February Covers

Since I did not buy any covers for my Hawkgirl Cover-Girl Collection in November, I bought a dozen covers this time around. The price of comic books published in the 1980s is comparatively lower than any other time period that I can purchase from. So, I think that I got some pretty good deals this time. Some of the books added to the collection were published in the 2000s and I got a really decent price for those books at $1.70 each.

Going back to 1986, I have now the complete collection of Hawkgirl cover appearances in the Hawkman vol. 2 series of the mid-1980s.

Hawkman vol. 2 #13 (Aug 1987) [rated: VF]
In this issue, someone is murdered, but I did not pick up on a connection with the cover.

Hawkman vol. 2 #14 (Sep 1987) [rated: VF]
I confess that I have not read this issue. I just started reading this series recently.

Hawkman vol. 2 #15 (Oct 1987) [rated: FN]
Same with this issue. I am looking forward to finding out what is going on here and this is what a good cover does – make some kid buy the book and read it.

The Young All-Stars #2 (Jul 1987) [rated: VF]
Why is Hawkgirl on this cover when she and the JSA have supposedly been transported to another dimension? Hawkgirl appears on the cover in the costume that she wore in the 1940s. I thought this was a continuation of Infinity, Inc. Perhaps I am wrong.

Edit: Okay, I figured it out, this has nothing to with Infinity, Inc. This is the All-Star Squadron along with younger heroes who form an auxiliary. From DC Database Wiki: “The Young All-Stars served for a time as a youth auxiliary of the main All-Star Squadron group, featuring teenage members that were both original creations of Roy and Dann Thomas and also existing Golden Age era creations. ”

Armageddon Inferno #2 (May 1992) [rated: VF]
This limited series appeared in 1992. In this mini-series, the Justice Society returns to active duty after having been “retired” to fighting an endlessly-repeating battle in Asgard since 1986’s The Last Days of The Justice Society. That was the good news. The bad news is the Silver Age Hawks were totally rebooted and the Hawks of the 1960s were wiped from the main continuity. This was something that did not get properly fixed until the early 2000s. The newly rebooted Thanagarian (“alien cop”) Hawks appear on the cover #2. I did not and still do not like this look on Hawkgirl. She looks like a fascist.

Justice Society of America #1 (Aug 1992) [rated: FN]
In this series, the JSA along with the Golden Age Hawkgirl reappear.  Now in the same continuity/universe, there were two Hawkgirls coexisting; the one from Earth-2, Shiera Hall and the one from Thanagar, Shayera Thal. Things get really weird before the 90s are over. More on that later.

In 2002, a 4th Hawkman series appeared. This beautifully drawn story-line drew heavily on the classic Hawkman stories of the Golden and Silver ages. In the series, Hawkgirl was the 4th Hawkgirl, Kendra Saunders. Before Kendra, there was Shiera Hall in the Forties & reappearing in the Seventies, Shayera Hol in the Sixties to Eighties, and Shayera Thal in the Nineties.

Hawkman vol. 4 #4 (Aug 2002) [rated: VF]
Just like with volume 1 of Hawkman, where Hawkgirl did not appear on the cover until issue #3, a few issues of volume #4 went out before Hawkgirl appeared on the cover. In this case, HG did not appear on the cover until issue #4. On the cover, Hawkgirl is doing battle with what appears to be Huntress. In the 1940s, there was a female villain named Huntress, but in the Seventies and beyond a new and different Huntress was introduced. In fact, there were two of them: Helena Wayne and Helena Bertinelli. So, the character seen with Hawkgirl is actually Tigress, the daughter of the original “bad” Huntress and a villain name Sports Master.

Hawkman vol. 4 #7 (Nov 2002) [rated: VF]
This series did a deep dive on the reincarnation backstories for both Carter Hall and Kendra Saunders/Shiera Hall. In this issue, we go back to the wild west and see the couple when they were incarnated as Night Hawk and Cinnamon.

Hawkman vol. 4 #13 (May 2003) [rated: FN]
Carter Hall knows who he is, but Kendra is not sure if she is Kendra Saunders or her grandfather’s cousin, Shiera Hall. As result, it’s complicated. Carter loves and adores Shiera, but Kendra wishes that Carter would leave her alone and give her some space to figure things out. In this very intense story, Kendra has used a Thanagarian absorbacon, discovered in the jungles of India by her grandfather Speed Saunders, to try unlocking her past life memories Supposedly, these memories are Shiera’s memories. What happens instead Shiera remembers a horrific incident where Kendra and her mother were raped by two cops. Kendra resisted and wound-up killing one of the cops. This all happened when she was 13 years old and she was living in Texas. Later when her mother and father went to St Roch, Louisiana where they thought the rapist was now living. Her parents were murdered shortly after coming to town. On the cover of issue #13, Hawkman is trying to prevent Hawkgirl from killing the man who raped her and murdered her parents.

Hawkman vol. 4 #15 (Jul 2003) [rated: vf]
I think this is the only cover with two Hawkgirls. On the cover and on top of the situation is Kendra (Hawkgirl) Saunders and below and upside down is Shayera (Hawkwoman) Thal. One is the reincarnated Egyptian princess and the other is an alien cop who has come to Earth in search of the shape-shifting villain Blyth Rok. The two winged furies get into a fight after Shayera greets Kendra with a traditional Thangarian greeting that involves Shayera bumping into Kendra mid-flight saying “Hey, Chickadee! Aren’t you cute!”. This makes Kendra mad and then sparks fly.

Hawkman vol. 4 #16 (Aug 2003) [rated: FN]
The Thangarian Hawkwoman (Shayera Thal) appears on this cover. This is my least liked look for Hawkgirl.

Hawkman vol. 4 #22 (Feb 2004) [rated: VF]
The shrunken heads of Hawkman and Hawkgirl appear on this cover along with the super scary villain named Headhunter. He was a relatively new character that first appeared in Hawkman Vol 4 #19 (Nov 2003)