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Black Canary – A guide to Black Canaries

(Disambiguation page)

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  1. We’re starting to have a fair few character profiles for DC Comics’ Black Canary.
  2. Readers who do not realise that the character dates back to the the 1940s might be confused.

Therefore, here are the Black Canary profiles on writeups.org and what they do.

The chronological song

This series of profile uses the emergent history method. For instance, the 1947/48 version of Black Canary only uses material from 1947 and 1948. The 1960s profile only uses material from the 1960s. Etc..

This is because there have been many takes on the Black Canary concept. Rather than present a “smudged together” view of these, we present each take in detail.

Which also means that reading the profiles in order will show you exactly how the *idea* of Black Canary evolves.


Black Canary (DC Comics) (Earliest version) portrait The prototype version. The earliest take, in 1947/48. At this point she’s a bad girl and a thief, a bit like 1940s Catwoman or Harlequin.
Black Canary (DC Comics) (Golden Age) smiling The (late) Golden Age Black Canary. Black Canary as she appears from 1948 to 1951. She’s reinvented as a heroine, and even joins the Justice Society of that time.
Black Canary (DC Comics) (1960s) Black Canary then vanishes until 1962/63. But she then returns in strong form, chiefly as a member of the Justice Society of America. This Black Canary profile covers the 1960s.
Black Canary (DC Comics) (1970s) white background The 1970s (part 1). Not the best era for Dinah, I’m afraid. But that’s when her powers — and the thing with Green Arrow — start developing.
Black Canary (DC Comics) (1970s) roaring motorbike The 1970s (part 2).
Black Canary (DC Comics) with the white buccaneer boots JLA costume The gisted notes. Our earliest notes about BC. Now very dated and we don’t really want people to read them. We keep them around because there are useful pictures, stats, etc.. But the endgame is to fully replace these with a series of clear and excellent chronological profiles.
Black Canary (DC Comics) (2010s rock star version) surprise portrait Rock star Black Canary. A very specific version by two specific authors (Wu and Fletcher), seen during the mid-2010s. 2010s DC Comics continuity was a hot mess, so we have to do thin “slices” so characters profile are clear.

As long as we’re disambiguatin’, I should also mention :

Skylark / Lady Lark of the Squadron Supreme (Marvel Comics) Lady Lark / Skylark of the Squadron Supreme. A somewhat obscure Marvel character, from a super-team who are obvious analogues to DC’s stalwarts. Lady Lark channels both Black Canary and older versions of Hawkgirl.