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
An expert at hand-to-hand combatant. Sound Manipulation.
In other media
- Dinah Drake appears as Black Canary in a flashback the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "The Golden Age of Justice!". She is shown to have died during a mission and have inspired her daughter to take up the role.
- Two versions of Dinah Drake appear in the Arrowverse, both of which appear in Arrow.
- During seasons one to four, Dinah Lance appears as a guest character, played by Alex Kingston. She is the ex-wife of Quentin Lance and the mother of Laurel Lance and Sara Lance. Unlike the rest of her family, Lance is never involved in vigilantism or crime fighting.
- During seasons five to eight, Dinah Drake serves as the Black Canary, played by Juliana Harkavy. She is a former police officer and metahuman. Drake also appears on The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, during the "Crisis on Earth-X" and "Crisis on Infinite Earths" events.