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Showing posts with label Hawkgirl. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hawkgirl. Show all posts

Oct 20, 2019

Hawkman 80th Celebration: The Best Comic Book Series


Hawkman first appeared in the comics on November 10, 1939, in Flash Comics No. 1. Since then, Hawkman has been featured in eight regular series and several mini-series, back-up features and one-off issues. The Winged Wonder has been written and drawn by many of the greatest writers and artists in comics since the very beginning. Whenever I'm asked to come on a podcast or YouTube video, I'm always asked which series is my favorite. This question is always a tough one because it's impossible to choose just one. As comic book fans, we all have those issues that stay with us through the years. It can be for any reason; the writing, the art, or the characters. But when that special comic comes at a certain time in our lives, it stays with us and becomes a part of our own history. Comics have that kind of magic when it all comes together. As a Hawkfan, there are issues that stand out in my memory. There are series that I enjoyed more than others, and when I want to read my favorite hero again, I instinctively reach for those favorites. For this article, I've chosen the five series that have stayed with me and have remained my favorites over the years. In chronological order;

Sep 22, 2019

Shadow Thief: Villain of Darkness

Shadow Thief by Bill Sienkiewicz
---It seems like some kinda destiny that him (Hawkman) and I are gonna keep runnin' into one another. 
---Shadow Thief 
     Lex Luthor. Joker. Cheetah. Professor Zoom. Black Manta. Sinestro. All of these villains are instantly recognizable to comic book fans as the main adversaries of the DC Comics' superheroes. They constantly, almost too frequently, show up in the comics of the heroes. DC Comics has deemed 2019 as the Year of the Villain, and for the main adversary to fight Hawkman, Shadow Thief was chosen. Many Hawkfans may have chosen Gentleman Ghost, Hath-Set, or Byth as Hawkman's main antagonist. But out of all the Hawk-villains, and there are many, Shadow Thief has the most appearances in the comics over the years. Shadow Thief, along with Gentleman Ghost, are probably the two most famous and popular Hawk-villains. Shadow Thief has made his presence felt in DC Comics over the years, so it can be said that he deserves the spotlight There have been a few versions of the Shadow Thief, but I'll focus on the most famous, original and current Shadow Thief, Carl Sands.

Sep 16, 2019

DC Comics Solicitations December 2019

Hawkman Vol. V No. 19 Variant Cover by Dan Panosian
The solicitations for December 2019 are out! The big news is that Hawkwoman, Shayera Hol of Thanagar Prime, is coming to the Hawkman series to face the evil Sky Tyrant! Here is the complete list of December solicitations from Newsarama. Here is the list of comics that appear to have Hawkman and Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman. Note: Appears on the cover but not sure if actually in the comic!

Aug 19, 2019

Gardner Fox Biography!


If you're a comic book fan, you know who Gardner Fox is. He's one of the most prolific writers in the history of comics. From the 30s until his death in 1986, it is said that he wrote over 4,000 comic book stories, including 1,500 stories for DC Comics. He is the creator of Hawkman and Hawkgirl, as well as the Flash, Doctor Fate, Zatanna, and Sandman. He also created the very first superhero team, the Justice Society of America, and then the Justice League of America two decades later. Amazingly, there has never been an official biography or book about one of the greatest writers in Comic book history, but we finally have one.
Being a Hawkman and Justice League fan, I was looking forward to reading the first biography of Gardner Fox, the man who created so many iconic heroes and superhero teams. As I read the book, it became clear that the history of Gardner Fox is the history of comics. Jennifer has gathered all the information available on Gardner Fox (no small feat!) and put it into an easy-to-follow course on not only the father of the Justice League but also on the history of comics itself. If you are a fan of comic books, this is one book you will want to read! Amazon Link 

Jun 12, 2019

Board Review of Hawkman No. 13: "On Common Ground"



With the first year and the origin story of Hawkman completed, we wondered where writer Robert Venditti would take us for the standalone issue. After the big climax in the last issue, it's natural to assume that this issue would be a bit of a breather, but Rob stepped up and gave us one of the best issues in Hawkman's history. Some of the standalone issues from Hawkman Vol. 4 (2002-2006) are some of the best issues of the series, and this issue is right up there with those. Over the past year, Venditti has shown us what he can do when he can build up a story gradually, and now we see what he can do with one issue. This review is full of spoilers so if you haven’t read the comic yet, don’t spoil it. Go buy the comic, read it and then come back to read the review.

May 20, 2019

An Open Letter to Gardner Fox

Photo by courtesy of Terri Fox

Dear Gardner Fox,
                On the occasion of your 108th birthday, I wanted to write an eloquent article, describing your amazing abilities and the work you left behind. After several rewrites, I finally gave up. I’m afraid I’m not eloquent enough to do a proper article to mark the occasion. So instead, I’m writing this letter to express what your work means to me. This I think I can do.

May 18, 2019

Fan Theory connecting the Current Hawkman and Shayera Hol to the Savage Hawkman

One of my favorite pastimes is to tie all of the continuities of Hawkman into one character. In the current Hawkman series, Robert Venditti has brilliantly put all of the past Hawkmen on one foundation. He has made an origin that explains all the Hawkmen and why Hawkman does what he does. It changes everything about Hawkman but also leaves everything that has happened in the past intact. However, a new challenge for fans came up when Shayera Hol and the Savage Hawkman showed up in Justice League No. 14-16 (February-March 2019).

Apr 30, 2019

Wanted: A Hawkman/Hawkwoman Comic!

Art by Stjepan Sejic (Hawkman) and Jim Lee (Hawkgirl)
Since last summer, Hawkman and Hawkgirl have been in some great comics. Hawkman has been in his own monthly series by Robert Venditti and Bryan Hitch. Hawkgirl has been a central figure in the bi-weekly Justice League series. Although the Hawkman series has been gradually dropping in sales (18k in March 2019), both series are getting great reviews. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are writing a new and interesting Hawkgirl/Kendra Saunders, while Venditti has been reinventing the origin and character of Carter Hall.

Apr 25, 2019

The 2019 Hawkgirl Day Collage!

Here's a trip through the history of Hawkgirl! Starting from Flash Comics No. 1 in 1940, there are 84 pictures of Shiera, Shayera, and Kendra, going all the way to March 2019! Click the link for a closer look.


Apr 24, 2019

Fans Celebrating Hawkgirl Day 2019

Art by jaggudada (Deviant Art)
Hawkgirl Day is April 25th! Shiera Sanders first put on the Hawk costume and flew in All-Star Comics No. 5. The release date of this comic was April 25, 1941, so at Hawkworld we celebrate April 25th as Hawkgirl Day! Here are the articles and links that are celebrating the special day with Hawkworld! I'll add the links as they come up over the next few days so check back in!

Hawkworld: Hawkgirl Day 2019
Major Spoilers: Happy Birthday, Hawkgirl!
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Past Articles
Hawkworld: April 25th is Hawkgirl Day!
13th Dimension: 13 Covers to Celebrate Hawkgirl Day
Bleeding Cool: Celebrating the Appearance of One of the First Female Comic Book Superheroes

Hawkgirl Day 2019

Art by Jim Lee
Happy Hawkgirl Day to the Hawkgirl fans all over the world! Ever since Hawkworld started a few years ago, we have celebrated April 25th as Hawkgirl Day. Today I want to look back at how my fascination with Hawkgirl started, talk about how she has evolved, and then share the reason why I am so excited about her future.

Mar 31, 2019

Hawk Talk Episode #5: How I fell in awe with Hawkman

Hawk Talk Episode #4 is up! LINK


1. Contents
2. Get the Hawkman Comic! 
3. How I fell in awe with Hawkman 
4. Upcoming Hawkman and Hawkgirl comics 
5. This week in Hawkworld History: Happy Birthday, Katar!

Mar 24, 2019

Hawk Talk Episode #4: The Continuity of the Current Hawkman

Hawk Talk Episode #4 is up! Link 


1. Contents
2. Get the Hawkman comic!
3. The continuity of Hawkman/Carter Hall in the current Hawkman series. 
3. This week in Hawkworld History
4. Upcoming comics with Hawkman and Hawkgirl
5. Reminder for Hawkgirl Day, April 25th

Mar 16, 2019

Hawk Talk Episode #3: Hawkman No. 10 / Bryan Hitch Leaving the Series

Hawk Talk Episode No. 3 is up!  Link


1. Today's content
2. Get the Hawkman comic!
3. Bryan Hitch's Ideas for Hawkman's Costume and Mace
4. Review of Hawkman No. 11
5. This Week in Hawkworld History
6. Upcoming Hawkman Comics
7. Reminder for Hawkgirl Day
8. Bryan Hitch Leaving the Hawkman Series

Mar 2, 2019

HAWK TALK! Talking about everything Hawkworld!


Hawk Talk is soaring! The very first podcast of Hawk Talk is out! LINK
Contents:
1. Welcome to Hawk Talk
2. Promoting the current Hawkman series
3. Why Hawkman Matters
4. Q&A
5. This week in Hawkworld: Sheldon Moldoff, Death of Hawkman No. 6
6. Hawkgirl Day
7. Fan promoting the current Hawkman series
8. Upcoming Hawkman/Hawkgirl Comics

Feb 23, 2019

Hawkman and Hawkgirl in a new team called the Detectives Guild!

Detective Comics No. 1000 is coming out on March 27th. The first story of the 96-page issue will introduce a new team called the Detectives Guild. It is a team created by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. the team consists of Hawkman, Hawkgirl, Martian Manhunter, Elongated Man, the Question, Detective Chimp, Slam Bradley, Traci thirteen and of course, Batman. Not many details have been released about the team, but it will center on Batman's training to becoming the world's greatest detective. CBR.com's article on the issue is here.
You can find Snyder talking a bit about the team in an article on a site called Resetera. Not sure if this is a one-shot deal or if it will continue in Detective Comics for a while. Stay tuned.

Feb 5, 2019

The Hawkman and Hawkwoman/Hawkgirl Flowchart Update

This is for all the Hawkman, Hawkwoman and Hawkgirl fans to look over and check. Lots of theories out there but I tried to put it all together. Feel free to comment or make suggestions below. Click photo to enlarge.

Jan 27, 2019

Solving the Mystery of Thanagar Prime and Shayera Hol of the Justice League Series

In Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV's recent Hawkworld storyline in Justice League No. 14-16, we were introduced to a Shayera Hol who we did not recognize, Katar Hol aka The Savage Hawkman from the Death of Hawkman series, and a Thanagar we have never seen before. Since the Hawkworld storyline came out in December, Hawkfans have been wondering who these characters are. There has been a lot of debate about it. However, writer James Tynion IV graciously answered some questions on Twitter today, so with those facts, I'll try to break it down and explain who these characters are. There is no complete explanation, and there will still be some debate, but that's half the fun,  right? So, let's fly in and see if we can break it down.

Jan 6, 2019

Finding Hawkman and Hawkgirl in the Bronze Age

Hawkman and Hawkwoman by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Where can we find Hawkman and Hawkgirl during the Bronze Age of comics? The Bronze Age is generally considered to be from 1970 to about 1985, but during this time, the Hawks were basically homeless. The Silver Age was a great time for the Hawks, starting with their reintroduction to comics in 1961 in The Brave and the Bold #34 (February 1961) by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert. This started a run of six issues in B&B, a four-issue run in Mystery in Space (#87-90), their first solo series in Hawkman Vol. 1 (#1-27), and a team-up comic in The Atom and Hawkman (#39-45). The Atom and Hawkman series ended in November 1969, and the Hawks flew into the Bronze age without a nest to call their own.

Hawkman by Joe Kubert
The next time the Hawks were given a comic of their own was right at the end of the Bronze Age in Tony Isabella and Richard Howell's The Shadow War of Hawkman (May 1985). So where can we find the Hawks from 1970 until the Shadow series in 1985? They would pop up here and there during the seventies and the first half of the eighties, but here are some of the places we can find them, even if it was just for three or four issues. I've mostly gathered the main team issues and the comics where they had their own feature.


The Justice League of America series was the comic you could often find Hawkman and Hawkgirl during this time. Hawkman joined in 1964, and from 1970 to 1985, he made 98 appearances. This would include main roles, cameos, and everything in between. Hawkgirl made 7 appearances in the series before she was finally made a regular member in issue No. 146 (September 1977). She made 24 more appearances in the series until it ended in 1987. After I discovered Hawkman in 1977, this was the comic I made sure I picked up after I sadly discovered that he had no comic of his own.


Between 1972 to 1981, Hawkman (and sometimes Hawkgirl) appeared in 11 issues of Detective Comics. These were great backup features written by E. Nelson Bridwell, Bob Rozakis, Len Wein and Paul Levitz, with art by Dick Dillin, Rich Buckler, Dick Giordano, Klaus Janson, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Murphy Anderson, and Joe Kubert.


At the end of 1975, All-Star Comics came back for the first time since 1951, and ran for 17 more issues, ending in 1978. Hawkman was in 16 of the issues, making issue No. 60 the only issue in the entire run to not have a Hawkman appearance. This was the series where Carter Hall started wearing his "Crysler Helmet", as I affectionately call it.


In 1977, Hawkman and Hawkgirl appeared in three issues of the Secret Society of Super-Villains (issues No. 5-7). Issue No. 7 is particularly important in Hawk history as it is the first cover that Hawkgirl appeared on without Hawkman. It is also an interesting story because we find Hawkman working hard in the kitchen to prove his culinary skills, all while still wearing his helmet, harness, and wings. This scene alone is worth the series.


In 1978, Hawkfans received a real treat with Showcase presents...Hawkman No. 101-103. Hawkman and Hawkgirl teamed up with Adam Strange for a three-issue series. With the story by Jack Harris, art by Al Milgrom and Murphy Anderson and cover art by Joe Kubert, this is probably the highlight of the seventies for many Hawkfans. Personally, this was the first Hawkman titled comic I ever bought, finding it on the spin rack at the neighborhood convenience store when I was 13 years old. I still have the issues to this day.


In May 1979, Hawkman appeared in DC Comics Presents No. 11 with Superman. This is a rather famous issue where Marc Teichman, the winner of a letter page contest, was featured in the issue as the prize. The cover by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano often comes up in Hawkworld threads on Facebook and Twitter. But what a prize! Who wouldn't want to be featured in a comic with Hawkman and Superman?


In 1979, Hawkman and Hawkgirl began a run of mostly backup features in World's Finest Comics #256-282. There were 24 stories in all. The famous scene when Hawkgirl declares herself to be called Hawkwoman appeared in issue No. 272. Bob Rozakis did most of the writing (15 issues), and Alex Saviuk handled the most of the art (12 issues). It would be great to see the Detective and World's Finest stories collected together someday. With over 30 features, they would make a great collection!


In 1981, Roy Thomas' All-Star Squadron started with the famous cover of Hawkman, Dr. Mid-Night, and Atom selecting the members. Hawkman appeared in 68 of the 70 issues (67 issues and 3 annuals), while Hawkgirl appeared in 27 issues.


Hawkman and Hawkgirl also appeared in several issues of Infinity. Inc and then there was a four-issue series called America vs. the Justice Society. Soon after, the Hawks were featured in the Shadow War of Hawkman, their first series in 15 and a half years.


This is by no means a complete list. Hawkman and Hawkgirl, both the Earth-1 and Earth-2 versions, appeared in many other issues during the Bronze Age. If you know of other solo features of the Hawks during the 1970-1985 span, please list it in the comments below! Even though they did not have a comic to call their own during most of this period, there are some great Hawkman and Hawkgirl comics to be found! You just have to know where to look!
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