier around the Mansion, knew that it was coming from another world but also sensed that it was controlled by a human mind. Thanks to his telepathic powers, he contacted Blackout and convinced him to let the barrier fall. Dr. Druid levitated to the roof. At the same moment, Captain Marvel arrived there. Moonstone, afraid of Captain Marvel, pushed Blackout's body on the heroine and flew. Captain Marvel knocked down the nearly catatonic Blackout and followed Moonstone. Dr. Druid was stunned by a tranquilizer dart shot by Zemo. Zemo started to convince Blockout to banish the Avengers to the Darkforce Dimension. Although he was paralyzed, Dr. Druid's mind was fully functional and contacted Blackout revealing to him that Zemo was only using him. Blackout rebelled and opposed his will against Zemo's control. Druid warned Blackout that the mental effort was too much for him and told him to run away, but Blackout didn't want to be controlled anymore by anyone and resisted. The effort produced a cerebral hemorrhage in Blackout's brain, and he died.

    After the Avengers had defeated the criminals, Blackout's body was taken away by paramedics.

(Captain America I#427 (fb) - BTS) - Lou Dexter (Dead Ringer) obtained a piece of Blackout's tissue.

(Captain America I#427 - BTS) - Dead Ringer adopted the form of Blackout when he and Super-Patriot abducted Diamondback and Bernie Rosenthal.

(Thunderbolts II#100 (fb) - BTS) - The Commission on Superhuman Activities took custody of Blackout's corpse.

(New Thunderbolts#18) - Zemo used Blackout's brain-dead body to host the Smuggler, Atlas' younger brother, and use him as leverage against Atlas.

(Thunderbolts II#100) - Blackout/Smuggler joined Zemo, Fixer, Man-Killer, Blizzard, MACH-4 and Moonstone as they fought the Thunderbolts over the life of Photon (Genis-Vell). When Atlas learned that the Smuggler was inside of Blackout, he turned on the other Thunderbolts, and Zemo ultimately won, using the remains of Blackout to destroy Photon.

(Dark Reign: The Hood#1) - Blackout joined Hood's army and hung out at one of Hood's hideouts to party.

(New Avengers I#55) - Blackout attended a meeting at Hood's hideout where Jonas Harrow, in Hood's absence, became the group's new leader.

(New Avengers I#60) - A furious Hood returned to his army and killed Jonas Harrow for his betrayal. Hood chided the criminals for their panicked actions, and told them they now had to follow Osborn's orders. Osborn told them to hunt the unregistered heroes and bring them back, dead or alive.

(New Avengers I#61) - Blackout attended a meeting with the Hood's army in Hell's Kitchen. The Hood offered to enhance everyone's powers with Norn Stones.

(New Avengers I#63/Siege#3) - Blackout participated in the siege of Asgard and was taken down by Mockingbird.

Comments: Created by Marv Wolfman and Carmine Infantino.

    The Blackout's origins by Wolfman were more imaginative:
(Nova I#19 (fb)) - Daniels was an assistant of Dr. Croit. They studied the Black Stars and researched the way to harness their power. Daniels casually discovered that Croit cheated the authorities, but Croit accused Daniels to have stolen his formulae. Daniels understood that Croit had corrupted the judges and the attorney. Croit and the attorney proposed to Daniels to be the subject for an experiment, in exchange, Croit would have retired the imputations, and if Daniels had survived he would have been freed, instead of being imprisoned for 15 years. Daniels accepted.
    The day of the experiment, Croit confessed to Daniels that the experiment was unsafe then activated the lever and the Black Light reversed in Daniels body with great pain for him.
    For three days nobody could approach Daniels because of the tremendous Black energy radiating from his body.
    Croit gave Daniels a special suit and used a Stabilyzer machine to contain his power. Daniels, knowing that Croit wanted to use him again, learned to use the suit and escaped from the lab.

    Roger Stern recreated his origins, using the Darkforce Dimension as the source for his powers, discarding the "Black Stars".

Profile by Spidermay and Prime Eternal

Clarifications:

Blackout has no known connections to


head shotDr. Abner Croit

Dr. Croit was a normal human.

(Avengers I#238 (fb)) - He was a researcher of other forms of energy and studied the Darkforce, an energy coming from another dimension called the Dark Dimension. He had a research laboratory at Hampstead and some assistants helped him in his job. Also Marcus Daniels worked for him. Although Daniels had some problems with the law, Croit helped him, retiring the charges and let Daniels work for him.
    Croit didn't explain much of his knowledge to Daniels and one day Daniels had the accident that transformed him into a conduit for the Darkforce.

(Nova I#19 (fb)) - Croit wanted to free Daniels from this power and built a special suit and a Stabilyzer device to contain the "Black" power. But Daniels wanted the power, so he escaped before Croit could cure him.

(Nova I#19) - Many months after the accident, Blackout broke into Croit's lab to steal the Stabilyzer machine. Croit tried to convince him that he was able to cure Blackout, but Daniels refused, convinced that Croit had persecuted him and that he only wanted to use him for his experiments, so he melted Croit and one of his assistants with a light beam (or sent them into the Dark Dimension).

--Nova I#19 (Avengers I#238(fb), Nova I#19


Images:
Nova I#19, p3, pan2 (Blackout flying)
Nova I#19, p9, pan4 (Marcus Daniels, head shot)
Nova I#19, p8, pan6 (Blackout, head shot)
Nova I#19, p8, pan4 (Blackout transforms Croit)
Nova I#19, p9, pan1 (Blackout)
Dazzler#32, p11, pan4 (the giant cloud outside Attilan)
Dazzler#32, p21, pan4 (Blackout and Moonstone captured by the Inhumans)
Avengers I#277, Cover (Final battle on the Avenger's Mansion roof)
Nova I#19
, p9, pan4 (Croit, head shot)


Appearances:
Nova I#19 (March, 1978) - Marv Wolfman (writer/editor), Carmine Infantino (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks)
Avengers I#236 (October, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Joe Sinnot (inker), Gruenwald & Shooter (editors)
Avengers I#237 (November, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Joe Sinnot (inker), Gruenwald & Shooter (editors)
Avengers I#238 (December, 1983) - Roger Stern (writer), Al Milgrom (penciler), Joe Sinnot (inker),
Gruenwald & Shooter (editors)
Dazzler I#32 (June, 1984) - Mike Carlin/Jim Shooter (writer/co-plotter), Mark Bright (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker), Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#273 (November, 1986) - Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald/Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#274 (December, 1986)
- Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald/Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#275 (January, 1987)
- Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald/Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#276 (February, 1987)
- Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald/Jim Shooter (editor)
Avengers I#277 (March, 1987)
- Roger Stern (writer), John Buscema (penciler), Tom Palmer (inker), Mark Gruenwald/Jim Shooter (editor)
Marvel Super-Heroes III#12 (January, 1993) - Cordwaindder Fury, Kurt Busiek (writers), Dave Simons (penciler), Ralph Cabrera (inker), Rob Tokar (editor)
Captain America I#427 (May, 1994) - Mark Gruenwald (writer), Dave Hoover (penciler), Danny Bulanadi (inker), Mike Rockwitz (editor)
Fantastic Four I#405 (October, 1995) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Paul Ryan (penciler), Dan Bulanadi (inker), Nel Yomtov/Mark Gruenwald (editor)
New Thunderbolts#17 (April, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Thunderbolts II#100 (May, 2006) - Fabian Nicieza (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Gary Erskine (inker), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Dark Reign: The Hood#1 (July, 2009) - Jeff Parker (writer), Kyle Hotz (artist), Bill Rosemann (editor)
New Avengers I#55 (September, 2009) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#60 (February, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen (pencils), Wade Von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#61 (March, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Stuart Immonen & Daniel Acuna (pencils), Wade von Grawbadger (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
New Avengers I#63 (May, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Mike McKone (artist), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Siege#3 (May, 2010) - Brian Michael Bendis (writer), Olivier Coipel (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)


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