Created by: Gerry Conway and Steve Englehart
1st appearance: The Avengers #152, 1963
Team Affiliations: The Lethal Legion
Legal Status: unknown
Height: 5′ 10 Weight: 210 lbs
Eyes: Brown Hair: Black
Skills and abilities: Affinity for magic
Powers: Samuel is the leading Houngan Zombie user in the world. He can raise the dead and bound them to his will. He can also fire potent energy blasts, cast illusion and control minds.
The first Black Talon
Desmond Drew was the son of Mama Limbo a magic user of soem repute who used her powers to mind control him and a cult in hopes of gaining immortality. When she died Desmond was grief-stricken but the mob his mother had used as pawns in her crimes descended on him in anger and he was killed [Tales of the Zombie #6]
The second Black Talon
Samuel took up the mantle of the Black Talon after the first one was killed. recruited by Grim reaper to battle the Avengers. He eventually fell in love with Nekra and joined the Lethal legion though racism upon himself and Man Ape made them leave the team. He then battled She Hulk after resurrecting some dead mutants as zombies and clashed with Captain America but again was defeated. When Mephisto and Black Heart fought over leadership of hell he sided with Mephisto and recruited old friend Man Ape to the cause. They then recruited others in a new masters of evil. Defeated he took on deadpool who ridiculed his “chicken outfit” after deadpool broke his wrists and his Zombie army crumbled he was left defeated and embarrassed.
He resurfaces as a drug dealer complete with a new costume, guarded by his Zombie armies. Here he allies with the Hood though he later joins with fellow magic user Jenifer Kale to trap the “zombie cloud” inside a creature. During Dark reign he joins the hoods gang though the group is defeated during the siege of Asgard.