May Day pt. 1

I have added eight more covers to the Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection. I bought one issue from the third series of Hawkman and the other seven came from the fourth series. I paid a $1.70 each.

Since starting in the 1960s, there have been four series with the title “Hawkman“. The first one ran from 1964 to 1969. The second one was published in the mid-to-late-80s. The third series was in the 90s and the fourth series ran from 2002 to 2006. Now we anticipate publication of the fifth series beginning next month.

In this post, I will write about four of the new covers. The other four will be discussed in a subsequent post.

Hawkman v.3 #5 (Jan 1994) VF

The third Hawkman series ran from 1993 to 1996. In my research of appearances of Hawkgirl on the covers of this title, I found that she appeared on only one cover out a total of 33 issues. This is what I refer to as a “rare bird sighting”.

I am hoping for there to be more sightings of Hawkgirl on the cover as the new series progresses.

In this story titled “A Rage of Hawks“, there is some weird body switching going on. Hawkman is in Hawkwoman’s body and Hawkwoman is in Count Viper’s body and Count Viper is in Hawkman’s body. Weird stuff!

On the cover we see Hawkwoman and Hawkman engaged in battle and at this point, it is anyone’s guess as to who is actually whom.

The cover was drawn by Jan Duursema. The story, A Rage of Hawks, was written by Jonn Ostrander and drawn by Steve Leiber.

Hawkman v.4 #23 (Mar 2004) FN

I love this cover for two reasons. The first is that the cover looks like it was drawn by Norman Rockwell. Secondly, I almost missed this cover when I was doing my research on covers upon which Hawkgirl appears. It was not until just a few days ago that I was looking through a volume that reprinted these particular issues when I came across this cover where Hawkgirl is seen just barely to Hawkman’s left. During this time, Hawkgirl was a member of the Justice Society of America. Seated with her are other members of the JSA, the Flash (Jay Garrick) and Green Lantern (Alan Scott).

The cover was drawn by Jonn Watson. The story, “Black Reign, Part Two“, was written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Rags Morales.

Hawkman v.4 #28 (Jul 2004) FN

At the top portion of this cover is written “New Team… New direction…” This refers to the fact that a new writing and art team had taken over the series. The story, “Fates Warning, Part One“, was written by Jimmy Palmiotti & Justin Gray and was drawn by Ryan Sook. This cover was drawn by Greg Land, Jay Leisten, and Justin Ponsor.

Throughout most of this series, Hawkgirl and Hawkman were not a couple. In this issue, Carter Hall meets and falls in love with a cabaret singer named Domina Paris. She remains his love interest for the next few issues. I will not say any more than that.

Hawkman v.4 #33 (Dec 2004) FN

One of the things that I really liked about the fourth series of Hawkman was that it brought back characters who first appeared in either the golden age of Hawkman when he appeared in Flash Comics and All-Star comics or from the Hawkman series in the silver age (1960s).

In this issue, there is a new character that is based on a character who first appeared in a story titled “Satana, the Tiger Girl“. The story was written by Gardner Fox and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff. This was in Flash Comics #13 January 1941. In the original story, Sara Descarl was a wild animal trainer who went by the stage name of Satana, the Tiger Girl. She raised wild dangerous Tigers whom she let attack specific people. She then would pretend that it was a bad and horrible accident, rather a premeditated act on her part. She was caught by Hawkman and vowing that she would get even with Hawkman, she apparently went to prison. She never appeared again in any of the Golden age Hawkman stories.

A rebooted Sara Descarl appears in Hawkman v.4 #33. In this story, she is a mad scientist who raises dangerous zoological freaks. Although she does appear in this issue, she does not appear until the very last page as a lead-in to the next issue.