Now, there’s no way Mattel would ever actually do this, but they legally could if they wanted to!
No, it’s not a "What if The Punisher Married Superman and had a Baby…" It’s The Black Terror. A character from the Golden Age of Comics, created way back in 1941 by Nedor Comics.
If you’ve already heard of him, it may be because of Alex Ross’ Project: Superpowers. But, the thing is, Alex Ross doesn’t OWN The Black Terror or any of the other Nedor Heroes…
NO ONE DOES! It’s a beautiful thing called Public Domain. You see, the rights on The Black Terror and quite a few other Golden Age characters have lapsed, so anyone can use the names and characters!
Now if you do, your specific version is yours (hence Alex Ross’ re-designs of the characters in his book). But you can’t prevent anyone else from using the name and basic character story and concept!
So, Mattel COULD in fact make a DCUC style figure of The Black Terror!
Now, sure, there’s a million other reasons why not; too obscure, unsure how to market it, unwillingness to dillute the DC brand, sheer terror of the geekiness and unconventionality or the idea, etc, etc, etc.
But for at least a few fans out there, it would be an awesome item!
And though it will in all likelihood never happen, this also shows how great the 4 Horsemen’s DCUC base body design works for non-DC characters!
As for my custom, the recipe is pretty simple. It’s actually a DCSH Black Costume Superman figure, with some minor sculpting addtions, a cut down cape, spit curl removed and repainted (this custom was done a year or so ago, so if I were doing it again today, I’d probalby use a Black Manta Body and save myself the trouble of dremelling off Supes boots…)
‘Til Next Time!