26 years ago - 16-year-old David Hyde is recruited by H.I.V.E., who wipe out his previous identity so that he can become one of their weapon designers. he takes the name Black Manta.
25 years ago - 22-year-old Eric Needham is dishonorably discharged for his drug habit. He is poached by H.I.V.E. for its operative program, who use his drug addiction to build an augmented adrenal system.
21 years ago - 21-year-old Black Manta kills his H.I.V.E. handlers & steals his ship, the Devil Ray. He becomes a pirate, raiding the seas to expand his technology to challenge Atlantis.
19 years ago - 28-year-old Eric Needham, released from the abandoned H.I.V.E. operative program, begins working as an enforcer for the mob of Star City.