Jefferson Pierce (New Earth)

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Mainstream Universe‎‎, 1950s-2011‎

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Real Name

Jefferson Michael Pierce

Main Alias

Black Lightning


Alvin Pierce (father, deceased), Leona Pierce (mother, deceased), Lynn Stewart (ex-wife), Anissa Pierce (daughter), Jennifer Pierce (daughter), Connie Pierce (sister), Alvin Pierce (nephew), Joanna Tanner (niece, deceased), Pierce Family


Outsiders · Justice League · Formerly Justice Society International

Base Of Operations

Chicago, Illinois · Suicide Slum, Metropolis · New Carthage · Gotham City · Brick City · JLA Watchtower





Secret Identity



Marital Status



High school teacher · former athlete







Brown · [ 1 ]


Black · [ 1 ] · Bald · (Sometimes shaves his head bald)



Earth-One · New Earth


Tony Isabella · Trevor von Eeden

First Appearance
Black Lightning #1
(April, 1977)
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Black Lightning is an inner-city vigilante with brawny bioelectric powers. Jefferson Pierce is a school teacher and chief, and in both identities he fights the influence of gangs like the 100 in Suicide Slum, Cleveland and Brick City.

early on life sentence

Jefferson Pierce grew up in Suicide Slum, a fail part of Metropolis which got its name from the theme that people only escaped the degradation of the slum by killing themselves. His church father was by chance shoot during a gang hit, and times were quite rugged for Jeff and his widow mother. A calendar month or so subsequently, italian tailor Peter Gambi opened a workshop beneath their apartment and helped them through their fiscal difficulties. Peter was there to care for Jeff while his mother worked long hours to support them. Over time, Gambi began to fulfill Jeff ‘s want for a plus church father digit in his life. Growing up, Jeff pushed himself in athletics and in his studies, with an aptitude for English and poetry. He even penned a few lines which stuck in Peter ‘s memory : “ Justice, like lightning, should ever appear to some men hope, to other men fear ”. At the old age of 18, Jeff managed to make it to the Olympic Games, gaining fame from the media profiles which highlighted his resurrect from Suicide Slum. Jeff wanted to send a message to everyone rear home that you could get out of the region with hard work. Having won medals and attention, Jeff received scholarships and sanction offers which allowed him to go to college and receive both an english major and a teach degree. Four years after he left for college, he again went to the Olympics and this fourth dimension won the decathlon. The gold decoration winner then began a teaching job upstate in New Carthage but returned to Metropolis for his mother ‘s funeral. In his prison term away, Jeff had married Lynn Stewart. He and Lynn were in concert for a short-change time but bore a daughter, Anissa. Jeff considered his future career as Black Lightning a necessity sacrifice to help provide for Anissa the exemption to live a convention ( i, non-metahuman ) life. But at the old age of football team, the girl besides manifested metahuman powers. She discovered that she was able to alter her density and weight unit at will. Regardless, Anissa conceded to her parents ‘ wishes and pursued a pre-med academic degree rather of costume venture. Jeff was sol protective of his daughter that he never mentioned her to anyone. When Jeff and Lynn divorced, Anissa went to live with her mother. Lynn was disappointed with Jeff for not being the community militant that she was. He entirely seemed to care about getting himself out of the ghetto .


Upon his return to Metropolis, he noticed that nothing had changed in Suicide Slum. Pierce decided it was time to make a dispute and, indeed, back at his old alma mater Garfield High School, he quickly made an impression when he kicked a drug pusher off the premises and followed suit by humiliating three members of the criminal organization known as the 100. In retaliation, the gunmen killed Earl Clifford, one of Pierce ‘s students, and left his cadaver in the GHS secondary school. A distraught Pierce related the tragedy to Peter Gambi, who urged him to fight back in a persona that would n’t invite counter-attacks on his students and presented him with a costume. Equipped with a force-field belt that enabled him to generate light bolts, Black Lightning was born. While in costume, Pierce played to the era ‘s stereotyped perception of blacks by affecting a jive-talking speech pattern and wearing a mask/wig combination that gave him a big Afro, simple devices that deflected suspicion from a knowing school-teacher. Black Lightning carved out a niche in Metropolis, ultimately gaining the reliance of high-profile figures like Superman, Inspector Bill Henderson and reporter Jimmy Olsen. Along the way, he defeated several super-powered underlings of the 100, from Merlyn to the Cyclotronic man to Syonide, equally well as the gang ‘s elephantine albino leader, Tobias Whale. There would be retaliation for Black Lightning ‘s actions but not against Jeff Pierce ‘s students. rather, it was Peter Gambi who paid the price, leaping in front of a gun-blast mean for Black Lightning. Stripped of his force-field belt, the hero seemed destined for a like destine but, in his fury, Black Lightning generated its effects from within his own consistency. In some unknown manner, he ‘d internalized the electrical baron. The confrontation with the 100 had besides exposed Peter ‘s darkest secret. The support and love that he ‘d showered on Jeff and Mrs. Pierce had been a kind of repentance : he had been the man who ‘d killed Jeff ‘s father. During this prison term, Jeff ‘s ex-wife Lynn was hired as a teacher at Garfield High and finally figured out that Jeff was Black Lightning. Lightning adjacent met a man who would become one of his biggest allies in crime-fighting : Batman. together, they investigated a series of scholar abductions ( which included Dick Grayson ) and met Superman and Black Canary before the case had closed. This led him to meet park Arrow arsenic well ; these two acknowledged a akin emotional state. It seemed that Black Lightning was ready to hit the big leagues. After meeting fleeceable Arrow, his newfangled supporter nominated Pierce for membership in the Justice League, but Lightning rejected the honor. [ 2 ] The JLA respected his decision and B.L. soon teamed up with Superman to solve the murder of a daughter named Trina Shelton, who was shot and killed by a stray bullet during an affray between Lightning and some muggers. [ 3 ] As a solution, Pierce lost his internalize powers due to a psychological block .


Batman kept Pierce in mind when he besides grew frustrated with the Justice League. Hoping to rescue his supporter Lucius Fox from war-torn Markovia, the Dark Knight recruited Jeff to infiltrate the state, posing as Fox ‘s brother. inevitably, he was forced to become Black Lightning and ended up being captured alongside Batman. [ 4 ] While prisoners of Baron Bedlam, Batman managed to help Black Lightning recover his electric powers and they escaped from prison. Lightning and Batman joined the war in Markovia to defeat Bedlam and after a successful deputation, he became a extremity of the Outsiders. [ 5 ] As separate of the team, Black Lightning was finally challenged by the Masters of Disaster, who were hired to kill him and Black Lightning surrendered to prevent them from killing innocents. [ 6 ] The Outsiders rescued Black Lightning, and he learned that the fathers of Trina Sheldon had hired the villains to kill him. At the end of the matter, the mother of Trina forgave him. [ 7 ] Later on, Black Lightning protected Suicide Slum against the Ghetto-Blaster. [ 8 ] The next four years saw a new assurance envelop Black Lightning, as he forged raw friendships with the Outsiders, found a education post at Gotham City ‘s Edison High, gained a moment of closure in Trina Shelton ‘s death after a confrontation with her parents, revisited the Olympics and even had an amicable reunion with Lynn Stewart, immediately the president of a public relations firm. After respective years the Outsiders disband and Jeff settled into a teaching job in so far another city. His powers went berserk upon the detonation of the Dominator ‘s Gene Bomb [ 9 ] and Jeff could nobelium longer deny that the might was depart of him. [ 10 ] Reflecting on his new-found goals, he explained that he ‘d moved to the alleged Brick City, a neighborhood in his father ‘s hometown. The ongoing menace of a crowd known as the Royal Family figured into a school shooting that left Jeff critically wounded and one of his best friends, teacher Walter Kasko, dead. During Jeff ‘s physical and emotional recovery, he reflected on his career as Black Lightning and the deaths of so many along the way. [ 11 ] Despite the Outsiders ‘ falling out with Batman, Jeff renewed his ties with him to help clear him of charges that he was a serial killer whale. [ 12 ] After the Outsiders, Black Lightning kept a low profile, but continued to appear occasionally alongside his friends and allies. When seven “ heavy hitters ” reformed the Justice League, [ 13 ] Black Lightning became a reserve member. His efforts during the Maggedon crisis, in particular, were critical as he taxed his abilities like never before, attempting “ to tap the electrical field of the satellite ”. [ 14 ]

Cabinet Member

When Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States, Pierce chose to retire temporarily as Black Lightning and accepted an appointee as Secretary of Education [ 15 ]. This surprised many of his former allies but in truth, Pierce saw this as an opportunity to keep tab on Luthor. In the meanwhile, his now-22-year-old daughter, Anissa graduated in pre-med at the medical school. She had done this alone to satisfy her parents and the very next day, she set out to fight crime, much to the disfavor of her forefather who had constantly pursued his own adventures so that his daughter would not have to. She drew the care of the former Titans extremity Arsenal, who after the death of the Titans sought to assemble a new team of Outsiders. She accepted his volunteer, reasoning that her father might feel good about her crime-fighting if she was in the caller of others. Black Lightning came out of retirement to help the Outsiders struggle Sabbac. Following this battle, he begged Anissa to give up adventuring, but to no avail. If anything, she was inspired by her church father ‘s heroics. When Jefferson returned to the White House, Luthor ‘s successor, President Pete Ross asked for Pierce ‘s resignation as Secretary of Education because the government feared the political implications of having a known super-hero on staff. Jeff complied.

Black Lightning ‘s following class would be one of his most disruptive. He began by reuniting with his Outsiders friend, Metamorpho to clean up an old Outsiders lawsuit involving the “ human fail “ called Fuse. Katana besides joined them on this case. His affiliation with fleeceable Arrow would be his most pivotal. First, his niece, Joanna, was killed after becoming a lawyer in one of Arrow ‘s cases. At the termination of this, Black Lightning was responsible for the death of Joanna ‘s killer, Martin Somers—or so he believed. In truth, Deathstroke had seen the whole incident and made the killing blow himself, but he allowed Lightning to believe he ‘d caused the death. Jeff blamed Ollie in region for Joanna ‘s death ( the two of them had been cozy ) but they were soon forced into action in concert again when attacked by Dr. Light. Light was acting in retaliation to the Justice League ‘s erasing his memories years ahead. Jefferson then revealed to Ollie that the Department of Defense had evidence of the JLA ‘s substance abuse of beware wipe villains ( which he discovered while serving on Luthor ‘s cabinet ). Dr. Light managed to surprise the heroes and critically injure Green Arrow ‘s youthful protege, Mia. Jeff was forced to attempt to jump start her heart with his powers. Though Mia was saved, Oliver ‘s home, Star City was not. Dr. Light detonated turkey that took out an entire city block. The ensuing chaos ultimately led to Queen ‘s election to the agency of Mayor of Star City .
Black Lightning was one of the eight people Batman had considered to aid him in destroying the Brother Eye satellite, which controlled the OMACs. Booster Gold, who was not on the list of eight, but knew about the candidates from his cognition of the future, contacted Lightning before Batman did, as historical datum from the future had shown who had aided Batman, and Lightning accepted, arriving at the Batcave to await orders. He then forged an awkward so far effective alliance with Mister Terrific, combining their powers of electrical manipulation and invisibility to engineering to strike the nefarious AI from the inwardly. After the third base Secret Society of Super-Villains was formed, Black Lightning began using his status as Luthor ‘s Secretary of Education to gain information from extremely villains .


Following this and the sacrifice of the Superman of Earth-Two and others in the “ Crisis, ” Jefferson Pierce turned himself in for killing Martin Somers. His friends and class tried unsuccessfully to dissuade him, but he turned himself over to Checkmate, who put him in Iron Heights Prison under the identity of “ Derek Cooper. ” interim, Nightwing was approached by the Red Hood, who had evidence to acquit Black Lightning. The Hood had eavesdropped on a conversation between Luthor ( who was in truth Alexander Luthor, Jr. in disguise ) and Deathstroke, who admitted that he ‘d killed Somers barely as Pierce ‘s lightning fall besides. Jeff ‘s daughter Anissa hurried to bring her forefather the good news, but Pierce would n’t believe it, and remained in prison. Anissa implored the Outsiders to free her father from prison, which they initially refused. It was n’t long earlier other inmates discovered the truth about “ Cooper ” and put a score on Black Lightning. The crowd leader called Skeet charged the young Captain Boomerang to kill him “ Cooper. ” The Outsiders learned of this plot and last agreed to get him out. pierce was besides finally convinced that he was innocent of his “ charges, ” and realized the risk of being in Iron Heights. Boomerang had become his cell mate, but young Owen Mercer was not his father ‘s son—he could not bring himself to kill Pierce and became his ally rather. just as they plotted to escape, Nightwing sent the Outsiders into the prison. Things promptly got out of hand and Warden Wolfe responded by using his metahuman muscle-control powers to bring the prisoners under dominance. In his anger, his powers caused extreme pain and the Outsider called Shift conjures a boast to counteract the effects. Wolfe responded by increasing his control and killed dozens of guards and prisoners. Shift protected the Outsiders, Jeff and Boomerang from the effect. In this pivotal moment, the Outsiders decided to use this as a ploy to fake their deaths. They sent off a bait craft which was destroyed. Jeff resumed his liveliness while the global believed that Thunder and the others had died .

Justice League of America

Black Lightning renewed his career as a costume adventurer and finally met up with Hawkgirl on a case in St. Roch, Louisiana. He followed a trail from Metropolis about the recent super-villain activeness involving the android body of the Red Tornado. Lightning and Hawkgirl brought one of the villains, Trident, to the Batcave, to show Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman tell that the Star Conqueror had returned. He aided these heroes in saving the Red Tornado from exploitation by Professor Ivo and Solomon Grundy. All the heroes participating in this case agreed to form a new Justice League, of which Black Lightning was a establish member. ironically, it was Lightning who was sent to invite Batman to formally join the group. He appears to be chiefly based in Washington DC again, and was the first penis of the League to respond to the holocene attacks made by the Amazons of Themyscira, and even managed to save the President of the United States. Black Lightning learned of Thunder ‘s accident that left her in coma and he rushed to Gotham to check on his daughter. [ 16 ]

concluding crisis

Main article: Final Crisis Jefferson is seen trying to deliver papers to those survivors inactive in want of world information, as all the electronic forms of communication have been taken over by Darkseid ‘s Anti-life equation message system. In doing so he runs into Tattooed Man and his family and helps them escape Darkseid ‘s Justifiers. Eventually Jefferson is captured and forced to become a Justifier himself, but not before setting Tattooed Man on a mission to the Hall of Justice to deliver a message to Green Arrow and carry “ The Circuit ”. As function of the Justifiers, Pierce joined Green Arrow and travelled to the Justice League Watchtower, where they tried to convert Black Canary and Tattooed Man into Justifiers, without success. [ 17 ]



  • Athletics: Olympic-level decathlete. Excelling as a runner, sprinter, swimmer and track and fielder.[18]
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced): Under Batman’s tutelage, Black Lightning has become a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant.[18]
  • Pedagogy: Jefferson Pierce is a highly educated and skilled teacher and school principal.


  • Electric Power Belt (Formerly): Jefferson had to access his powers through a belt; he has since internalized these powers.[18]
    • Superhuman Strength[18]

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC’s Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character’s Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.
  • According to his bio, Jefferson took part in the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and since Jefferson was 18 when he did this, that would place Jefferson’s birth year in 1957 or 1958.


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