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Black Bolt



Real Name
Blackagar Boltagon




Place of Birth
Attilan, Atlantic Ocean

First Appearance
Fantastic Four #45 (1965)

Black Bolt is the child of two of Attilan’s top geneticists, Agon, head of the ruling Council of Genetics, and Rynda. Subjected to the mutagenic Terrigen Mist while still an embryo, Bolt was born with strange powers surpassing even the average Inhumans’. As an infant, he demonstrated certain energy-manipulative powers that he couldn't control, particularly that of producing quasi-sonic energy of great destructive potential. To protect the other Inhumans, he was placed inside a sound-proofed chamber and given an energy-harnessing suit. There he was schooled on how to control his powers until the age of nineteen, when he was allowed to enter society.

A month after being awarded his freedom, Black Bolt discovered that his younger brother Maximus had made a pact with emissaries of the Kree. While attempting to stop the Kree ship before it escaped, Bolt used the power of his quasi-sonic voice to knock the ship out of the sky. When the ship crashed to Earth, it landed on the parliament, killing several key members of the Council of Genetics, including his parents. The reverberations of Bolts shout affected Maximus’ sanity and suppressed his nascent mental powers. Despite his guilt and silent protests, Black Bolt was obligated to accept the mantle of leadership of the Inhumans at age twenty.

Black Bolt’s first crisis in leadership came when his cousin Triton was held captive by humans. Learning of Triton’s encounter upon his escape, Black Bolt decided that Attilan was in imminent danger of being discovered by humanity. Black Bolt scouted out possible places in which to relocate, and decided upon the remote Himalayan mountains. After the great migration, Black Bolt faced his second great crisis when his now insane brother Maximus unleashed the Trikon, three of the Inhumans’ worker drones who were transformed into energy-beings. The Trikon enabled Maximus to launch a successful coup, establishing his rule over the Inhumans, and sending Black Bolt and the other members of the Royal Family into exile.

For the next few years, Black Bolt and his kinsmen wandered Asia, Europe, and finally America, in search of Medusa, Bolt's betrothed mate, who had been separated from the others during the battle with the Trikon. Eventually Black Bolt was reunited with Medusa when Gorgon found her in the company of the Fantastic Four. After leading an attack against the four, Black Bolt returned to Attilan when Crystal announced that his cousin Triton had been taken back by the Seeker. Black Bolt returned to face his brother, who had taken the crown of the Inhumans, and declared himself the new ruler and the future husband of Medusa. But Black Bolt was not amused by his show of power, and tore the crown from his hands, reclaiming his place as the leader of the Inhumans. Though later, once the Fantastic Four found the refuge, and Black Bolt argued with Mister Fantastic, encouraging him to leave peaceably, Maximus sealed the refuge in a Negative Zone barrier after discovering that Inhumans and humans were of the same race.

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With his brother insane, and the key to the barrier trapped within Maximus' diseased mind, the Inhumans sought frantically for a way to escape the Negative Zone. Black Bolt's first attempt was to use his own energy to empower a bomb that would burst it open, but it almost destroyed the entire city before he used his powerful voice to stop it. Finally, he was forced to expose his secret and again use his destructive voice to demolish the barrier surrounding Attilan, freeing his people. While the rest of the Inhumans rebuilt the city, the Council of Elders ordered that the Royal Family split up and temporarily join humanity. Black Bolt agreed with them; and so, he led them out of the city and they dispersed, with his cousin Crystal eager to rejoin her love, the Human Torch. After Crystal became a member of the Fantastic Four, Maximus recaptured the throne using his hypno-drugs, and captured Black Bolt and the rest of the Royal Family. But Black Bolt eventually realized there was no other way, and used the power of his voice, again, to break them free and send Maximus fleeing away in a hidden rocket, along with a small group of Inhumans. Later, Black Bolt ordered Crystal back when a radiation experiment injured him, so that she could use her powers to vibrate his heart and keep him alive until Gorgon could return and heal him. Finally, Crystal was forced to return to her family permanently when it was discovered that Earth's pollutants were poisoning them, as they had built up no immunity to them. Black Bolt has proved adept at leading the Inhumans through some of the most turbulent times in their history; including several more attempts by Maximus to usurp the throne, revolts by the worker class, attacks by human renegades, the kidnapping of Medusa, the destruction and rebuilding of Attilan, the revelation of the Inhuman existence to humanity, and finally the second relocation of Attilan. Following the traditionally lengthy period of betrothal, Black Bolt and Medusa were wed.

Contributors: WSST and Acotilletta2