BLACK SCORPION

BLACK SCORPION

Black Scorpion issue 1, began April 1991. Darrigo had gotten to know Ron Fortier while the two were writing Green Hornet stories for Now Comics in Chicago. When the Green Hornet was discontinued Darrigo conceived the idea of a black man in a Green Hornet role and called him Black Scorpion. Fortier created the hero’s sidekick Dart. The product was published by Darrigo’s company Special Studio.

Each issue had two stories. Darrigo and Fortier each separately wrote one story for each issue. Darrigo wrote “Knight of Justice”, “Roar of the Lions” and “The Blackmailer’s Auction”. Fortier wrote “ Double Take”, “A Game for Old Men” and “The Ravenia Ripper”. They assumed the common pseudonym of George Stryker for writer.

The illustrators were Steve LeBlanc for “Knight of Justice”. Scott Dutton of Calgary for pencils and Jim Scott for inks did “Double Take”. Jones illustrated “A Game for Old Men”. Brian B. Chin did “Roar of the Lions” and “The Ravenia Ripper”. Peter Grau illustrated ‘The Black Mailer’s Auction”.

The last issue of Black Scorpion was number 3 dated October 1991.

Black Scorpion reappeared about ten years after Special Studio ceased to exist. A Toronto literary agent contacted Darrigo with the proposal to sell Special Studio properties to film/TV producers who were interested in independently created comic book characters. As a result, the Darrigo-Grau team (Paul McCusker helped with the lettering) created a mini promotional comic of the Black Scorpion character but called it Blue Scorpion because there was now a T.V. character called Black Scorpion. Blue Scorpion’s” assistant teenager, “Dart” who had been created by Fortier was changed to “Eddie Navarro” nicknamed “Stinger”. Navarro”, an unemployed mechanic had saved “Blue Scorpion’s” investigative journalist “Anita Ford” and so “Blue Scorpion” hired him in his “Ben Wright” alter ego.

Unfortunately, the sale of Special Studio properties never materialized and so this promotion remains the only story of Blue Scorpion.

MEDIUM:

BOOK GRAPHIC:

Blue Scorpion a promotional mini comic. Writer, Dave Darrigo. Illus. Peter Grau: 1-4.

PERIODICAL GRAPHIC

Cover:

Front: Illus. Peter Grau. Black Scorpion,1, Apr. 1991. Special Studio.

Front: Illus. Brian Chin. Black Scorpion, 2, July 1991. Special Studio.

Back: Illus. Chris Jones. Black Scorpion, 2, July 1991. Special Studio.

Front: Illus. Peter Grau. Black Scorpion, 3, Oct. 1991. Special Studio.

Content:

Serial:

“Knight of Justice.” Writ., George Stryker (Dave Darrigo). Illus. Steve LeBlanc. Black Scorpion, 1, Apr. 1991: 1-16. Special Studio

“Double Take.” Writer, George Stryker (Ron Fortier). Illus. Chris Jones. Black Scorpion, 1, Black Scorpion, 1, Apr. 1991: 1-16. Special Studio

“A Game for Old Men.” Writer, George Stryker (Ron Fortier). Illus. Chris Jones. Black Scorpion, 2, July 1991: 1-16. Special Studio

“Roar of the Lions.” Writer, George Stryker (Dave Darrigo). Illus. Brian Chin. Black Scorpion, 2, July 1991.: 1-16. Special Studio

“Black Mailer’s Auction.” Writ., George Stryker (Dave Darrigo). Illus. Peter. Grau. Black Scorpion 3, Oct. 1991: 1-16. Special Studio

“The Ravenia Ripper.” Writ., George Stryker (Ron Fortier). Illus. Brian Chin. Black Scorpion 3, Oct. 991: 1-16. Special Studio

SOURCE:

Interview:

Interviews and Correspondence with Dave Darrigo.

GALLERY:

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“Knight Of Justice.” Illus., Steve Leblanc. Black Scorpion, 1, April 1991: 15.

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Illus., Peter Grau. Black Scorpion, 3, October 1991: Front cover.

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“Blackmailer’s Auction.” Illus., Peter Grau. Black Scorpion, 3, October 1991: 15.