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Black Cobra (Ajax-Farrell)

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Black Cobra

Real Name

Steve Drake (Ajax)/Jim Hornsby (Four Star)

First Appearance

Black Cobra #1 (1954)

Original Publisher

Ajax-Farrell Publications/Four Star

Created by

L. B. Cole

Golden Age Origin

Steve Drake, an FBI Agent, was a grim Cold War avenger known as the Black Cobra. He was assisted by his sidekick, the Cobra Kid . He has no superpowers, but his costume was made from a special bulletproof plastic Drake had invented, as well as suction cups in his boots which allowed him to run down buildings. In the Four Star version of the stories which were reprinted by Ajax-Farrell, Black Cobra retains his original identity as Jim Hornsby, the original Black Cobra. Cobra had a garage underneath his house where he kept his black "Super-racer" car.


  • In 2010, Vito Delsante & Ricardo Vinancio created several open source versions of the Black Cobra. Black Cobra (4) was based on the Ajax-Farrell version.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Black Cobra #1-3

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