Black Vulcan

Black Vulcan

Black Vulcan as he appeared in Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends TV series in the 1970s and '80s
In-story information
Team affiliations Super Friends
Partnerships Apache Chief
El Dorado
Abilities Electricity manipulation

Black Vulcan is a fictional African-American superhero on the animated series Super Friends created by Hanna-Barbera. He was voiced by Buster Jones.

Fictional character biography

Unlike most of the Super Friends, Black Vulcan was not a pre-existing DC Comics character. This is particularly notable since DC Comics' roster did include an African American superhero with electricity-based powers, Black Lightning, who could not be used on the show due to disputes between DC and Black Lightning's creator Tony Isabella.[1]

Black Vulcan appeared in The All-New Super Friends Hour cartoon series (episode "The Whirlpool").

His powers include the ability to emit electricity from his hands. He can also fly by charging his lower body with energy. On a few occasions, he has exhibited powers he had not shown before, such as the ability to assume a form of pure energy and travel at the speed of light (in an unsuccessful attempt to escape a black hole.[2]) He was able to travel back in time[3] by fluctuating his body's energy to open a rift in space-time. Black Vulcan is able to spot-weld microelectronics.[4]

In the final incarnation of the series, The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians, he was replaced with Cyborg, another black superhero that was already well established in DC Comics.

In other media



Black Vulcan has been released in a Justice League Unlimited three-pack, accompanied by his Super Friends teammates Apache Chief and Samurai. A 6" Black Vulcan action figure was released in Mattel's DC Universe Classics Wave 18, which was primarily dedicated to Super Friends characters.[8] Black Vulcan was also newly released in 2016 as an 8 inch Mego-like action figure by Figures Toy Company.


Comic book artist and Super Friends fan Alex Ross intended to create a modernized version of Black Vulcan for his rejected Captain Marvel series. The title would have had the character reimagined as Vulcan, an African American child who could become an adult superhero after accidentally gaining some of the powers of the wizard Shazam.[9]

Black Vulcan made a cameo appearance in the DC One Million 80-Page Giant special as part of one of the many alternate Justice Leagues that accidentally ended up in the headquarters of the Justice Legion Alpha.


  1. Morse, Ben (3 March 2007). "LIGHTNING ROD: How Black Lightning hurdled racism, knockoffs and wars between creators to become the new powerhouse of Justice League of America". Archived from the original on 11 January 2008.
  2. "The World's Deadliest Game". Challenge of the Superfriends. Season 1, Episode 3. September 23, 1978.
  3. "Secret Origins of the Superfriends". Challenge of the Superfriends. Season 1, Episode 8. 28 October 1978.
  4. "Dive to Disaster". Super Friends. Season 1, Episode 2. 20 September 1980.
  5. 1 2 "Ultimatum", Justice League Season 1, Episode 9, 4 December 2004.
  6. "Panic In The Sky", Justice League Season 2, Episode 11, 9 July 2005.
  7. "Ask Greg". Station Eight's Gargoyles. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  8. DC Universe Classics 18: Black Vulcan review,
  9. Smith, Zach (January 6, 2011). "An Oral History of CAPTAIN MARVEL: The Modern Years". Newsarama.
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