- No more doubts, no more lies. I'm sticking those in my memory book for keeps! I'm going into action tonight! But it won't be as just one more in a never-ending string of costumed giants. It'll be as my own man!
- -- Bill Foster
Appearing in "Black Goliath"
- Henry Pym
- Whiz Kids (First appearance)
- gang kids
- Atom-Smasher (First appearance)
- Atom Smasher's goons
- the Killers (a neighbourhood baseball team) (Only in flashback)
- LA policemen
- Pop, a store owner
- unnamed reporter
- Officer Wells (Only in flashback)
- Mrs. Coombs (Only in flashback)
- Claire Temple (Only in flashback)
- Tony Stark (Only in flashback)
- Power Man (Only in flashback)
- The Circus of Crime (Mentioned)
- security guards
Synopsis for "Black Goliath"
After moving to Los Angeles to oversee Stark Enterprises west coast laboratory, Bill Foster finds himself lost in thought as he walks through his childhood neighborhood of Watts. Whilst distracted, he is held up by local gang members whom he quickly dispatches in his alter-ego of the Black Goliath, making the following day's news in the process.
When he arrives back home, Foster is conflicted as to whether or not to pursue his superhero career or to concentrate on his job at the laboratory. He also struggles with the idea of being a "third-string" hero, as there had already been two other heroes with his powers who went by the name of Goliath. After a failed field-test of a new force-field generator by the Whiz Kids gives him a good laugh and causes him to forget his troubles, Foster goes to bed.
The next day, he reads about a rash of robberies occurring at laboratories around the Los Angeles area and suspects that his multi-million dollar shipment of radium could be next. As a result, he decides to don his costume and go into action as the Black Goliath in order to protect the shipment. That night, the Atom-Smasher and his goons do indeed attack Foster's lab. The goons are easily scattered by Foster, but he is taken down by an energy blast from Atom-Smasher, who then prepares to kill Foster with a second, more powerful blast.
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