BLACK SPECTRE

Membership: Black Widow (Natasha Romanova), Mandrill, Nekra, numerous others

Purpose: At Mandrill's command, to instill chaos in the world and then to rule it

Affiliations: Silver Samurai

Enemies: Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, Shanna the She-Devil, Thing

Base of Operations: An orbiting zeppelin

First Appearance: Daredevil I#109 (May, 1974)

 

 

 

 

 

History:

(Daredevil I#109 (fb) - BTS) - Mandrill organized his female followers into an organization called Black Spectre, having them disguise themselves with bulky armor to hide their gender. They plotted to confuse the country through terrorism and racism, and then to step in and rule the country after chaos ensued.

(Daredevil I#108 (fb) - BTS) - Black Spectre plotted to steal government printing plates and exacerbated gang wars. When Foggy Nelson got to close to the truth, Mandrill had Nelson shot.

(Daredevil I#108 - BTS) - Using a gas grenade, agents of Black Spectre stole printing plates during a battle between Daredevil and Beetle.

(Daredevil I#109 (fb) - BTS) - Over the following months he saw Black Spectre involved in a race riot at the Statue of Liberty, placing a Swastika on the Washington monument, draping Independence Hall in black, and adding Adolf Hitler's face to Mt. Rushmore.

(Daredevil I#109) - Black Spectre organized a riot over money counterfeited from the stolen plates on Wall Street, while Nekra captured Black Widow and returned her to Mandrill. Beetle and Daredevil disrupted Black Spectre's agents and sent them fleeing.

(Marvel Two-In-One#3) - Black Spectre infiltrated an American play and mechanically hypnotized two of the actors, dressed as Hitler and Captain America, to kill each other. Daredevil pursued a Black Spectre agent and was lead back to their zeppelin headquarters, joined by the Fantastic Four's Thing. Nekra, Black Widow, and other Black Spectre members fought the men until Mandrill mechanically hypnotized them as well. The men were tossed free from the ship.

(Daredevil I#110) - Daredevil battled two Black Spectre representatives who'd pursued him, and they were apprehended and imprisoned, but they were killed via an auto-destruct triggered by Mandrill to avoid exposure. Mandrill learned Daredevil's true identity from Black Widow. Mandrill, in black armor, took a shuttle from the zeppelin to Murdock's apartment. He revealed himself to Daredevil and explained his origins. He briefly battled Daredevil before the police arrived and Mandrill fled.

(Daredevil I#111) - Silver Samurai, Nekra, and Black Spectre kidnapped Shanna, and Mandrill told Samurai that his debt would soon be paid off. Mandrill planned to dissect Shanna's brain, to decipher how she resisted his pheromones. Silver Samurai and Black Spectre then attacked the Empire State Building in a large scale plot to jam all of America's communication lines. 

(Daredevil I#112) - With the country's communications scrambled, Black Spectre prepared to make its final moves. Mandrill and Nekra captured Daredevil and set his body near Shanna's, planning to dissect him as well. Mandrill threatened the Avengers and Fantastic Four to not attack him, claiming he'd set of an atomic bomb if they did so. With Black Spectre and aboard the zeppelin, Mandrill placed a large idol of himself in front of the White House, then entered the building, sitting in the president's chair when Daredevil attacked him. Mandrill and Daredevil battled on the roof until the zeppelin exploded and Daredevil knocked Mandrill to the ground, briefly thinking him dead, but Mandrill managed to escape.

Comments: Created by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, and Frank Chiaramonte.

Profile by Chadman.

CLARIFICATIONS:
Black Spectre has no known connections to


images: (without ads)
Daredevil I#110, cover (main)
                                p3, pan5 (solo agent)


Appearances:
Defenders I#109 (May, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Bob Brown (pencils), Don Heck (inks), Roy Thomas (editor)
Marvel Two-In-One#3 (May, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Sal Buscema (penciler), Joe Sinnott (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)
Daredevil I#110-112 (June-August, 1974) - Steve Gerber (writer), Gene Colan (penciler), Frank Chiaramonte (inker), Roy Thomas (editor)


Last updated: 03/20/07.

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