The History of Hawkgirl – Pt. 9

Hawkgirl Origins-Pt.9 – This is a continuation of an exploration of the origin of Hawkgirl in the 1940s in words and pictures. In this part, we review the series as it appeared in 1946. In this post, I look at issues 69 through 78 and starting with issue 69 (Jan-1946) … there is no Hawkgirl or Shiera in this issue.

All the Hawkman stories beginning in 1945 were drawn by Joe Kubert. As I was reading these issues, I got the sense that Kubert was just learning to draw women. I say this because issue #70 is the first issue where Shiera appears after being absent in the previous four issues and in fact there were no women at all appearing in those previous four Hawkman stories.

Finally, Hawkgirl appears in issue #70 after a long absence.

Issue #71 of Flash Comics: There is no Hawkgirl or Shiera in this issue.

Starting with issue #72, it appears that Joe Kubert has finally learned to draw women.

It is in issue #73 of Flash Comics (July 1946) that we learn that “then one night, Shiera (Hawkgirl) Sanders attends a party…”

And we are starting to see more of Hawkgirl in the Joe Kubert stories.

The story in issue #74 (Aug 46) titles “The Silent Sound”, involves a strange whistle of mysterious origins that when blown freezes time.

The story in issue #75 (Sept 46) is titled “Magic at the Mardi Gras” and the Hawks head down to New Orleans to solve a mystery there.

In issue #76 (Oct-1946), there is no Shiera/Hawkgirl.

Then in issue #77 (Nov-1946), we have a time travel story.

Finally, in issue #78 of Flash Comics (Dec-1946), in a story titled “A Volcano Vendetta”, Hawkgirl and Hawkman discover a primitive, stone-age society living inside an extinct volcano.

See Part 10