The Black Rapier
A swordsman hero and a member of the Honor Guard from 1970 until his retirement in 2014. He served a lengthy tenure as the team's chairman. In addition to his skill with a blade, he is a consummate detective and a brilliant engineer.
At some point when the Black Rapier was young, he ingested a "vitali-serum" that dramatically altered his physiology.
In 2015, after the Rapier retired from activity, Crackerjack stole the Rapier's remaining serum vials. Crackerjack did so as part of an effort to improve his own abilities, despite everyone he had talked to agreeing that such a feat would be impossible--the consensus being that it was a miracle the serum had worked for the Rapier, and it had only done so in part because of his youth at the time.
It is implied that the Rapier's serum provided him with enhanced physical abilities, including increased reflexes and endurance, if not also slowed aging (at his retirement party, the Rapier states that he'd been active for 45 years).
- He carries an épée, capable of generating an electric current.
- His costume is a modified fencing outfit, made of something more that just Kevlar.
- The Black Raiper's outfit has an additional mystery. Either his costume can be pressurized, or he also has a additional(but near parallel in appearance) suit designed for extreme conditions. He does require a sealed helmet over his fencing mask to operate in places like outer space.
He had a romantic relationship of some sort with the crime lord Bamboo during the 1970s.
The position of Honor Guard leader was apparently held by the Black Rapier for many years, only recently transferring to Samaritan.