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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Key Issues Part 4

If you're more into Silver Age key issues and a Hawkman or Hawkgirl comic fan, then Part 4 is definitely more your taste. So, on the menu for this one is pretty obvious if you've been following a long this Hawkman & Hawkgirl key issues series.

Of course, we got the 1st Silver Age appearances of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and that's pretty much a given. However, a bigger mythos for the S.A. Hawkman and Hawkgirl definitely evolves for the characters during this era, so we will be seeing more substantial villains and their first appearances during this era.

So it's getting a bit more interesting. Part 3 was the previous part, and you can click that link to soar on back in case you missed it. Other wise, here's more Hawkman key issues and Hawkgirl key issues. Enjoy!

1st appearance & origin of S.A. Hawkman
1st appearance & origin of S.A. Hawgirl
1st appearance & origin of Byth Rok
1st appearance of George Emmet & Mavis Trent

During the Silver Age revival, Hawkman's character was revamped much like the Flash and Green Lantern. Gardner Fox, creator of the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, returns to this character as does Joe Kubert.

Instead of the whole Egyptian and reincarnation thing, the Silver Age version of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are from an alien planet called Thanagar, and they are Katar Hol and Shayera Hol. Like the original version, Katar Hol is the prince of his homeworld.

Unlike the original version, both Katar and Shayera are already married in their initial first appearance and both are Thanagar police officers who travel to Earth to capture a Thanagar criminal known as Byth Rok. This villain would be the first recurring baddie for the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

In this story, they arrive in the city of Midway and meet Midway's police commissioner George Emmett. Fascinated that Katar and Shayera are alien police officers, Emmett hooks up the pair with the aliases of Carter Hall and Shiera Hall and a job as curators at the local museum.

From the job at the museum, they meet more supporting characters for the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl like Mavis Trent, who is an archaeologist at the museum. Mavis Trent was immediately smitten with Katar and would flirt with him, oblivious to the fact that her colleagues were in fact married aliens.

Her character would produce the classic love triangle element in the Silver Age Hawkman stories. Although the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl aren't being used for the live action TV series, this in no way impedes the fact that the first appearances of Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl in Brave and the Bold #34 is a valuable and sought out comic without a doubt.

The Silver Age version of this character would definitely encompass a more in-depth and richer mythos than the Golden Age version. The publishing date for Brave and the Bold #34 is March, 1961.

2nd appearance S.A. Hawkman
2nd appearance S.A. Hawgirl
1st appearance of Matter Master

If there is one thing that the Silver Age afforded the winged duo compared to the Golden Age, it's more substantial, recurring villains. Matter Master is the 2nd foe to appear in this era for Katar and Shayera Hol.

So Matter Master can control matter temporarily with a magic wand or what he calls Mentachem. Before inventing this material, Mark Mandrill was an alchemist who tried to turn lead into gold when the compound explodes. Soon after, he discovers that the Mentachem obeys his commands and can transmute, reshape, or levitate any matter.

Definitely a noteworthy villain in the Hawman rogues gallery, and his first appearance is in this issue. Of course, this issue also holds the 2nd appearance of the Silver Age Hawkman and Silver Age Hawkgirl. Brave and the Bold #35 was published April, 1961.

3rd appearance of S.A. Hawkman & Hawkgirl
1st appearance of Shadow-Thief
1st appearance of Thar Dan

Not only do we have the 3rd appearance of the Silver Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl in this issue, we also have another recurring baddie for the two super-heroes. Once again, Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert created this super-villain.

The Shadow Thief or Shadow-Thief is Carl Sands, a petty thief who experimented with Shadows while in jail. Hoping to learn the secrets of becoming a Shadow, Sands somehow tapped into the Xarapion dimension where he came into contact with alien named Thar Dan who is unnamed in this issue.

Thar Dan gave Sands a Dimensiometer and ebony gloves. The Dimensiometer allowed Sands to turn into shadow form while the gloves allowed him to hold objects while in that form.

Thus, Shadow-Thief was born, and this moe-moe would come into conflict with Hawkman and Hawkgirl often. He would even be a foe for the Justice League of America as well. Brave and the Bold #36 was the end for the first try-out series for Silver Age Hawkman, and it was published July, 1961.

4th appearance of Silver Age Hawkman
4th appearance of Silver Age Hawkgirl
1st appearance of Andar Pul
2nd appearance of Byth Rok

Brave and the Bold #42 would begin the 2nd try-out series for the winged warriors as Brave and the Bold was pretty much a comic that would try-out new characters to see how well comic fans took to them. Regardless, this issue would hold the 4th appearance of Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

Traveling back to Thanagar, we meet the chief of police Andar Pul for the first time, and once again Byth Rok is up to no good and makes his 2nd appearance in comics in this issue. This issue would also see Katar Hol earn his helmet wings, and once again revived the iconic Hawkman cowl and look.

Brave and the Bold #42 was published July, 1962.

5th appearance of S.A. Hawkman
5th appearance of S.A. Hawkgirl
1st appearance of Manhawks
1st appearance of Paran Katar

In their initial first appearance, the Manhawks were an alien race of beings that stole valuables from other inhabited worlds. In later versions, the Manhawks ended up being the creations of Satana the Tiger Girl, a Hawkman villain first introduced in the Golden Age.

Who is Paran Katar? He's Hawkman's pops of course. He also discovered the Nth metal on Earth when he was sent there and befriended the Golden Age Carter Hall and Shiera Sanders. 

After the original Hawkman retired, Paran returned to Thanagar and created a military force of Thanagarian Wingmen, who were inspired by the Golden Age Hawkman. 

Of course, all this would be written later long after Paran's first appearance, and his first appearance in comics is in flashback. Brave and the Bold #43 was published September, 1962

6th appearance of S.A. Hawkman
6th appearance of S.A. Hawkgirl
Last of the 2nd try-out Hawkman series
1st appearance of Lansinarians

Issue #44 marks the end of the 2nd Hawkman try-out series, and this would be his and Hawkgirl's 6th appearance in comics. Their are two stories in this issue, and the second story, "The Men Who Moved the World", sees the first appearance of the Lansinarians.

The Lansinarians are part animal and part man, and the characters would resurface later in a Wonder Woman story with the same story title in Wonder Woman #115 volume  2. Not exactly the most major of villains for either super-hero, Brave and the Bold #44 was published November, 1962.

1st Silver Age Hawkman cross-over
1st meeting & team up of Atom & Hawkman

The Flash and Green Lantern would be great buddies for both the Golden Age and Silver Age versions of the characters, and when it comes to the Silver Age version of Hawkman, he would be close friends with Ray Palmer also known as the Atom. The Atom #7 sees the first classic cross-over for the S.A. Hawkman in which he guest-stars in another super-hero's comic and story.

This issue would also be the first meeting and team up between Atom and Hawkman. The Atom #7 was published July, 1963.

Looks like the characters of Hawkman and Hawkgirl didn't quite catch on right away during the super-hero revival of the Silver Age. The last Brave and the Bold try-out series was not the last one for winged warriors. In fact, they would go through a 3rd try-out series in a different title.

You'll find out which one that is if you didn't already know. So, we are in the Silver Age of Hawkman key comics and Hawkgirl key comics, and we will be continuing with the Silver Age goodness in Part 5 for sure.

 More Hawkman key issues and Hawkgirl key issues are Part 5, so just click that link below to carry onward!

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