October Covers

Six More Books for the Collection – I received today, six more books for my collection of Hawkgirl covers. As I think I mentioned before, I am collecting covers where upon appeared the silver age version of the DC comics Hawkgirl character. Doing research and looking for books where she appeared on the cover, I made up a list of books that were published between and 1961 and 1985. I later expanded that list to cover entire three decades of the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties.

In this category, there are two lists. One list that I call the “Pre-Crisis Earth-1 Hawkgirl (aka Shayera Hol of Thanagar)“. There 36 issues on this list. Some on the list are outside my price range. Some I may consider not buying because Hawkgirl appears only in “bust” on these covers. This leaves 27 issues that have purchased from this list. Today I received the last one for now on this list. This issue is titled DC Comics Presents (Superman and Hawkman) #74, published October 1984. The cover artist was Alex Saviuk. In those days, HG was known as “Hawkwoman” and the letters column in this issue explains that it is because of the length of her name that it does not appear on the cover as it would have covered part of Superman’s head.

Having completed list #1 for now, I am now picking and choosing between two other lists. One list is titled “Pre-Crisis Earth-2 Hawkgirl (aka Shiera Saunders of Gotham City)” and the other list is titled “Post-Crisis Earth-1 Hawkgirl (aka Shayera Hol of Thanagar)“. The second list covers the period from 1985 to 1990 and it contains 17 items and so far I have bought five books from that list.

List #2: “Pre-Crisis Earth-2 Hawkgirl (aka Shiera Saunders of Gotham City)“, covers a period from 1941 to 1986. The first ten items on that list were published between 1941 and 1948. None of those items can I afford. The rest of the items on the middle list were published between 1973 and 1987.

This time around I bought five items from that list. These are issues #6, #7, #8, #10, and #11 of the All-Star Squadron series which was published in the 1980s. Hawkgirl is on the cover of #9 and I meant to buy it… next month.

In 1982, Hawkgirl appeared on seven covers in a row – issues 6 through 12 of All-Star Squadron.

All-Star Squadron #6 (February 1982) cover: Rich Buckler – This series takes place during the early days of WWII and features the Justice Society as they battle Nazis and the Japanese. In this issue, it is three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Germans are up to no good down in Mexico. In the shadow of the Lost Pyramid of Kukulkan, Hawkman and the Shining Knight rescue Shiera Sanders from sacrificial execution at the hands of the Feathered Serpent. Shiera then dons the costume that transforms her into Hawkgirl for the “first time”. Notice that the Hawks are wearing the same costumes that they wore back in the early 1940s.

All-Star Squadron #7 (March 1982) Cover Artist: Joe Kubert – Shown on the cover, drawn by the artist who drew Hawkman and the Hawkgirl back in the 1940s, are Hawkgirl, the Shining Knight, Liberty Belle, Atom, Firebrand, Johnny Quick, and Robotman. They are popping out from a newspaper whose headline announces that the “Justice Society Disbands”. Many of the members have joined the armed forces under their private identities. The remaining members have formed a strike force named “All-Star Squadron”.

All-Star Squadron #8 (April 1982) Cover Artist: Joe Kubert – This issue begins on December 30th, 1941 and in Ottawa, while addressing the Canadian Parliament, Winston Churchill is almost assassinated by the Black Assassin, but the first shot misses, and Churchill’s bodyguards, Sir Justin and Liberty Belle, leap into action. Following that, while onboard a train bound for Washington, D.C., Hawkgirl and the others do battle with a Japanese assassin named Kung, “The Assassin of a Thousand Claws.” At one point during the encounter, Kung turns himself into a giant mantis and this what is depicted on the cover.

All-Star Squadron #10 (June 1982) Cover Artist: Joe Kubert – On this cover, Hawkgirl appears in the first quadrant, just below the letter ‘N’ in “Squadron”. It is now January 1942 and there is activity going all over the world. Johnny Quick, Hawkgirl, and the Shining Knight have been bodyguarding the president and Winston Churchill for the past couple of weeks. One night, they encounter a band of German saboteurs who are attempting to blow-up the Washington monument. The issue ends with the arrival of a very tall alien from outer space who announces the start of an invasion.

All-Star Squadron #11 (July 1982) Cover Artist: Joe Kubert – I have actually not read this issue. So, I don’t know what happens within. I am guessing by what I see on the cover of this issue, that there is a great deal of excitement. Shown on the cover is the giant alien that appeared at the end of the previous issue. Note how on this cover, Hawkgirl is suddenly wearing the mask she adopted for the first time in issue #85 of Flash Comics in July 1947 (see Hawkgirl Origins-Pt.10).