Dinah Drake-Lance was the original Black Canary and long-time member of the Justice Society of America. She is also the mother of Dinah Laurel Lance, the second Black Canary.


Dinah was trained by her father since she was a small girl in the martial arts and athletics. Her father dreamed she would follow in his footsteps and join the police, but when her application was rejected he died of a broken heart. Dinah used her inheritance to open a florist shop. She still yearned to fight crime so she became the mysterywoman Black Canary. She pretended to be a criminal who robbed other criminals in order to gain underworld contacts and information. She eventually dropped this ruse and joined the JSA.

When the JSA disbanded she married her detective friend Larry Lance and gave birth to a daughter she named Dinah.

The elder and junior Dinahs worked together in a floral shop until the younger Dinah donned the mantle of Black Canary II and joined the JLA. In Black Canary I's last case she helped the JLA defeat Aquarius, but the battle left Larry Lance dead and Canary infected with cancer.

In Secret Origins # 50, Black Canary and her daughter spent time at odds, but they had a deathbed reunion when Canary finally succumbed to cancer.

Powers and Abilities Edit

An expert at hand-to-hand combatant. Sound Manipulation.

In other mediaEdit

She appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Golden Age of Justice!" where she is seen only in flashbacks. One showing her eventually dying after being crushed by debris during a fire. After Wildcat put his regret of being unable to save Dinah Drake behind him. Wildcat raises and takes care of her daughter until she is older enough to carry her mother's legacy by becoming the second Black Canary.

In season four of Arrow, Dinah Laurel Lance took her sisters place on team Arrow as the Black Canary.