P:R Approved: Craig Payne’s Black Vulcan!

Note: Although he has yet to enter the mix in actual comics, Super Friends‘ alum Black Vulcan is a cult favorite for a certain contingent of comics fans — me included, and apparently Craig Payne. Payne’s taken that 1970s animated design and brought it into modern times, and while to some extent it evokes some comparisons to Flash I wouldn’t mind seeing this look — and this character — show up in the New 52. – Chris Arrant

 

12 comments on “P:R Approved: Craig Payne’s Black Vulcan!
  1. Interesting. I like it to a point and it did a good job of steering cleer of some of the Black Lightning costume updates over the years. That said I think DC and WB actually did marvelous jobs updating the Superfriends characters in the Justice League Unilimted episdoe “Ultimatum” with the Ultimen. Character pastiches of Black Vulcan, Apache Chief, Samurai and The Wonder Twins in the forms of Juice, Long Shadow, Wind Dragon and Shifter and Downpour.

    http://dcanimated.wikia.com/wiki/Ultimen

  2. For some reason the boots seem to draw my eye, don’t think that a good trait of a great design.. Might work better if the legs mimicked the arms, make it more balanced/less bottom heavy feeling.

    Now that I’m looking at it as a whole it seems like a hodgepodge of 3 distinct looks…the head and chest/the arms/the legs … none really go with the other Sorry to be so negative BV here this because this would work if any one of the three styles were used consistently over the whole costume.

  3. Lots to like here. A bit too Flash-like as Chris writes but different enough to still work. At first, I thought the boots were a bit clunky but they grew on my quickly and balance out the design elements above. I like the chest logo but could live without the tron arms. I guess lightning on the arms would be too much like Black Lightning and the kid from Avengers Academy. But I still think a different element on the arms would work better.

    Can we also just go with “Vulcan?”

  4. I would assume that the main reason Black Vulcan has never been used in comics is because Black Lightning already fills a very similar role. It would be strange to try incorporating both characters into the same universe. I like the ideas behind this suit, but I think this redesign could still use some work. A little tweaking to distance it from Flash’s costume wouldn’t hurt, and I’m not really digging the circuit patterns on the arms. I think maybe gloves or gauntlets would work better. Aside from that, I’m glad the rest of his costume is black instead of blue. Overall, it’s simple, and that’s okay.

    Concerning his name, why is he called Black Vulcan anyway? I recall reading a short “interview” with this character in Wizard magazine years ago where he raises the same question. What the heck is the “Vulcan” supposed to be referencing here? Surely it’s not the alien race from Star Trek. In Roman mythology Vulcan was the god of fire. So what gives? If this guy was to be introduced into the comics, I say either a name or power change is in order. But then I guess he just wouldn’t be the same…

  5. The boots are too distracting, but everything else is nice. I actually love the Tron arms. But I do agree with Christopher Williams, “Black Lightning” is just too awkward, can’t we call him “Lightning”?

  6. @Ren They created Black Vulcan for the Super Friends because they couldn’t come to an agreement with Black Lightning’s creator. As for why the comic industry felt the need to throw “Black” in front of every Black character’s name, that conversation would be too long and frustrating

  7. Kai: @Ren They created Black Vulcan for the Super Friends because they couldn’t come to an agreement with Black Lightning’s creator.As for why the comic industry felt the need to throw “Black” in front of every Black character’s name, that conversation would be too long and frustrating

    Well you have to consider the historical period.
    It was the time of “Black Panthers” and “Black Power” so it was natural to call Black Lightning or Black Vulcan a black character.

  8. The name Vulcan likely refers to the Roman god (alternatively known as Hephaestus in Greek myth). Through the god’s association with fire, he was the blacksmith of the gods, forging their many tools and weapons. Among such tasks, Vulcan forged the iconic lightning bolts wielded by Jupiter (Zeus).

    Given this ability to create and manipulate lightning bolts, the Super Friends character’s name drew inspiration from this allegorical god.

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