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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Key Issues Part 3

More Golden Age key issues will be explored for Hawkman and Hawkgirl. Well, mainly Hawkman since Hawkgirl did ride shotgun and a lot of times the backseat if we're talking about All-Star Comics. 

We do have some interesting key issues near the end of Part 3. Actually, one in particular is an odd one for sure, but once you read why it's on here, it will make some sense. It's a weird one that only current writers and retcons can achieve. 

So, this Part 2 link will bring you back if need be, but if you're all good, here's more Hawkman and Hawkgirl key issues for ya!

Flash COmics #52 comic cover
1st appearance of Hummingbird

I really don't think Hawkman and Hawkgirl had that many recurring villains during the Golden Age, and if he did, these baddies didn't show up very often. Anyway, Hestor Morgan was a winging jewel thief that turned to crime due to sexism in her field as an ornithologist.

Although her career as a Hawkman and Hawkgirl enemy during the Golden Age is pretty much a one-off like most villains of the winged warriors during this time, her character or the character of Hummingbird would be revamped and brought back in the Modern Age as a Hawkman villain. The new version is not Hestor Morgan though. 

Flash Comics #52 was published April, 1944.

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Big All-American Comic Book comic cover
1st Joe Kubert Hawkman artwork

When they said "Big" in the title, they meant it. This comic was printed during World War II, so paper was need for the war effort.

This one-shot is 132 pages and has various writers and artists that worked on the stories. This comic has a multitude of characters contained in it's pages. They were all new stories as well and not reprints.

One of the up and coming artists was Joe Kubert, and he would make his mark as a legendary and fan-favorite Hawkman and Hawkgirl comic artist back in the day. This issue would feature the story "A Hot Time in the Old Town", and it would be the very first time Joe Kubert would do published artwork for Hawkman.

From here, he would pencil and draw covers for both Flash Comics and All-Star Comics for the winged warriors. This should be an important Hawkman and Hawkgirl key issue since Joe Kubert would be widely known for his talent on the Golden Age Hawkman comic adventures.

The Big All-American Comic Book was published December, 1944.

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Flash Comics #62 cover image
Joe Kubert art on Hawkman begins

This issue marks the famous run that Joe Kubert had on the Hawkman feature and would become the regular artist for the character. Kubert would also pencil Hawkman in All-Star Comics as we will soon see.

Joe Kubert is the 2nd fan-favorite artist for the character of Hawkman, and takes up the reigns after Sheldon Moldoff departs. Moldoff's last Hawkman issue is the prior issue before this one.

February, 1945 is the publishing date for Flash Comics #62, and is definitely a Golden Age goodie.

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Flash Comics #63 comic book cover
1st Joe Kubert Hawkman cover?
1st Joe Kubert Hawman cover for titled comic

The Big All-American Comic Book one-shot had a cover that was done by a montage of comic artists. Joe Kubert might have drawn just Hawkman for that cover or he might of not done anything for that cover at all.

Not entirely sure as there isn't much information about it. If that is not true, then Flash Comics #63 has the first Hawkman cover done by Joe Kubert in comics. If it is true, then this is the 2nd Hawkman cover done by Kubert.

Once again, not sure but it might be. What is known is that this is the 1st Kubert Hawkman cover done for the Flash Comics' series.

It's also the first cover done by Joe Kubert that has Hawkman as the featured super-hero on it. Flash Comics #63 was published March, 1945.

Flash Comics #64 cover pic
1st appearance of the Monocle

Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, the Monocle is a notable Hawkman and Hawkgirl enemy. Although he was not a major foil for the character during the Golden Age, he was revived during the later eras.

The Monocle is business man Johnathan Cheval and was in the field of optics. He unfortunately lost his business due to a criminal scheme and sought revenge on the people who cheated him.

Monocle is the master at creating various lens that can a variety of things like emit energy beams. He is of course caught by Hawkman and sent to prison during the Golden Age. Later, this villain would join the Secret Society of Super-Villains.

The first appearance of the Monocle in Flash Comics #64 was published April, 1945.

Flash Comics Miniature Edition image
1st appearance of the Raven

Two packages of Wheaties Breakfast cereal, and the kiddies back in the day could get this free comic. Well, not free anymore.

So the Raven is obviously not the one from Teen Titans, and this is the only appearance of the Golden Age Earth Two version. However, a different version of this winged villain does show up as a Hawkman villain during the Silver Age.

Like I've mentioned before, Hawkman and Hawkgirl didn't really have that great a stable of villains back in the Golden Age, and this guy doesn't show up too much as a frequent adversary for Carter Hall or Shiera Sanders.

I'm not even sure if the Silver Age version of the Raven is a frequent baddie for the Silver Age Hawkman all that much either. Flash Comics Miniature Edition was published April, 1946.

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Flash Comics #71 pic
1st appearance of Worla
1st appearance of Trata

What would Hawkman be without eventually going up against a race of bird-men? Non-predictable or nonsensical maybe?

In the story "The Land of the Bird People", Hawkman discovers a race of bird people from Feithera. In discovering this hidden city, he would meet Worla, the leader of the bird people.

Hawkman would also meet the villainous Trata, who had formed an alliance with hunters that traveled to Feithera purely to hunt his species. Trata's goal was to overthrow Worla and conquer Feithera with himself as ruler.

In exchange for the hunter's aid, this traitor agreed to provide some of his own people for sport. Worla and Trata aren't exactly major supporting characters or villains, but they do show up later in the Infinity Inc series when it was penciled by none other than Todd McFarlane.

Also, it's worth knowing that the character of Northwind from the Infinity Inc team is from the hidden city of Feithera. Northwind is somewhat tied to the Hawkman mythos.

Worla and Trata were created by Joe Kubert, and Flash Comics #71 was published May, 1946.

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All Star Comics #37 comic cover
1st appearance of Injustice Society
Last Kubert Hawkman

If the greatest heroes can form a Justice Society of America, it's only reasonable that that the worlds greatest super-villains would form the Injustice Society of the World. All-Star Comics #37 sees the first appearance of this team, and it is a team that would be carried over into later comic eras.

The first incarnation of this team featured the JSA's greatest villains, and they were Brain Wave, Vandal Savage, Wizard, Thinker, Gambler and Per Degaton. Individually, many of these characters would also be revived into later comic eras as well.

All-Star Comics #37 was published October, 1947.

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Flash Comics #88 comic cover
1st appearance of Gentleman Ghost

Gentleman Ghost is one of the very few villains of Hawkman that actually recurred a few times during the Golden Age to battle our winged hero. He is definitely a notable Hawkman villain even today.

In this first appearance, he is only known or referred to as the Ghost. Created by Robert Kanigher and Joe Kubert, Gentlemen Ghost is Jim Craddock, and his origin is deeply tied to Carter Hall, and we'll soon get to that.

In this issue, Hawkman wonders if the Ghost really is dead spirit or not, and as most fans know, he really is and a reincarnation of Khufu has a hand in why that is. Flash Comics #88 was published October, 1947, and Gentlemen Ghost would even be a villain for the Silver Age or Earth One Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

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Flash Comics #98 comic book
New Hawkman costume

Okay, this technically really isn't a new costume per say. Actually, Joe Kubert slightly changed Hawkman's cowl a bit.

Instead of the winged mask, Kubert lopped off the wings and made the cowl's look simpler. In my opinion, it's not that great of change from the iconic Hawkman mask that we are all familiar with, and when the character was revamped during the Silver Age, the winged cowl would return and rightfully so.

This look would carry over into All-Star Comics as well, and the first so-called new Hawkman costume first seen in that title is All-Star Comics #42. Though the two have the same publishing month, this Flash Comics #98 was released earlier and thus first seen by readers in this issue here.

Flash Comics #98 was published August, 1948.

Western Comics #5 cover
1st appearance of Nighthawk

What? How is this western comic related to Hawkman or Carter Hall?

Well, blame it on all the future writers retconning stuff and making things infinitely more confusing, especially with the character of Carter Hall. However, it does make sense since Carter Hall is a reincarnation of the Egyptian prince Khufu, right?

So Nighthawk or Hannibal Hawkes is a gunslinger from the Old West, and he makes his first appearance in this issue right here. If you haven't caught on yet, Hawkes is a reincarnation of Khufu as well.

Oh, no, they didn't? Yes, they sure did. So Carter Hall and Hannibal Hawkes are from the same spirit and are in the lineage of the various reincarnations for the character. In terms of Gentleman Ghost, Nighthawk is the apparent killer of Jim Craddock (once again retconned in more recent times). 

Gentleman Ghost learns that his spirit has to wander the Earth until the spirit of his killer has passed and moved onto the next plane of existence. Well, since Hath-Set killed both Khufu and Shiera with the dagger made from Nth metal and their souls are intertwined to be reincarnated together presumably forever, Gentleman Ghost pretty much can't move onto the next plane either.

No wonder he's pissed at Carter Hall. So whether you think this is lame or not, Hannibal Hawkes as Nighthawk is part of the Golden Age Hawkman mythos.

I think the first comic to give a nod to Carter Hall being reincarnated from Hannibal Hawkes is Hawkman #29 volume 3, which begins the two-part story arc "Voices of Descent". The connection is truly made clear later in Hawkman #7 volume 4 (2002) which tells the story of how Hannibal Hawkes meets an alive Jim Craddock.

So, just to clear up some confusion about Carter Hall, Nighthawk, and Gentleman Ghost, Western Comics #5 was published October, 1948.

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All Star Comics #57 comic
Last appearance of G.A. Hawkman

Okay, it technically isn't the last appearance of the Golden Age Hawkman, but it is for the era. Of course, the Carter Hall version would be revived during the Silver Age when DC Comics established the multi-verse concept of Earth Two and Earth One.

This issue would also see the last appearances of Green Lantern, Flash, and Dr. Midnite in the Golden Age as well, and this comic is the last Golden Age issue of All-Star Comics though it would be revived during the Bronze Age. The title's numbering would continue where this issue left off.

As I've mentioned many times in other DC Comics key issues that had Golden Age heroes, the super-hero genre had fallen out of favor during this time, and all the publishing companies would start focusing on other genres.

Horror comics would soon rise and take over the market during the later Golden Age, and the demand for super-heroes was minimal among comic fans then. I believe the last appearance of Hawkgirl during the Golden Age is in Flash Comics #103, but not 100% certain.

Extremely over-looked Golden Age and Hawkman key issue currently, All-Star Comics #57 was published March, 1951.

Most of Hawkman and Hawkgirl key issues from the Golden Age were in Flash Comics, and since Jay Garrick will be in the new Flash series, these Golden Age Flash Comics shouldn't be that over-looked or neglected currently since Carter Hall will also be making his live action debut soon. However, this market is more likely inclined to gun for Jay Garrick's Silver Age appearances instead of some good ole Golden Age ones.

Most likely Garrick's 1st Silver Age appearance in Flash #123, the "Flash of Two Worlds", will be even more super hot to hunt for, which would honestly make sense. It is a super important comic.

Anyways, in terms of Hawkman or Hawkgirl key comics, Golden Age key issues for his rogues gallery is pretty thin.

Not a whole lot of classic villains unlike Batman's rogues during this era. Gentleman Ghost is one of the few that came out from the Golden Age. 

So, we are wrapping it up with the Golden Age key issues concerning Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders. Part 4 will obviously be hitting up the Silver Age, so just click the link below to continue.


  1. Hey big M,

    thanks for the info on that Hawkman character. Was not to intimate with him in the past. Anyhow, I know you are not exactly a lover of modern comics, but on go collect to great representatives of that era are going toe to toe right now in terms of market activity: New Mutants 98 and Amazing Spiderman 300. So I would like to ask which one of them would win in an investment battle. Right now NM 98 in 9,2 and AS 300 in 9,4 are set at about 270 bucks. Just an idea for a great article...

    Speculation Jones

    1. You guys really like that comic vs comic thing sorta dealie, don't cha. Cool. I'll have to look into it and come out with some data and compare the two Copper Age keys. Sounds interesting, I do agree says Yoda in the background. I would call ya Big Jones, but that sounds like a porno name, so how about Mighty Jones?

  2. Don' t know about the future, but concerning the past New Mutants 98 was a monster performer. Six years ago, you could get a 9,8 copy for 270 bucks. And now that copy will cost you...

  3. ... about 650 bucks, according to go collect. Thats a total plus of 380 $. Not bad.

    Max Rebo

  4. Ok, please tell me where I can find a NM98 for 650??? I would like two please! Unless I am doing something wrong when I look on GoCollect, and correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it more accurate to look at the 3 month average instead of the 24 month average? By looking at the 3 month, NM is beating ASM in all grades 9.2-9.6, but in 9.8, Spidey is $120 higher . Both books are incredibly hot, and both will see jumps in price when the deadpool movie comes out and Spidey makes his debut in the MCU. And unlike other flavor of the month movie books, both these books are backed by very popular characters with longevity. I have been surprised by how much Harley Quinn's first appearance has sky-rocketed though. Craziness!

    1. I'd like 4, but at $250. Naw, scratch that $40 bucks! Boy am I living in the past. I'm not all that surprised about Harley Quinn to be of the most over-cosplayed DC characters, but I still get a kick out of seeing them at cons. X-23 though and the current boost in demand I am surprised at though it was one of the only Modern firsts I recommend a year or so ago.

  5. Hi,

    I' m not to firm with gocollect. Maybe Mayhem knows about that. Anyhow, I agree that both books are superhot. I' m happy to own a nice copy of AS 300 and will not rest till I have a good looking NM 98 in my clutches - allthough I fear concerning art and story it is far inferior to that Spiderman book. You just want it because it has that first appearance of Deadpool in it. Period (Sorry Rob Liefeld ;-)

    Max Rebo

    1. You may have a point there Mr. Rebo. Quite a few aren't all that impressed with Liefeld's art, but there a lot that do like Deadpool. As for McFarlane, a lot of fans of his artwork, and that would be the determining factor for me (in my most humble of opinions) why I'd choose an ASM #300 over a NM #98. But that's just in a fan sense. I'd have to look up the actual performance of both books throughout the decades in order to give a comic investment opinion or view.