- Black Knight (Nathan Garrett)
Nathan Garrett, the villainous Black Knight, battles Iron Man in Tales of Suspense vol. 1, #73. Art by Gene Colan.
Publication information Publisher Marvel Comics First appearance Tales to Astonish vol. 1, #52 (Feb 1964) Created by Stan Lee and Dick Ayers In-story information Alter ego Nathan Garrett Team affiliations Masters of Evil
Legion of the Unliving
Abilities Advanced weaponry
Nathan Garrett, also known as the criminal Black Knight, is a fictional character in the Marvel Universe. He was a supervillain and descendant of the original Black Knight, and was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist and co-plotter Dick Ayers.
Sir Percy's descendant, Professor Nathan Garrett, debuted as the modern-day supervillain Black Knight in Tales to Astonish vol. 1, #52 (Feb. 1964). This villainous Black Knight appeared in The Avengers vol. 1, #6, 14-15 (July 1964, March-April 1965), and in the feature "Iron Man" in Tales of Suspense vol. 1, #73 (Jan. 1966), in which he was mortally wounded.
Fictional character biography
Professor Nathan Garrett is the distant direct descendant of Sir Percy, and was born in London, England. He becomes a biologist, research scientist, and university professor. He then became the head of an espionage ring, and was captured by the hero Giant-Man. Garrett fled to Europe, where he found Sir Percy's tomb and the Ebony Blade. Garrett's evil tendencies make him unworthy of wielding the sword, and he is shunned by Sir Percy's ghost. An embittered Garrett then devises an arsenal of medieval weapons that employ modern technology (including a lance that fired bolts of energy) and genetically engineers and creates a winged horse called Aragorn. Calling himself the Black Knight, Garrett embarks on a career as a professional criminal to spite his ancestor. He battled Giant-Man again and the Wasp but is defeated.
Garrett joins the supervillain team the Masters of Evil at the request of master villain Baron Zemo, and spread Adhesive X over the city. However with the help of jailed villain Paste-Pot Pete, the Avengers find an antidote and the Teen Brigade apply it to the containers, causing it to free people. The Black Knight is defeated by Thor, as Cap had decided to catch the Masters of guard by the Avengers 'switching' foes. He later attacked Stark Industries' plant to lure the hero Iron Man into battle, and was defeated. Alongside the Master of Evil, he again battled the Avengers and is captured. The Black Knight was among the villains assembled by Doctor Doom to destroy the Fantastic Four.
Garrett kidnaps Happy Hogan, and falls from his winged horse while trying to kill Iron Man. Mortally wounded, a dying Garrett summons his nephew, Dane Whitman, to their family estate and reveals his secret identity and repents for his life of crime. Whitman then decides to adopt the identity of the Black Knight himself.
After his death, Garrett is resurrected by Immortus as a member of the Legion of the Unliving. He battled Doctor Pym once more, and "dies" again. His horse became the property of the villain Dreadknight.
Powers and abilities
Nathan Garrett was a normal man with gifted intelligence. He had a Ph.D. in genetics, and was a brilliant biologist specializing in genetic engineering, and was a skilled electrical engineer as well.
Garrett created a power-lance which fired heat beams, electrical charges, concussive electromagnetic force beams. He also used a rope as a lasso, steel cables as bolas, red-hot spinning metal discs, and electrical energy-drainers which resembled doughnuts. He carried a paralyzer pistol which fired nerve gas which could paralyze or kill an opponent. He wore body armor made of an unknown steel alloy.
He was a skilled equestrian, and rode a winged flying horse that he created by genetic engineering.
In other media
- Nathan Garrett as the Black Knight appeared in the Marvel Super Heroes television series.
- The Nathan Garrett version of Black Knight appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures episode "Pepper Interrupted" voiced by Alistair Abell. This version wears a high-tech knight armor and rides a hover cycle. He is shown working for the Maggia faction led by Count Nefaria. When Black Knight is ordered to kill Pepper Potts, Iron Man intervenes. Black Knight ends up fighting Iron Man and ends up defeated. When the police arrive, Black Knight and Count Nefaria are arrested alongside the Maggia troops that didn't escape. In the episode "Line of Fire," Justin Hammer calls in Black Knight to deal with Black Panther who has been disrupting Hammer Multinational's Vibranium smuggling operation form Wakanda. Black Knight attacks Black Panther at his press conference at the Wakandan Embassy. Black Knight knocks Black Panther off his hover cycle only for him to be saved by Iron Man. When Iron Man is shot down, Black Panther manages to damage Black Knight's hover cycle causing Black Knight to retreat. Black Knight and Nakea (who wanted revenge for what Black Panther did to her brother) meet up with a Stark International operative named Rykland until Black Panther and Iron Man arrive. Iron Man ends up fighting Black Knight and defeating him. Black Knight, Nakea, and those involved are arrested by S.H.I.E.L.D. and transported to the Vault.
- Nathan Garrett appears in The Avengers: United They Stand comics where he attempts to steal a device from the organization AIM.
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