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Quote1 You're too late to save your lady friend G.L.! In one second the bomb will explode and Carol Ferris will simply go to pieces. Quote2
-- Conrad Bloch src

Conrad Bloch is a brilliant pilot and co-founder of Ferris Aircraft along with his childhood friend Carl Ferris. The two men shared the dream of creating Ferris-Bloch Air-Cargo, Ltd. Carl was the businessman and Bloch was a pilot. The partners; business thrived and became a success. The two men were exact opposites; Carl was hard and continually worked at building up the company, while Conrad enjoyed his free time, womanizing and drinking.

Conrad met and married his wife Edith and they had two sons, Jason and Benjamin. Carl eventually could not take Conrad's behavaiour any more and presented him with figures showing how he was making all the money while Conrad did nothing. Conrad pleaded with Carl and but Carl gave his friend only seven days to meet their agreement. He was unable to and the company was renamed Ferris Aircraft, with Bloch fired.

Conrad was nearly bankrupt; he turned to drink and took his anger out on his wife. This lasted for three years before she left him. He went on a binge and passed out in a street gutter; the doctors were able to save him and it took a month for him to detox.

When he was ready to leave the hospital, he tried to start his life again. He gained enough money to buy into a small air-cargo company Bloch Air, Inc., which took years to develop. Eventually, it could compete with Ferris Aircraft. His sons Benjamin and Jason worked hard to build the company and began investing money in the designs for a solar jet.

However, it was bad news as Ferris Aircraft had already received the government contracts for the jet. This bankrupted the company and drove Conrad mad. He decided to blow up the prototype but when he set the bomb it triggered and destroyed the plane with him inside. The explosion badly burned his face. Now horribly scarred, Bloch returned to destroy the Ferris testing facility while one of his sons, Jason Bloch, a corrupt Congressional Rep in Washington, used blackmail to attempt to cut off government contracts for Ferris Aircraft.

Unfortunately for Conrad Boch, Green Lantern interfered with his bombing campaign, even while the villain forced Carol Ferris to cooperate by strapping a bomb on her person to threaten her. Furthermore, Carol's bomb was solar-powered, which meant that there was too much yellow energy to allow Green Lantern to simply use his ring to find her. However, Hal Jordan and Thomas Kalmaku enlisted the aid of Bruce Gordon who developed a tracking device instead to home in on that weapon.

Thus Green Lantern was able to find the Ferris family being held prisoner by Conrad Bloch. Faced against a superhero of such power, Bloch attempted to remotely detonate Carol's bomb for an act of suicidal revenge. However, Green Lantern contained him in a forcefield to block the remote control's transmission and the signal blockage feedback caused the device to explode in his hand.

That incident fatally wounded Bloch and he died a month later in custody with his sons, Frank and Benjamin Bloch, swearing revenge on Green Lantern as per their father's dying plea. [1]


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  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985–86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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