Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Who's Who: Black Mace

Black Mace
by Russell & Siskoid

Real Name: Mitch Yardreigh
Super-Power(s): Great strength and agility; shattering mace
Planet of Origin: Earth
Relationship to Legion: Villain; member of Taurus Gang

Legion Log
Black Mace named himself after his energy-charged weapon. After he began building up his reputation as a mercenary and enforcer, he was hired to steal secret industrial data from R.J. Brande. This brought him into conflict with Princess Projectra, Karate Kid, and Ferro Lad, and ended with his imprisonment.

Several years later, when mob leader Zoltorus was putting together a super-powered gang to help control crime in Metropolis, he looked to Black Mace to help organize it. It was as a member of the Taurus Gang that Black Mace once again faced the Legion. This time, he and his teammates were able to teleport away before they were captured.

Several months later, however, Timber Wolf came across Black Mace, stranded on a lonely asteroid. After a fierce hand-to-hand battle, the Legionnaire captured the felon and returned him to prison.

Black Mace did not appear after the so-called Five-Year Gap, nor during the Reboot or Threeboot. Presumably, after Infinite Crisis, Black Mace's original history was more or less restored. Most recently, he came into conflict with Legion Academy cadets, then was recruited by Saturn Queen to be a member of her new Legion of Super-Villains.

During the so-called Final Crisis, Black Mace was also a member of Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains.

Defining Villainous Moment: 

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #31
Black Mace inflicts injury to Princess Projectra. 

Important Black Mace Stories:

Adventure Comics (v1) #374
(reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 8
and Showcase Presents The Legion Vol. 4)
Black Mace makes his debut as a member of the Taurus Gang

Superboy/Legion of Super-Heroes #213
 (reprinted in Legion of Super-Heroes Archives Vol. 12
and Showcase Presents The Legion Vol. 5)
Timber Wolf faces Black Mace alone

Legion of Super-Heroes (v3) #31
Black Mace can't stand up to Princess Projectra and the Legion

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #2
Black Mace joins Superboy-Prime's Legion of Super-Villains

Adventure Comics #524
Legion Academy cadets face and defeat Black Mace

Legion of Super-Heroes (v6) #15
Black Mace is a member of Saturn Queen's Legion of Super-Villains

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