Steel-Fist Feeny (Black Lightning enemy) (DC Comics)

Steel-Fist Feeny

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


Mr. Feeny appears but once, in a 1978 Black Lightning story arc. That was during the original, notable run by Tony Isabella .

This guy… well, this guy was such a clownshoe that I couldn’t help but immortalize him on


  • Real Name: Francis Feeny.
  • Note: Feeny’s name was spelled as both Feeny and Feeney, so I went with the first and most frequently used spelling.
  • Marital Status: Unrevealed, presumably single.
  • Known Relatives: None.
  • Group Affiliation: Syonide’s crew.
  • Base Of Operations: Suicide Slums in Metropolis.
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 220 lbs.
  • Eyes: Green Hair: Red
  • Note: Height/Weight are approximations (as *always* when there’s no official value) and eye color is a guess as it was unclear in the comics.


Powers and Abilities

Feeny was little more than a typical thug in supervillains’ clothing.

He proved incapable of landing a punch on Black Lightning even when attacking from behind.

The only time he ever managed to hit Black Lightning was after the hero had been stunned by a hit from someone else. And even then, the so-called “Steel-Fist” inflicted no significant damage.


Feeny was a local tough guy hired by the first Syonide as supporting muscle.

Even the other back-up hireling, a middling martial artist who never mentioned his name and was referred to sarcastically by Black Lightning as “Pajamas” due to his yellow gi, openly admitted that Feeny’s usefulness was primarily as a distraction. Feeny was too busy sprawled out half-conscious after being back-handed by Black Lightning to argue the point.

After Syonide’s death, Feeny presumably went back to ineptly pursuing his dream career of being a bottom-feeding leg breaker and occasional burglar.


Francis is a White male with a muscular build, a brutish face with a square jaw, and close-cropped hair.

Steel Fist Fenny vs. Black Lightning (DC Comics)

His yellow-green two-tone body suit and “steel fist” — a glove made to look like a cybernetic hand and coated with a layer of glow-in-the-dark paint — have done nothing to help him be taken seriously as a supervillain.


Steel-Fist Feeny is a classic thug-with-delusions-of-adequacy. He expects locals to know of and be intimidated by his reputation but was rightly dismissed by Black Lightning as “a cheap hood.”

He’s easily cowed by any real opposition but loves to try and get his licks in when an enemy’s back is turned. He tries to avoid using his first name as it doesn’t fit his tough guy image.


Feeny: “Nice try, hero-man ! But Steel-Fist Feeny don’t scare all that easy ! Or maybe you ain’t heard of me ?”
Black Lightning: “Oh, I’ve heard of you… Francis.”

“I knew we shoulda wasted that creep while we had the chance !” (cringing as he sees the creep in question — Black Lightning — closing on him) “Then again, we could leave town real fast and promise never to come back.”

Game Stats — DC Heroes RPG

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Steel-Fist Feeny

Dex: 03 Str: 03 Bod: 03 Motivation: Mercenary
Int: 02 Wil: 03 Min: 02 Occupation: Thug for hire
Inf: 02 Aur: 02 Spi: 03 Resources {or Wealth}: 003
Init: 008 HP: 010

Martial Artist (AV)*: 03

None demonstrated.

Steet (Low).

None demonstrated.

STEEL FIST [BODY 04, Enhance (EV): 01 (cap is 04), Descriptor: Unarmed]. Feeny painted the metal glove he wore on his right hand with phosphorescent paint to provide the illusion that it had some sort of special power. This attempt at visual intimidation was so inept that Black Lightning immediately recognized it for exactly what it was even while fighting Feeny in a dark alley at night.]

By Roy Cowan.

Source of Character: 1977 Black Lightning series #6-7 (DC Comics).

Writeup completed on the 11th of July, 2010.