Here is an update on the Hawkgirl/Covergirl collection. This time around, keeping within my budget, I only bought four books. The reason why the wishlist hovers around 80 is because I keep finding covers that I have missed, plus Hawkgirl has recently made a comeback. In the past three or so months, Hawkgirl has appeared on the cover of a number of new releases.
JLA #71 (November 2002) VF $1.70
This is one of my favorite covers. On this cover we see Hawkgirl in mid-attack against an angered Green Arrow. While Firestorm is seen swooping in from the right and Atom clamors to get out of the way, Dick Grayson as Nightwing is struggling to separate the pair. Anyone who is familiar with DC lore, when looking at this cover would have to guess that Green Arrow has just said something about his frenemy Hawkman and has gotten a bad reaction from Hawkgirl.
Doug Mahnke, Tom Nguyen, & David Baron
Most of the members of the JLA had disappeared while Hawkgirl and some others have been “drafted” into service of the JLA by an emergency protocol established by Batman in case of such emergencies. Dick “Nightwing” Grayson, the original Robin, has become the chairman of this temporary team. I think that this is only the second time that Hawkgirl and Dick Grayson have appeared on the same cover. The silver age Hawkgirl appeared on the cover of Detective Comics #500 (March 1981) along with Robin and others.
JSA #43 (February 2003) FN 6.0 $3.70
I saw this one, with the price listed above, autographed by writer and producer, Geoff Johns and I thought what the heck… Among other contributions to both screen and print at DC Comics, Mr. Johns was responsible, over the past couple of decades, for many stories featuring Hawkgirl (and Hawkman). His run with the Hawkman series (2002–2003) managed to smooth out and bring sharply into focus, the fuzzy, convoluted continuity of the Hawks. It was because him that Hawkgirl, as Kendra Saunders, became an independent standalone character. She was no longer Hawkman’s sidekick (wife/girlfriend). During this period, besides being on her own in St. Roch, LA, she was a member of both the Justice League and Justice Society.
Cover Artists: Rags Morales & John Kalisz
In this issue, written by Johns, Hawkgirl, Captain Marvel and Mister Terrific travel back to ancient Egypt where they must convince Prince Khufu, Teth-Adam, and the powerful magician, Nabu to help them prevent a murderous dictator from taking control of Kahndaq. The comic, bagged and boarded, is sealed in the bag with a certificate of authenticity, so I will need to find another way to read the story.
JSA Secret Files #2 (September 2001) VF 8.0 $8.00
This is the second issue of a two-issue mini-series. The main purpose of this series was to reintroduce the Golden Age heroes of the Justice Society of America to a new generation of readers.
Digital Chameleon, Michael Bair, & Stephen Sadowski
This 68-page special contains a dozen or so sections introducing the characters, one of which is titled “Hawkman & Hawkgirl” by Geoff Johns. The two-page layout presents the history of the Hawks beginning with their appearance in ancient Egypt as Prince Khufu and his consort, Chay-Ara.
Their story begins: “Thousands of years ago, Egyptian Prince Khufu and his lover, Chay-Ara came into contact with Nth metal, an element from the Thanagar. Exposure to the material imprinted racial memories from the Thanagarians on them and, combined with their true love, strengthened their souls and the bond between them”
With those two sentences, Johns established a retcon of the Hawks that essentially fixed all pervious retcons by establishing a link between the origin stories of the golden, silver, and dark age versions of the pair.
Hawkgirl also appears on the cover of issue #1 of the series. So far, the only copy of issue #1 that I have found was priced at $250 for a CGC 9.0. I might have to add this issue to the list of the dozen or so covers that are outside my price range.
Appearing on the cover with Hawkgirl and Hawkman are eight other heroes who originated in the golden age; two of which are newer versions of the original. One of them has a touching and imitate connection to writer, Geoff Johns. Stargirl (Courtney Whitmore), the blonde teen holding a “cosmic rod,” was created by Geoff Johns, who is said to have based her personality on that of his sister, Courtney, who tragically died in TWA Flight 800 in 1996.
Rann Thanagar War #2 (August 2005) NM $2.00
This is the second issue of a 6-issue miniseries that ran from July 2005 to April 2006. On the cover Green Lantern (Kyle Radner) and Adam Strange fight off a horde of Thanagarians alongside Hawkwoman. Shayera Thal is one of four versions/incarnations of the Hawkgirl character. She first appeared in Hawkworld #1 (August 1989) and appeared to have died at the hands of Komand’r (Blackfire) in Rann Thanagar War #5.
Ivan Reis, Marc Campos, & Peter Steigerwald
In the story, Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders along with Carter “Hawkman” Hall travel by jump ship with Adam Strange to planet Polara on mission to rescue Shayera who is being held prisoner by Komand’r and the Tamoraneans.