DC knew it — they knew 'Johnny Thunder' was a loser, so Kanigher and I brought the Black Canary into the series. The funny part is that years later, while in Korea on a National Cartoonists trip, I met a dancer who was the exact image of the Black Canary. Bob didn't ask me for a character sketch [for the Black Canary]. Initially appearing as a villain; Johnny is instantly infatuated with her, and is reproached by his Thunderbolt.

Immediately she got a good response, and it was, 'Bye, bye, Johnny Thunder.' Nobody missed him." According to the artist: "When Kanigher gave me the script, I said, 'How do you want me to draw her? Dinah is later revealed to have been infiltrating a criminal gang.

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Shown the body of her now-adult daughter (still in suspended animation), Dinah wished that she could somehow be her successor.

The Earth-1 Superman discussed a solution with the Thunderbolt.

Bob Kanigher wrote those stories, and he had no respect for the characters.

These stories were nowhere near as good as 'The Flash' stories. Bob loved my Black Canary design." Dinah Drake made her debut in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947) as a supporting character in the "Johnny Thunder" feature, written by Robert Kanigher and drawn by Carmine Infantino.

The Thunderbolt was only able to keep the younger Dinah in suspended animation in his Thunderbolt dimension, erasing the tragedy from all memories and leaving the belief that she had died.

After the battle with Aquarius, Superman of Earth-1 discovered Dinah was dying from radiation exposure, and she asked to see her daughter's grave one last time.

Black Canary is a fictional superheroine in comic books published by DC Comics.

Created by the writer-artist team of Robert Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, the character debuted in Flash Comics #86 (August 1947).

Stories since the Silver Age have focused on the younger Black Canary, ascribing her superhuman abilities to a genetic mutation.