Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Black Canary

Black Canary is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. Created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Carmine Infantino, the character first appeared in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947).

Black Canary is noted for her "Canary Cry" – a high powered, ultrasonic scream with the ability to shatter objects and incapacitate villains. However, depending on the era, the Canary obtained the talent in a different manner. Black Canary's regular occupation is that of a self-employed florist, and is best known for her trademark fishnet stockings.

Black Canary is among the first generation of superheroes and a founding member of its all-star group the Justice Society of America.

The 1986 maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths reset the history of the DC Universe and split the character into two entities: Dinah Drake Lance, who took part in Golden Age adventures and married Gotham City detective Larry Lance, and their daughter Dinah Laurel Lance, who appeared in the modern stories.

Dinah Laurel Lance grew up idolizing her mother's superhero friends and (initially against mother's wishes) took up her mother’s crime-fighting mantle at age 19. She joins the Justice League soon after its formation. Dinah Laurel conducts espionage, counter-terrorism, and rescue missions with a group of female vigilantes, and is also a longtime partner/romantic interest of Green Arrow Oliver Queen.

Dinah Lance appears briefly in the television adaptations of Birds of Prey, and the Black Canary appears in a number of episodes of Justice League.

The combination of the Black Canary's courage, fearlessness, and fighting prowess, with her sex appeal (accentuated by the fishnet stockings), has resulted in her also being referred to as "The Blonde Bombshell".

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