Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Key Comics Part 6

It's going to be really interesting to see what villains they pluck from Hawkman's mythos for the Legends of Tomorrow TV series, if there's any. In my opinion, Hawkman hasn't really been blessed with the greatest of villains.

Sure, there's some that do recur quite often, but even in the Silver Age and Bronze Age, there aren't really any high caliber villains for Hawkman or Hawkgirl. I wouldn't doubt it if they use Dr. Hastor or Hath-Set for an episode or two.

As for any others, I have no idea, but I wouldn't doubt if they used some obscure ones as well. Many of these Hawkman and Hawkgirl key comics in Part 6 are pretty much over-looked or just not cared for much in the current market yet. There is an exception of a minimal few however.

Sure, some should be important especially pertaining to Hawkgirl or Shareya Hol, and we'll finally see the comic in which she joins the Justice League of America in the next batch of Hawkman key comics. We'll also see the reintroduction of Golden Age Hawkgirl as well.

So, click this link if you missed Part 5, but if you're ready to continue onward, let's take a look at these key Hawkman and Hawkgirl issues.

2nd appearance of Shadow-Thief

Shadow-Thief makes his second appearance in comics as a foe for the Silver Age Hawkman & Hawkgirl. Once again, Shadow-Thief would be a recurring villain for the winged wonders, though not entirely a major villain in the DC Comics universe.

Shadow-Thief is an early Silver Age villain for Katar Hol and made his first appearance in Brave and the Bold #36, a comic that also contains the 3rd appearances of Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Overstreet notes this comic, so I guess I'll feature it here as well. Hawkman #5 was published January, 1965.

1st appearance of Lion Mane

The character of Lion Mane has gone through several incarnations, but this is the Edward Dawson version. This version of Lion Mane would be a recurring foe of Hawkman and Hawkgirl. He would even go up against Wonder Woman on occasion.

So in his Silver Age appearances, Edward Dawson was an archaeologist and big game hunter. On one of his adventures, he would stumble upon a strange, mystical meteor called Mithra.

When touched, the strange Mithra turned Dawson into a were-lion. While still having feral tendencies, Dawson retained most of his mind while in Lion Mane form but the instinct or urges to kill often overcomes him.

Another incarnation of Lion Mane would be Karen Ramis, but she would short-lived as the character. She would appear as the character during the mid-90s. Hawkman #20 was published July, 1967.

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1st appearance of Copperhead

Copperhead is more of a Batman villain than a Hawkman or Hawkgirl villain. However, Copperhead has allied himself with Shadow-Thief and Tigress to battle the winged duo on several occasions.

Not an overly major Hawkman villain, but like the Golden Age, the Silver Age rogues gallery for Hawkman wasn't overly impressive either. No doubt that Hawkman's mythos expanded during this time with the whole alien bit, but this era didn't capitalize on giving him and Hawkgirl classic or remarkable foes worth remembering.

That's pretty evident with the first appearances of villains in the early issues of the first Hawkman series. They just didn't have much staying power or weren't very interesting. Just my opinion though.

June, 1968 is the publishing date for Brave and the Bold #78.

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Atom title changes

Both the Atom and Hawkman titles struggled during the later part of the Silver Age. Hawkman's first series ended with issue #27 in September of the same year.

Hoping to boost interest by integrating the two heroes into one comic, the Atom comic series was changed to Atom & Hawkman beginning with this issue. They would share the headline and star in team up stories concerning this change in format.

Although this series would further expand on the great friendship between Ray Palmer and Katar Hol, this tactic would ultimately fail and only last a couple of issues longer. Atom & Hawkman's Silver Age run would only last until issue #45.

However, Geoff Johns did revive the title in the one-shot issue of #46 in 2010. Atom & Hawkman #39 was published November, 1968.

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1st Silver Age appearance of Gentleman Ghost

Back from the Golden Age graveyard is Gentleman Ghost, and one of the more recurring Hawkman villains makes his Silver Age debut in this comic right here. Still, after all this time, Hawkman isn't convinced that Jim Craddock is a real Ghost.

The story would continue in issue #44, and that issue would make it the 2nd appearance of Gentleman Ghost in the Silver Age. Atom and Hawkman #43 was published July, 1969.

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JSA gets own comic series since G.A.
1st appearance of Power Girl

If we're talking about important keys pertaining to the Golden Age Carter Hall Hawkman, All-Star Comics #58 is definitely one since the character is famously known as a Justice Society of America member. Continuing the numbering sequence that the JSA left off in All-Star Comics back in the Golden Age, this comic title is revived and continues the adventures of the first Golden Age super-hero team.

Before this, the Justice Society of America were basically supporting characters and frequented the pages of the Justice League of America whenever Earth One or Earth Two had some kind of crisis going on. Golden Age Hawkgirl or Shiera Sanders has not been brought back yet or in this issue, but it will be this revived All-Star Comics title in which she does.

Also, as mentioned a few times on this site, the first appearance of Power Girl is in this issue. This book is still gaining heat from when I talked about it late last year.

Probably since many speculators are gunning after first appearances of popular female heroines and villains due to the boost in female readership. Actually, it's not a bad idea in my humble opinion. All-Star Comics #58 was published February, 1976.

1st appearance Shiera Sanders since Golden Age

Okay, the character of Shiera Sanders does appear in Secret Origins #1 back in 1973, but that story in that comic is a reprint of a Golden Age Flash Comics story. I don't really think that should count.

So, since Sheira Sanders actually appears in this all new story, All-Star Comics #62 sees the first Modern appearance of G.A. Shiera Sanders. I am not sure if she is suited up in her Hawkgirl outfit or not, but she would suit up as Hawkgirl within the All-Star Comics series.

However, this series would not last very long and end after only 14 or so issues. Shiera and Carter Hall are already married in this issue, and All-Star Comics #62 was published October, 1976.

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Hawkgirl joins JLA

Wow, can we say finally? So, finally, Hawkgirl as Shayera Hol gets her due and joins the most famous super-hero team in the world of DC Comics. For a long time, Hawkgirl was regulated as a supporting character for the comic series.

Much like the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Justice League of America seemed to have the same rule that barred membership of anyone who had the same super-powers of an existing member. In this story, Hawkman finally stands up for his women and challenges the Justice League's rule.

Shayera Hol as Hawkgirl is inducted into the ranks of the JLA, and this is a pretty momentous event for the Silver Age Hawkgirl. Definitely one of the more significant Hawkgirl key issues to consider.

September, 1977 is the publishing date for Justice League of America #146.

Hawkman backup feature begins in titled series

After the Atom & Hawkman comic series folded, the Silver Age Hawkman & Hawkgirl were pretty much home in the pages of the Justice League of America, but had sporadic appearances in other character's titles here and there.

They really didn't have an on-going feature of just their stories. They did have a short stint in Showcase #101 through #103 in 1978 which saw Hyathis became queen of Thanagar like I mentioned in an earlier post.

Kanjar Ro, Shadow-Thief, and even Byth are involved in this story line, which revolves around Hyathis trying to invade Rann, the home world of Adam Strange. However, the winged wonders finally got their own on-going feature when they were plopped in the pages of World's Finest Comics with this issue.

World's Finest Comics #256 was published May, 1979.

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Hawkman #6 through #11 do have first appearance of some extremely minor villains, and I did neglect not to feature them because of it. During this time Hawkman was a well-known Justice League member and it seemed that both him and Hawkgirl served better in the pages of that titled comic.

However, him as solo character struggled and he was shifted around quite a bit. As I mentioned before, this probably had to do with the lack of substantial or interesting villains.

Hawkman would not get another self-titled until the Copper Age of comics. Anyways, more Hawkman and Hawkgirl key comics coming soon.


Monday, August 31, 2015

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Key Issues Part 5

Well, one thing for certain concerning most Hawkman key issues during the Silver Age, they are easier to find online than opposed to the Golden Age Hawkman goodies. So, onward with the Hawkman key issues and Hawkgirl key issues.

Part 5 will mainly focus on Hawkman key comics for several reasons as you'll soon find out. Hawkgirl is still a major supporting character for Katar Hol, but these keys during the Silver Age are definitely more geared towards Hawkman. 

There are some great Silver Age keys in this Part and many of you have already seen some of them on other key issues list. Those ones already seen before will be slightly bent towards the super-heroes in question for this series. 

So, yes, many will have different key notations than previously seen. Alright, as usual, this Part 4 link will bring you back. If you're ready to explore further, here are more Hawkman and Hawkgirl key comics.

1st appearance G.A. Hawkman in Silver Age
1st appearance JSA in Silver Age

This is the 2nd Golden Age Flash cross-over in the Silver Age. The first was in Flash #123, and Silver Age Flash would be an important title in bringing in many of the Golden Age heroes of Earth-Two.

The Flash #129 sees the first appearance of the JSA in the Silver Age. It is a cameo bit and in flashback but one of the characters is of course Carter Hall, the Golden Age Hawkman.

So the Golden Age Hawkman isn't really revived in this issue since he is seen only in flashback, but this issue sets up for the actual G.A. Hawkman to actively appear or interact soon. With the Golden Age Carter Hall cast and ready for live action in Arrow, the Flash, and Legends of tomorrow, this may be one of the Hawkman key issues to set your sights on.

Jay Garrick will be joining the Flash TV series as well. There is also another to keep an out for and that's the issue coming up next. The Flash #129 was published June, 1962.

1st full G.A. Hawkman in S.A.?
2nd appearance of G.A. Hawkman in Silver Age?
G.A. Hawkman rejoins JSA

Either this is the 2nd appearance of the Golden Age Hawkman or it's the 1st full appearance of the character in the Silver Age. Not entirely sure about that but I suppose it could go either way. G.A. Carter Hall is actually physically in this story and not just in a flashback, so I could see it as being a full appearance.

Other than this also being the 1st meeting between the G.A. Hawkman and the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen, the end of this issue also sees the JSA members come out of retirement and reform. Therefore, G.A. Hawkman and his JSA comrades rejoin the Justice Society of America

Another important Hawkman key issue in the Silver Age, and The Flash #137 was published June, 1963. This comic is the 3rd G.A. Flash cross-over, and the Golden Age Hawkgirl Shiera Sanders is not revived during the Silver Age.


1st appearance of Hyathis
1st appearance of Kanjar Ro
1st appearance of Kromm
1st appearance of Sayyar

Created by Gardner Fox and Mike Sekowsky, both Hyathis and Kanjar Ro have become notable Hawkman foes throughout the years.

A lot of firsts for this 3rd issue of Justice League of America. It seems the JLA get caught in the middle of an interstellar conflict between planetary monarchs of the Antares solar system.

Hyathis is the queen of Alstair. The ruler of the insect-like peoples of Dhor is Kanjar Ro. Another monarch is Sayyar who is the ruler of the lizard-like people of Llar, and Kromm, a metal skinned ruler of the planet Mosteel.

Kanjar Ro is the Justice League of America's main nemesis in this issue. However, all these villains and their worlds make their first appearances in this issue also. 

In the Hawkworld comic series, Kanjar Ro was reintroduced as a plotting bureaucrat in the Thanagarian Ministry of Alien Affairs. As for Hyathis, she would also be greatly involved in the mythos of Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl by turning many Thanagarians into a warlike people that desired to conquer Rann or Rannagar.

Justice League of America #3 was published February, 1961.

G.A. Hawkman meets the Justice League of America

Kinda interesting that the Golden Age Hawkman would appear in the Silver Age before Katar Hol even joined the Justice League of America on Earth One. Interesting indeed.

So I've talked about this story event in quite a few DC Comics key issues already, and this is when the Earth One Justice League of America meet the Earth Two Justice Society of America. The first time Golden Age Carter Hall meets the Earth One Justice League of America is in this issue and within the story "Crisis on Earth One."

Fans wanted it and DC Comics delivered. The Golden Age heroes are revived during this Silver Age era and the Justice League of America meet the Justice Society of America for the first time in comics. Justice League of America #21 was published August, 1963.

1st appearance of I.Q.
1st appearance of I.Q. gang
3rd Hawkman try-out series

Boy, Hawkman sure got quite a few try-out series during the Silver Age, and after Brave and the Bold, the double feature of Hawkman and Adam Strange begins with this issue in the pages of Mystery in Space. Hawkman stories would not last very long in this titled comic however.

So the first Hawkman and Hawkgirl adventure in Mystery in Space sees the first appearance of I.Q and his gang. I.Q is a recurring foe of Hawkman and Hawkgirl and was created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino.

In this first appearance, Ira Quimby's intelligence was heightened after being exposed to a rock that had been irradiated by one of Adam Strange's Zeta Beams. He is a super-genius in the world of DC Comics and has battled other super-heroes over the years as well.

Mystery in Space #87 was published November, 1963.

1st Hawkman & Adam Strange team up
Last Hawkman feature in titled series

Although Hawkman and Adam Strange have met prior to this issue, Mystery in Space #90 is the first time the super-heroes team up. It's noted by Overstreet as the 1st Hawkman & Adam Strange team up, but this should include Hawkgirl as well.

So the heroes team up against Oran Dargg, who used Zeta-Beam technology to transport the planet Earth into Rann's orbit and threatened to have the two worlds collide. This ruse would only be stopped unless Rann declared him ruler of the planet.

I don't think Oran Dargg is a major villain in the world of DC Comics, but this first team up is a classic. This issue also sees the last Hawkman backup feature, and the winged hero would finally get to headline his first self-titled comic book series. Mystery in Space #90 was published March, 1964.

1st self-titled on-going comic series
1st appearance of Chac

Finally, Hawkman gets his due and stars in his own comic series. This was not a very long-lived series though and only lasted 27 issues.

So in the 2nd featured story, "Master of the Sky Weapons", the character of Chac is introduced, but he's not a major villain for Hawkman. Chac is the ruler of an Ancient Aztec tribe in the Yucatan and is several hundred years old.

A long long time ago, he found an alien ship that had crash landed and with it extremely advanced and powerful weapons. He used these weapons to take over and rule his people with an iron fist.

Chac also found a potion that could extend his life, but when his people grew tired of him, they overthrew him and used a potion on him that caused amnesia. Thus, Chac finds himself in this story in Hawkman #1.

Chac doesn't appear that often after this issue, so pretty much a minor villain all around. Hawkman #1 was published May, 1964.

1st appearance of Zatanna
Origin of Zatanna

One of the few major first appearances in the actual first ever Hawkman self-titled series is this one, and the character of Zatanna has been a pretty popular female super-heroine in the DC Universe. Lots of ladies cosplay this magical hottie. Valerie Perez is an amazing Zatanna, but then again, she looks amazing for a lot characters she cosplays.

So this is the first appearance of Zatanna in Hawkman #4, and it's widely known in the market as it should be. Her first appearance in this issue kicks off the classic storyline "Zatanna's Search", and it runs through several other comic titles. Here are the issues in which this story appears:

  1. Hawkman #4
  2. Atom #19
  3. Green Lantern #42 volume 2
  4. Detective Comics #336 (appears as the Witch)
  5. Detective Comics #355
  6. Justice League of America #51

Zatanna Zatara is the daughter of Giovanni “John” Zatara and Sindella, and she is a part of the magical and mystical Homo Magi race in DC Comics. A descendant of Leonardo da Vinci, Nostradamus; Alessandro Cagliostro; the noted alchemists Nicholas Flamel and Evan Fulcanelli; and Lord Arion of Atlantis, she is an extremely powerful magician and well-known member of the Justice League of America.

Zatanna is perhaps my 2nd favorite female super hero in DC Comics, and it's surprising that she has yet to make a live action appearance yet. However, I believe it's only a matter of time, and Zatanna will get her due soon enough.

November, 1964 is the publishing date for Hawkman #4, and this is definitely one to get long-term.

Hawkman joins team

Here we are finally. Hawkman Katar Hol joins the ranks of the famed Justice League of America and becomes a well-known and prominent, long-standing member of this popular DC Comics super-hero team.

Definitely not one to miss for any Hawkman fan. Hawkgirl does not become a member of the JLA for a long time. She would join the team during the Bronze Age though.

November, 1964 is the publishing date for Justice League of America #31, and this is one of the must-have Hawkman key issues for any fan of the character.

Plenty Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl key issues to see and consider in Part 5, and we ended it with a pretty major key for the character. Unfortunately, Hawkgirl did not join the JLA along with her mate.

I think I'll keep this outra short and sweet. Click the PART 6 link to carry on. Good luck on your hunt and hope this key comics series has helped you out so far.