Occupation: Houngan (voodoo priest)
Legal Status: Citizen of the United States with no criminal
Other Aliases: None known
Place of Birth: Unrevealed
Marital Status: Unrevealed
Known Relatives: None
Group Affiliation: Ally of the Grim Reaper
Base of Operations: New Orleans area
First Appearance: (original) STRANGE TALES #173, (new)
Final Appearance: TALES OF THE ZOMBIE #6
History: The first known Black Talon was
millionaire Desmond Drew, who secretly led a voodoo cult
that dealt in human sacrifice. As the Black Talon, Drew
wore the garb of the Black Rooster, which symbolized "he
who dwells in the fiery pit," and he claimed to be
a "living loa," a voodoo god in human form.
In actuality Drew was a mere human being whose
supernatural feats were the work of his mother, the blind
houngan Mama Limbo. The Talon had his cultists kidnap
young female virgins to serve supposedly as human sacrifices
to the loa. However, the Talon was really carrying out
the plan of his mother, who believed she had learned a
means of restoring her youth, beauty, and sight by bathing
in the blood of four virgins. Learning that Drew was an
imposter, the cultists beat the Black Talon to death.
Afterwards, a Creole whose true name is unknown
but who possesses actual voodoo powers, took on the name
and costume of the Black Talon and gathered his own group
of cultists. The new Black Talon was contacted by the
Grim Reaper, who wished to see his supposedly dead brother
Wonder Man resurrected as a zombie. When the Black Talon
accomplished the task, the Reaper sent his brother's body
to Avengers Mansion where he hoped the zombie might wreak
havoc. The Avengers subdued the zombie and then tracked
down and defeated the Black Talon.
Some time later, the Grim Reaper enlisted the
Black Talon in a new scheme to restore his brother to
a closer semblance of what he had been. He assigned the
Talon the task of creating a zombie who physically resembled
his brother before becoming Wonder Man. The West Coast
Avengers, the Vision, and the Scarlet Witch thwarted the
The Black Talon escaped, however, and remains
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 240 lbs.
Strength Level: Black Talon possesses the
normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and
build who engages in regular exercise.
Known Superhuman Powers: The Black Talon
is a true houngan, or voodoo priest, with actual supernatural
abilities. Voodoo is a religion that originated in Haiti.
The Black Talon's principal power is his ability
to create and control zombies. A zombie is a human corpse
whose spirit has entirely left its body, but which has nevertheless
been given a semblance of life and consciousness by voodoo
magic. Zombies have minimal reasoning capabilities, superhuman
strength, and immunity to most forms of pain. The Black
Talon must perform a voodoo ritual in order to reanimate
corpses as zombies. The Talon can give his zombies commands
verbally or, when they are in his presence, by telepathy.
However, the Talon cannot mentally communicate with his
zombies when they are beyond his immediate vicinity.