Desmond Powell is a resident of Central City, Missouri. After returning home from the Korean War, Desmond Powell noticed a rise in criminal activities and grew frustrated with the organized crime and corrupt administration of Central City. He donned a black trench coat, hat, mask and goggles to hide his identity and skin color, and fought crime as the Nightshade. Armed with a tranquilizer gun and an armored car, the Nightshade battled mobsters like Derek Bohannan, run-of-the mill criminals, hit men like the Aviator and high-tech criminals like the Ghost. One night in 1955, the Ghost was seemingly killed when the villain’s headquarters burned down, however as the fire consumed his headquarters, he had hidden in a cryogenic chamber. Powell began to understand the toll his secret life was taking. His health was failing, his fiancee had left him, and his family life was falling apart. He finally gave it all up. The Nightshade’s costume, weapons, and trophies collected dust in his warehouse headquarters for 35 years, and Powell pursued a career in medicine. In 1990, the Ghost resurfaced after being frozen for 35 years. When he again threatened the city, the Nightshade came out of retirement to stop him, this time with the help of Central City’s new hero, the Flash. A few months after the Ghost’s return, a new vigilante appeared, calling himself the Deadly Nightshade. He patterned his costume after the original Nightshade, but with glowing red goggles. Using actual bullets, the Deadly Nightshade embarked on a campaign murdering criminals. Powell came out of retirement again to clear his name, and the Flash joined him once again. Together, they learned that the new Nightshade was philanthropist Curtis Bohannan. Bohannan had spent his life making up for the actions of his father, a mob boss whom the original Nightshade had put away. “Inspired” by the Nightshade’s brief reappearance, he decided atonement wasn’t enough. He would wipe out the criminal stain from Central City, starting with his father’s surviving associates. Bohannan used his fortune to build a high-tech lair and to acquire weapons he might need in case the Flash did not join him in his crusade. Powell’s secret identity came to light during the investigation, and he was briefly jailed as a suspect. He and the Flash fought the Deadly Nightshade, and in the end, the original Nightshade shot the impostor with a tranquilizer dart. The affair left Powell with publicity, a book deal, movie offers and a chance to finally put the past behind him, as he considered cleaning out his old trophy room.
- 1950's sedan: The interior is fitted with steel plates to provide armor.
- Tranquilizer Gun: Nightshade used tranquilizer darts to incapacitate criminals.