Brown Bomber (Character)

First a quote from Tony Isabella “I created Black Lightning after convincing DC not to publish another “black” super-hero on which they had started work. The Black Bomber was a white bigot who, in times of stress, turned into a black super-hero. This was the result of chemical camouflage experiments he’d taken part in as a soldier in Vietnam. The object of these experiments was to allow our [white] troops to blend into the jungle. In each of the two completed Black Bomber scripts, the white bigot risks his own life to save another person whom he can’t see clearly (in one case, a baby in a stroller) and then reacts in racial slur disgust when he discovers that he risked his life to save a black person. He wasn’t aware that he had two identities, but each identity had a girlfriend and the ladies were aware of the change. To add final insult, the Bomber’s costume was little more than a glorified basketball uniform. DC had wanted me to take over writing the book with the third issue. I convinced them to eat the two scripts and let me start over. To paraphrase my arguments… “Do you REALLY want DC’s first black super-hero to be a white bigot?””

Created by: Dwayne Mcduffie based on a dc comics concept

1st appearance:  Justice League of America #26, (2008)

Nationality: American

Team Affiliations: None

Legal Status: Unknown

Weight: 200 lbs    Height: 5’9

Eyes: Brown        Hair: bald

Relatives: Unknown

Skills and abilities: unknown

Powers: By shouting the phrase “black power” he transforms into a super powered black man with an Afro.


The Justice League met him while in his world. He made a pass at Vixen but she was far too offended by his bigotry and ridiculous powers to take him serious.


I'm a Caribbean born Lecturer, Multidisciplinary specialist/Androgogue/Philosophical Pedagogue; with backgrounds in Philosophy, Social Studies and Geography; founder/CEO of World of Black Heroes, freelance writer and all around comic book geek. I enjoy a good book, video games, movies and most of all fatherhood. Written credits include work for where my writing inspired the music compiliation "Kindah" available in multiple languages on Itunes, The Caribbean Journal of Education, The University of the west indies, Comicvine, Independent comics etc.

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6 thoughts on “Brown Bomber (Character)

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  • February 7, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Concepts like this one is the reason why Mavel has blown DC out of the water when it comes to minority characters.

  • May 30, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    It’s characters like this one that reinforces my feelings of black characters should be created by black creators.

  • February 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Wow! That’s tuff to whatch. What’s up with DC, and having all the black hero’s seperate from the white ones. They all have to live on special dissapearing islands, and such. And they all must be raging racist. There must have been a heavy climite of racism there, back in the day.

  • February 9, 2015 at 4:21 am

    I had heard of the Brown Bomber before, but who the hell thought it was a good idea to raise that sunken ship?


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