The Black Rapier

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The Black Rapier
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Status: Retired
Earliest Appearance: 1970
Affiliation: Honor Guard
Base of Operations: New Orleans
Range of Operations: New Orleans, global with Honor Guard

Personal Data


Appearances (in Publication Order): Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.1 #1, 6

Kurt Busiek's Astro City Vol.2 #6, 7, 10, 16, 19
Astro City: Local Heroes #1
Astro City: The Dark Age Book One #3, 4
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two #1
Astro City: Beautie #1
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Three #2, 3, 4
Astro City: The Dark Age Book Four #3, 4
Astro City #2, 3, 18

Event Timeline


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.

Alongside the rest of Honor Guard, he laid siege to the Skullcrushers' secret base in Ecuador. He coordinated between the team and the E.A.G.L.E. troops who were also on the scene. ("Mistakes")

His engineering skills were put to use when he rebuilt Beautie after she was shattered by the Silver Brain's Sledgehamsters at some point.

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.