Alter Ego: Dinah Laurel Lance-Harper
Occupation: Crime Fighter. Formerly a Florist.
Marital Status: Married.
Known Relatives: Dinah Drake Lance/ nickname:"Diana" (Mother-deceased), Larry Lance (father-deceased),Roy Harper (husband), Richard Drake (grandfather-deceased),Craig Windrow (ex-husband/divorced)
Group Affiliations:JLA; Partner with Oracle; former founding member of the Justice League of America; Justice League International
Base of Operations: Worldwide. Currently lives in Gotham City. Formerly of Seattle. Formerly of Star City.
Current Status: Active.
Weight: 115 lbs.
Hair: Natural Brunette. Dyed blond. (Formerly used to wear blond wigs)
Dinah Laurel Lance was the daughter of Gotham City detective
Larry Lance and Dinah Drake Lance. Her father had worked with
her grandfather... police detective Richard Drake. Her mother
was a former member of the Justice Society of America who
fought crime as the original Golden Age Black Canary in the late
1940s and 1950s.
As the first Black Canary's experience grew she began to team up
with other mystery men and often worked with Johnny Thunder.
He was a member of the Justice Society of America and when he
left she replaced him, stayed with the JSA for four years until it
was forced to disband under pressure from the House of
Un-American Activities Committee. The elder Dinah married
Larry Lance who was a detective and now had his own Private
Investigating firm. They would work together in a P.I. firm as
Lance & Lance. During her marriage to Larry Lance, the elder Black Canary would have an affair with the
original Starman...Ted Knight. (The elder Dinah would later reveal this to her daughter once the younger
Dinah became a member of the newly formed JLA.) As the JSA retired in the 1950's, so did the original
Black Canary soon afterwards. Dinah Drake Lance hung up her tights and resigned.
Ten years later the Justice Society briefly came out of retirement in the wake of the appearance of the Reaper
in Gotham City, however Black Canary was not one of them. Dinah Drake Lance had settled down in the
suburban Bay Ridge outside of Gotham City when she gave birth to her only child, Dinah Laurel Lance.
The youngest Dinah was raised being surrounded by her parents' super-hero friends from the Justice Society
of America, rocked to sleep at night by bedtime tales of her mother's heroic exploits. Dinah grew up in the
magical world of winged men and cosmic avengers and was fascinated by her mothers former crime fighting
life. Young Dinah dreamed of one day becoming a hero in her own right, although her mother was dead set
against the idea, wanting her child to lead the normal life without living in constant danger that her crimefighting
career had denied her in the JSA.
The appearance of the Batman in Gotham City renewed the dreams of the teenaged Dinah Laurel Lance.
Despite her parent's disapproval, Dinah Laurel Lance trained in secret behind her mother's back with her
"uncle" Ted Grant, the former JSA member known as Wildcat. When her mother found out, the stress of an
argument brought forth the manifestation of a super power in the younger Dinah for the first time. This super
power was the Sonic Cry. The source of her Sonic Cry was speculated by Doctor Fate to have been that her
metagene was activated by radiation from exposure to Green Lantern's power ring or perhaps Johnny
Thunders T-Bolt. Dinah's Sonic Cry was a result of an extra ligament in her throat from the metagene.
At an early stage in Dinah Laurel Lance's life, she entered Gotham University where she met Craig Windrow,
a much older returning student who studied accounting. Dinah was swept away and married Craig. She
attended Gotham University for one year, but problems came about and she dropped out after her freshman
year, and soon got divorced. The young Dinah looked for a new direction in her life and (like her mother
before) opened a Flower Shop in Star City (which happened to be the stomping grounds of Green Arrow and
Speedy at the time).
Dinah Laurel Lance decided to pursue her dreams, and like her mother, she became the second generation of
Lance women to adopt the identity of the crimefighter, the Black Canary. She donned a near exact costume
as her mother and relied upon her motorcycle, her detective skills, her martial arts abilities, and her sonic cry.
At the age of nineteen, Dinah Laurel Lance became a founding member of the Justice League of America with
members Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and the Martian Manhunter. At a media blitz press conference
during the JLA's first year, Dinah Laurel Lance met the Green Arrow who showed up to wish the new heroes
well. At first, Dinah loathed the arrogant archer with is initial pick-up lines. During the latter part of JLA's first
year, Green Arrow became the first non-founding hero to join the Justice League.
Dinah's mother would don her original outfit one more time when the JSA came out of retirement and joined
up with the Justice League. Afterwards the tragedy the elder Dinah had always feared happened when Larry
Lance was killed while saving his wife from an alien entity called Aquarius, its radiation also caused a cancer in
the original Black Canary. Dinah Drake Lance became more bitter with the world and pleaded with her
daughter to retire.
During the second year of the JLA, Oliver Queen would lose his fortune. After a stormy courtship, the
younger Dinah became interested in the cocky Green Arrow. Then Green Arrow and Green Lantern decided
to go on a six month "Quest for America" in which the two did not return to the JLA until the team's third year.
During their travels, Black Canary joined the two Emerald Crusaders and one of the Guardians of OA on
some cross country adventures. These adventures drew the heroes closer together and Green Arrow and
Black Canary fell in love.
As Oliver and Dinah were adjusting to each other having ups and downs, Oliver Queen paid less attention to
his ward Roy Harper (Speedy) and paid more attention to Dinah. Roy got involved with the wrong crowd and
became a junkie hooked on heroin. Oliver and Roy had a major falling out and it was Dinah who looked out
for Roy and helped him through his major withdrawals and release from heroin. Roy Harper would always be
grateful and would consider Dinah one of his best friends for life.
After Ollie and Hal joined back up with the JLA during the team's third year, Dinah announced her love for
boyfriend Oliver Queen and the two became lovers and partners for many years afterwards. They would
constantly have arguments but they loved each other dearly and would have a relationship stronger than most
marriages. The two would eventually move in together in an apartment in Star City. Oliver would at first open
a public relations office to help support them above Dinah's Floral shop. She would continue pulling in most of
the income more than Oliver over the years as he worked at different ever changing jobs.
In the JLA's fifth year, Green Arrow had had enough and resigned from the JLA. Dinah
decided to stay on for another year listening to her lover gripe during the entire year
about his former JLA team mates. Briefly Green Arrow would reluctantly join again but
other decisions lead Black Canary and Green Arrow with other JLAers to resign when
the JLA satellite was destroyed in an alien invasion. The JLA was in flux during the sixth
year and Ollie and Dinah continued to live together where she continued to operate as a
florist while dabbling in fashion design over the past couple of years. The break from the
JLA gave time for Black Canary and Green Arrow to work close together as a pair of
crime fighters sharing in many adventures fighting foes such as Count Vertigo and
Eventually, while looking at a scrapbook of her mother's cases, Dinah looked for a
change and wanted to get out of her mother's shadow. Dinah Laurel Lance adopted a
new costume around the time she was fighting a villain named Bonfire and continued to
fight crime as the Black Canary with a renewed vigor. Soon afterwards, during the JLA's
sixth year, Dinah rejoined the newly revamped Justice League with Martian Manhunter,
Blue Beetle II, Guy Gardner, Batman, Dr. Fate, and Captain Marvel.
It was sometime shortly after the League's new formation, and just prior to Ollie's failed bid for Mayor of Star City that Dinah was abducted by Durlans and successfully replaced. She spent the next five years a captive on the Dominion planet of Elia.
SPECIAL POWERS AND WEAPONS
Dinah was born with the ability to produce a Sonic Scream that can cause physical damage to others. She
was born with an extra ligaments in her throat that was activated by her metagene. She is a superb athlete,
acrobat, and detective. Black Canary is also a Judo Master and an expert at other Martial Arts. Black Canary
used to have the ability of a Sonic Scream that could incapacitate her opponents.