Real Name: Dale West
Identity/Class: Human technology user
Occupation: Engineer, architect, designer
Group Membership: Whiz Kids
Affiliations: Bill Foster, Tony Stark, the Thing (Ben Grimm)
Enemies: Atom Smasher (Ronald English), Atom Smasher (Michael English), Hijacker, Vulcan and his henchmen
Known Relatives: None
Base of Operations: Los Angeles, USA
First Appearance: Black Goliath#1 (February, 1976)
Powers/Abilities: West was a normal human and a skilled mathematician. Wearing the personal force-field jacket he temporarily acquired some super-powers: A strength level higher than normal, and a force field invulnerable to projectiles. For major details see the personal force-field jacket sub-profile.
(Black Goliath#2 (fb) - BTS) - Dale West was friend of Bill Foster. West was a genius in Theoretical Mathematic and found different jobs but was always dismissed.
(Black Goliath#1 (fb) - BTS) - Herbert Bell, Talia Kruma and
Dale West were employed by Bill Foster to work for Stark International West .
One of the projects built was a personal force-field which had been to be worn by the Police Forces.
The three scientists worked hard on the project. During the tests, West caused some little accidents, getting on Talia Kruma's nerves, but West liked Talia.
(Black Goliath#1) - Bill Foster attended to a demonstration performed by West about the first prototype of force-field jacket. Bell and Kruma demonstrated that the force-field was still unstable.
(Black Goliath#2) - Bill Foster asked his three assistants to create a sensor to track the radiations emitted by Atom Smasher (Ronald English). Talia was distracted, still thinking about her ex-lover. Foster? urged on Kruma, and the three scientists succeeded in building the device for Foster.
(Black Goliath#3) - Playing, Dale West kissed Talia but she slapped him and went away. Some moments later the Resarch Centre was attacked by Vulcan and his henchmen. West wore the force-field and tried to distract the masked robbers, while Bell managed to call the Police. West stopped the criminals but an energy blast by Vulcan overloaded the force-field device. It started to crush West but Bill Foster managed to save the scientist. The criminals stole the box containing the Null-Life Bomb from the Laboratory but Black Goliath stopped them.
(Black Goliath#4 (fb)) - The three scientists were surprised to hear Foster's plan of abandoning the Centre after a squabble with Tony Stark about the box stealing.
(Marvel Two-in-One#24) - Foster and his assistants created a space suit for the exploration of the surface of Venus. During the test, Hijacker attacked the Centre to steal Stark's prototypes and projects. The criminal gassed the scientists, but was stopped and captured by Thing and Black Goliath.
(Marvel Two-in-One#85) - At Stark West, the Whiz Kids received
the visit of Bill Foster and Ben Grimm.
Shortly later the Atom Smasher (Michael English) and his men looted the Stark West warehouse, Ben Grimm tried to stop them but the criminal stunned him. The scientists helped Grimm. After examining the list of the stolen components, the Whiz Kids guessed that Atom Smasher wanted to build a bomb.
Spider Woman later donated her blood to cure Bill Foster from his radiation poisoning. The Whiz Kids visited Foster to the hospital, hoping that the scientist would come back to Stark-West.
(Marvel Super-Heroes III#11/2) - Dale heard on the radio about a gold thief walking on air and immediately informed Bill Foster about it. Foster knew who it was and left to stop Arlo Samuelson) as Goliath.
Comments: Created by Tony Isabella (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks).
Thanks to Jeremy Johnston for pointing out the missed appearence in Marvel Super-Heroes. BTW everyone at the Appendix was pretty sure it has been in the profile before, but a gnome seemed to have deleted it.
Profile by Spidermay.
Dale West has no known connections to any other "West" character or with a similar name.
Black Goliath#3, p9, pan6 (full body)
Black Goliath#1, p11, pan4 (head shot)
Black Goliath#1 (February, 1976) - Tony Isabella (writer), George Tuska (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks), Marv Wolfman (editor)
Black Goliath#2 (April, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Black Goliath#3 (June, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), George Tuska (penciler), Vince Colletta (inker)
Black Goliath#4 (August, 1976) - Chris Claremont (writer), Rick Buckler/Don Heck (artists)
Marvel Two-in-One#24 (February, 1977) - Bill Mantlo/Jim Shooter (story), Sal Buscema (pencils), Pablo Marcos (inks)
Marvel Two-in-One#85 (March, 1982) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Wilson (pencils), Chic Stone (inks), Jim Salicrup (editor)
Marvel Super-Heroes III#11 (October, 1992) - Dwayne McDuffie (script), Jim Shooter (plot), Bob Budiansky, Don Hudson (pencils), Manny Manos, Chris Ivy (inks)
Last updated: 09/04/10
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