The Black Hood

The Black Hood


caption = The Black Hood, art by Al Camy.
character_name = The Black Hood
publisher =MLJ Comics
debut ="Top Notch Comics #9" (October 1940)
creators =Harry Shorten
alter_ego = *
full_name = Mathew Burland
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The Black Hood was originally a golden age character created by MLJ Comics, later known as Archie Comics. The Black Hood first appeared in "Top Notch Comics #9", October 1940 and became one of MLJ's most popular characters. He also had his own title, "Black Hood Comics", a pulp magazine, and his own radio show.


"The Black Hood" focused on the adventures of a series of vigilante characters with the same name throughout history. Each Black Hood character would somehow come in possession of a black hood and when the character wore the hood, he or she was given heightened awareness, and increased strength, speed, and agility. The hood caused each of its wearers to become a vigilante and fight injustice. An interesting feature of the hood was what appeared to be a curse. After a certain period of time, each wearer of the black hood would meet an untimely death. After the death of the Black Hood, the hood would find its way into the hands of another individual with the potential to become the next Black Hood.

The titular black hood was originally an executioner's mask. As a witch was being executed for the crime of witchcraft, she cursed not the executioner, but his hood. From that point on, whoever wore the hood would be compelled to "do only good".

The Black Hood

In his first incarnation, the Black Hood was a costumed man of mystery who had been trained by a hermit to fight. He possessed no superpowers, but came from a family of crime fighters. His real name was Matthew Kipling "Kip" Burland, an ex-cop who had been framed for grand larceny by a villain known as The Skull. ["Top Notch Comics #9", Oct 1940, MLJ Comics] Burland eventually cleared his name, but continued to wear the costume. The Black Hood is not the only man of mystery whose secret identity is a police officer. Other superheroes who were also cops included Charlton's Blue Beetle and DC's Guardian.

The Black Hood enjoyed popularity for a while until he dropped from the covers and was gradually replaced by funny animal characters, as the popularity of the superhero genre faded in the late 1940s.

Black Hood II

During the 1960s the Black Hood returned as a founding member of The Mighty Crusaders published by Archie Comics. [ [ Mighty Crusaders] ] Revived again in the 1980s under Archie's Red Circle Comics line, the Black Hood's second incarnation was the nephew of the first. Thomas "Kip" Burland was given the secret identity by the "first" Black Hood, who recanted that the family had in fact used the pseudonym throughout history. [ [ "Mighty": "Black Hood III (II)"] . Accessed July 1, 2008]

Impact Revival

DC Comics revived the character briefly in its Impact Comics imprint. "The Black Hood" ran for a total of 12 issues, including one annual.

During the Impact Comics series, there were three major Black Hoods featured: a bitter vigilante who was featured in the other Impact Comics titles and killed in the first issue of "The Black Hood"; a high school student who reluctantly took the hood and later abandoned it; and a former mobster, the same mobster who killed the first Black Hood. Numerous other Black Hoods from various time periods were featured in stories from the comics annuals, such as a female Black Hood who lived in medieval France patterned after Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc) and a western Hood whose adventures served as an inspiration for the fictional adventures of the Lone Ranger.

External links

* [ Comic Book DB Page: Impact Comics, The Black Hood (1991)]
* [ psge: The First Archie Comics The Black Hood]
* [ psge: The 2nd Archie Comics The Black Hood]
* [ psge: The Impact Comics, The Black Hood (1991)]


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