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Information-silkReal NameJerald [1]
Information-silkCurrent AliasBlack Lama
Information-silkRelativesPrincess Susan (daughter), Gerald Ford (Earth-616 counterpart)
Status
Information-silkAlignmentGood
Information-silkIdentitySecret Identity
Information-silkCitizenshipKingdom of Grand Rapids
Information-silkOccupationKing of Grand Rapids
Characteristics[2]
Information-silkGenderMale
Information-silkHeight5' 9"
Information-silkWeight167 lbs (76 kg)
Information-silkEyesBlue
Information-silkHairBlack
Origin
Information-silkOriginAlternate dimension version of Gerald Ford
Information-silkUniverseEarth-7511
Information-silkCreatorsMike Friedrich, George Tuska, Jim Starlin
First AppearanceLast Appearance
Iron Man #53Iron Man #81
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HistoryEdit

The Black Lama is an extra-dimensional mystic who attempted to set Earth's leading super-criminals at war with one another. To this end he invited (presumably among others) Doctor Doom, the Red Skull and even Fu Manchu to destroy all other major supervillains; the ultimate survivor would receive a shimmering golden globe, which, the Black Lama claimed, would bestow the user with the calm of mind and spiritual balance to finally realize their dreams, but they declined. The Lama made the same offer to MODOK, the Mad Thinker, the Mandarin and the Yellow Claw[3], and they accepted. In the ensuing struggle, the Mandarin apparently perished, and the ultimate, surprising victor was outsider Gary Gilbert, the original Firebrand.

He also incited the supervillains the Melter, Whiplash, and Man-Bull to form the team the Death Squad to vie for the Golden Globe of Power. The Death Squad fought Iron Man at a comic book convention, but were decisively defeated.[4]

Iron Man, who had come to realize that the Black Lama was a serious threat, and that all of his bizarre claims contradicted each other, intervened when the Lama bestowed the Golden Globe on Firebrand, and all three were drawn into another dimension together.

Here, the absurd truth was revealed: the Black Lama was a traveler from an alternate Earth, the king of one of many small kingdoms that exist there instead of the United States of America. Not only that, he was actually the other-dimensional counterpart of Gerald Ford, the then-president of the US. He had grown bored with his all-too-mundane life as king, and had sought excitement by traveling to another dimension via the Golden Globe. But the transition had driven him insane; in his delusional state, he had decided to make someone change places with him and send them back to his world; he believed this would restore his sanity.

Now back in his own dimension, King Jerald turned out to be a perfectly agreeable sort, who helped Iron Man to return home, taking Gary Gilbert with him and finally ending the "War of the Super-Villains"[5].

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Powers

The golden globe of power allowed the Black Lama to travel to different dimensional planes, becoming intangible when bridging them. The device also instilled mystic ability, making him a powerful hypnotist who could use meditation and emotion to generate power, and to develop power in others. Maddened by cosmic imbalance, he infected others and unwittingly established mind links.

Power Grid [6]
Intelligence
 2
Strength
 2
Speed*
 2
Durability
 2
Energy Projection
Fighting Skills
 2
* Teleporter

TriviaEdit

The planet Galador also has a Golden Globe of Power.[7]

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