Today, in my series on Blacks in Comics, going to talk about Bill Foster, also known as Black Goliath. Foster was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck for Marvel Comics in 1966. He made his debut in The Avengers #32 (Sept. 1966).
Bill Foster is a biochemist who was in the employ of Tony Stark. He became a lab assistant for Hank Pym. When Pym got stuck in giant size, Foster helped him return to normal size. Foster gets some of the “Pym Particles”(allows the user to change size), and moves to Los Angeles. He takes on the moniker Black Goliath. He uses is powers to fight crime, being one of the few heroes based on the west coast.
Black Goliath teamed up with many of the urban heroes of the 70s,such as Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Brother Voodoo, and Misty Knight. Black Goliath sided with Captain America during the hero Civil War. Black Goliath was killed by the clone of Thor. His death turned the tide of the war. Many heroes switched sides to Captain America because of Black Goliath’s death. Since Black Goliath dies as a giant, he didn’t return to normal size. He had to be buried at a height of 35 feet.
As for many characters in the 70s, Marvel had to add black to his name. That’s one of the things I hated. Thankfully, many of them dropped black from their names over time. Black Goliath was one of the top characters in the Marvel Universe, but he played a part in many important stories, especially the Civil War story. If you want to learn more about him, check here.