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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 in the new DC super-hero TV shows going on. However, I believe it's only a matter of time, and Zatanna will get her due soon enough in maybe an Arrow, Flash or Legends appearance.

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.

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!

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.