About the Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection

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When I started the Hawkgirl cover girl collection, I figured that I was going to only collect about a dozen Silver age comic books and I was only going to purchase what I could afford. It began with a joke when I was explaining to my son my comic book reading habits of the 1960s. I explained how I had once referred to Hawkgirl as a “rare-bird” because she rarely appeared on the cover of any comic books, but this was a bit of conjecture on my part. I recalled when I first saw Hawkgirl on a cover – and today I know that as being the cover of Hawkman #3 (Sep 1964) – I figured that the girl in “Hawkgirl” meant that she was literally a “girl” and not a grown woman. Also, that she was most certainly not the wife of Hawkman. How dare she be married?

I thought she was Katar’s daughter, maybe a niece and or a ward as Robin was to Batman. At some point, I learned that Hawkgirl (aka Shayera Hol aka Shiera Hall) was in fact the wife of Hawkman (aka Katar Hol aka Carter Hall). From 1964 to 1968 there were a total of 27 issues of the Hawkman series published and of those 27 issues, Hawkgirl appeared on only six covers (#3, #9, #14, #19, #21, #25). This is what I must have noticed and hence my calling each time she appeared “a rare bird sighting.”

Not too long after I told my son the story of the “rare bird”, I had a conversation with my 90-year old mother. I was attempting to explain to her that I had recently developed a passion for comic books & animated series and that was not reading or watching anything else. I then reminded her how she had thrown away my comic collection when I was a senior in high school. You can read that story here, but this was also when my mother suggested that I just start a new collection.

I joked that I had already started collecting comic books again and I told her of how I was scouring Amazon to find good deals on the trade-paperback editions of the “Showcase Presents…” series. This is a line of black-and-white paperback books published by DC Comics. The line is designed primarily to focus on the Silver Age DC stories. Each book is about 500 pages and the SRP for each is $17. I have been able to find used books in “Used – Very Good” condition being sold for six to eight dollars plus shipping. I started with the two volumes that collect the Hawkman series from the mid-sixties and now have about two dozen volumes. The collection includes most of the silver age titles such as Green Lantern and Justice League of America. Each volume is focused on a specific character. Supergirl has two volumes and Batgirl has one also.

It was when saw that I could have the collection of Silver age Hawkgirl covers for around $50, I completed the collection in only a couple months. When I had them all, I thought: “Gee, that was too easy!” and that was when I started working on a comprehensive list.

It took me about eight months to complete the comprehensive list of Hawkgirl/Covergirl covers. I used the resources of two websites. The first one was comicbookdb.com – “The Comic Book Database”. Using the “Character” search I was able to get lists of where each of the multiple incarnations appeared. When you search for Hawkgirl/Character you will a list of about 15 versions of the character; however, only nine are of the main continuity of DC Comics. They are categorized by the continuity to which they belong: Pre-Crisis (Earths 1 & 2), Post-Crisis, Post-Blackest Night, or Post-Flashpoint. Basically, there are four “versions” of Hawkgirl – Shiera Saunders-Hall of the Golden Age, Shayara Hol of the Silver age, Shayera Thal of the Dark age, and the modern age Kendra Saunders.

The first website provided me with lists of where she appeared. This meant she appeared within the story, but with no indication of the character appearing on the cover. Getting the answer to that question, required that I examine each cover. To do this I used a second website called dc.wikia.com. Here I was able to view galleries displaying all the covers of a specific series that the character appeared in. All totaled there were about 50 different series that Hawkgirl appeared in at least once. In some series, she appeared dozens of times. As one may imagine, this was very time-consuming.

So far, the list consists of 211 covers of which I have 161 bagged and boarded. What follows is the lists for the bronze, dark and modern age of comic books. Since June of this year, four new covers have been added to list.

Here are the details:

Golden Age

Starting with the golden age of comic books, which is roughly the decade of the 1940s and the early 1950s, both Hawkgirl and Hawkman appeared between the covers of two series, Flash Comics and All-Star Comics. Hawkgirl made her debut as Hawkgirl in All-Star Comics #8 (Dec 1941), but before that she appeared in almost every Hawkman story since the first one in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940). However, in the nine years between 1940 and 1948, Shiera “Hawkgirl” Saunders appeared on only 9 covers:

She appeared on three covers as Shiera (#7, #11, #19) – All covers by Sheldon Moldoff

She was on three covers as Hawkgirl without a mask: (#29, #37, #39) – All covers by Sheldon Moldoff

And she appears on three covers as Hawkgirl with a mask (#85, #87, #94) – All covers by Joe Kubert

Silver Age

Following Flash Comics #94 (April 1948), the Hawkgirl character did not appear again until 13 years later. In March 1961, writer Gardner F. Fox, artist Joe Kubert and editor Julius Schwartz revived the Hawks with new origin story. They were now married and had come to Earth from the planet Thanagar. On their home planet they were police officers and they arrived here in pursuit of an intra-galactic criminal. Katar Hol and his wife/partner Shayera had tracked to Earth a notorious shapeshifter named Blyth Rok. The silver age Hawks were introduced in Brave and the Bold #34.

Hawkgirl appeared on the covers of Brave and the Bold #34, #35, #36. Those three issues and the nine from the golden age are outside my price range. So, my collection begins with Hawkman #3. I paid $9 for one rated Good (GD+ 2.5). One of the Brave and the Bold covers, rated the same would cost at least $40, if not a couple of hundred dollars.

The Silver-Age, Earth-1 Hawkgirl appeared on a total of 14 covers. Except for the first three, I have the rest. At first, this was my only goal.

Title

Issue

Month

Year

Paid

The Brave and the Bold (1955)

#34

 Feb/Mar

1961

 

The Brave and the Bold (1955)

#35

 Apr/May

1961

 

The Brave and the Bold (1955)

#36

 Jun/Jul

1961

 

Hawkman (1964)

#3

 Aug/Sep

1964

US $6.00

Hawkman (1964)

#9

 Aug/Sep

1965

US $4.99

Hawkman (1964)

#14

 Jun/Jul

1966

US $6.70

Hawkman (1964)

#19

 Apr/May

1967

US $6.00

Hawkman (1964)

#21

 Aug/Sep

1967

US $5.99

Hawkman (1964)

#25

 Apr/May

1968

US $6.70

Justice League of America (1960)

#72

 June

1969

US $6.00

Adventure Comics (1938)

#413

 December

1971

US $3.60

Adventure Comics (1938)

#416

 March

1972

US $6.70

Superman (1939)

#252

 June

1972

US $11.00

Secret Origins (1973)

#1

 Feb/Mar

1973

US $14.00

Bronze Age (56 covers)

Justice League of America (1960)

#121

 August

1975

US $3.40

Four Star Spectacular (1976)

#4

 Sep/Oct

1976

US $2.70

Justice League of America (1960)

#135

 October

1976

US $4.00

Justice League of America (1960)

#145

 August

1977

US $6.70

Justice League of America (1960)

#146

 September

1977

US $6.40

Secret Society of Super-Villains (1976)

#7

 May/Jun

1977

US $2.50

Showcase (1956)

#101

 June

1978

US $1.89

Showcase (1956)

#102

 July

1978

US $1.89

Showcase (1956)

#103

 August

1978

US $1.89

Wonder Woman (1942)

#249

 November

1978

US $4.80

Justice League of America (1960)

#163

 February

1979

US $1.80

Justice League of America (1960)

#170

 September

1979

US $3.40

World’s Finest Comics (1941)

#256

 Apr/May

1979

US $3.99

World’s Finest Comics (1941)

#257

 Jun/Jul

1979

US $3.60

Justice League of America (1960)

#176

 March

1980

US $4.00

Justice League of America (1960)

#181

 August

1980

US $1.70

DC Comics Presents (1978)

#37

 September

1981

US $4.20

Detective Comics (1937)

#500

 March

1981

US $2.60

Justice League of America (1960)

#188

 March

1981

US $4.00

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#6

 February

1982

US $4.00

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#7

 March

1982

US $3.40

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#8

 April

1982

US $2.99

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#9

 May

1982

US $1.70

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#10

 June

1982

US $2.80

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#11

 July

1982

US $1.70

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#12

 August

1982

US $2.99

Wonder Woman (1942)

#300

 February

1983

US $3.00

DC Comics Presents (1978)

#74

 October

1984

US $4.40

Justice League of America (1960)

#222

 January

1984

US $2.40

Justice League of America (1960)

#225

 April

1984

US $3.90

Justice League of America (1960)

#227

 June

1984

US $4.49

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#46

 June

1985

US $2.60

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#51

 November

1985

US $3.90

The Shadow War of Hawkman (1985)

#1

 May

1985

US $1.80

The Shadow War of Hawkman (1985)

#4

 August

1985

US $2.40

Who’s Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)

#10

 December

1985

US $1.70

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#53

 January

1986

US $2.99

All-Star Squadron (1981)

#59

 July

1986

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#1

 August

1986

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#2

 September

1986

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#3

 October

1986

US $1.80

Hawkman (1986)

#4

 November

1986

US $2.40

Hawkman Special (1986)

#1

 

1986

US $1.70

Infinity, Inc. (1984)

#30

 September

1986

US $2.40

Action Comics (1938)

#588

 May

1987

US $2.60

Hawkman (1986)

#6

 January

1987

US $2.60

Hawkman (1986)

#8

 March

1987

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#10

 May

1987

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#11

 June

1987

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#12

 July

1987

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#13

 August

1987

US $2.60

Hawkman (1986)

#14

 September

1987

US $2.60

Hawkman (1986)

#15

 October

1987

US $1.70

Hawkman (1986)

#16

 November

1987

US $1.70

Young All-Stars (1987)

#2

 July

1987

US $1.70

Power of the Atom (1988)

#4

 November

1988

US $1.70

Dark Age (21 covers)

Hawkworld (1990)

Annual 01

 Annual

1990

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

#1

 June

1990

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#2

 July

1990

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

#4

 September

1990

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

Annual 02

 Annual

1991

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

#7

 January

1991

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

#8

 February

1991

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#10

 April

1991

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#14

 August

1991

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#16

 October

1991

US $1.70

Armageddon: Inferno (1992)

#2

 May

1992

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

Annual 03

 Annual

1992

US $1.79

Hawkworld (1990)

#20

 February

1992

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#22

 April

1992

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#23

 June

1992

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#25

 August

1992

US $1.70

Hawkworld (1990)

#29

 December

1992

US $1.70

Justice Society of America (1992)

#1

 August

1992

US $4.20

Darkstars (1992)

#5

 February

1993

US $1.70

Darkstars (1992)

#6

 March

1993

US $1.70

Hawkman (1993)

#5

 January

1994

US $1.75

Modern Age (110 covers)

All Star Comics (1999)

#2

Late May

1999

 

JSA (1999)

#1

 August

1999

 

JSA (1999)

#2

 September

1999

 

JSA (1999)

#3

 October

1999

 

Sensation Comics (1999)

#1

 May

1999

US $1.80

JLA (1997)

#41

 May

2000

 

JSA (1999)

#6

 January

2000

 

JSA (1999)

#13

 August

2000

 

Legend of the Hawkman (2000)

#1

 July

2000

 

Legend of the Hawkman (2000)

#2

 August

2000

 

Legend of the Hawkman (2000)

#3

 September

2000

 

JSA (1999)

#18

 January

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#19

 February

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#20

 March

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#21

 April

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#25

 August

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#26

 September

2001

 

JSA (1999)

#28

 November

2001

 

Hawkman (2002)

#4

 August

2002

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#7

 November

2002

US $1.70

JLA (1997)

#69

Early October

2002

 

JLA (1997)

#71

Early November

2002

 

JSA (1999)

#36

 July

2002

 

JSA (1999)

#38

 September

2002

 

Catwoman (2002)

#24

 December

2003

 

Hawkman (2002)

#13

 May

2003

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#15

 July

2003

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#16

 August

2003

US $1.70

JLA/Avengers (2003)

#3

 November

2003

 

JSA (1999)

#43

 February

2003

 

JSA: All Stars (2003)

#2

 August

2003

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#22

 February

2004

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#23

Early March

2004

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#26

 May

2004

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#28

 July

2004

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#30

 September

2004

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#33

 December

2004

US $1.70

JSA (1999)

#63

 September

2004

 

JSA: All Stars (2003)

#8

 February

2004

 

Countdown to Infinite Crisis (2005)

#1

 April

2005

 

Hawkman (2002)

#34

 January

2005

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#36

 March

2005

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#40

 July

2005

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#42

 September

2005

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#44

 November

2005

US $1.70

JSA (1999)

#74

 August

2005

 

JSA Strange Adventures (2004)

#4

 January

2005

 

Justice (2005)

#1

 October

2005

 

Rann/Thanagar War (2005)

#2

 August

2005

 

Rann/Thanagar War (2005)

#3

 September

2005

 

Rann/Thanagar War (2005)

#5

 November

2005

 

Rann/Thanagar War (2005)

#6

 December

2005

 

52 (2006)

#26

 November

2006

 

52 (2006)

#5

 June

2006

US $1.70

Hawkgirl (2006)

#50

 May

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#51

 June

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#52

 July

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#53

 August

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#54

 September

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#55

 October

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#56

 November

2006

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#57

 December

2006

 

Hawkman (2002)

#47

 February

2006

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#48

 March

2006

US $1.70

Hawkman (2002)

#49

 April

2006

US $1.70

Justice (2005)

#7

 October

2006

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#2

 November

2006

 

Birds of Prey (1999)

#100

 January

2007

 

Birds of Prey (1999)

#107

 August

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#59

 February

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#60

 March

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#61

 April

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#62

 May

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#63

 June

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#64

 July

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#65

 August

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#66

 September

2007

 

Hawkgirl (2006)

#58

 January

2007

US $1.70

Justice League of America (2006)

#7

 May

2007

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#12

 October

2007

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#14

 December

2007

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#5

 February

2007

US $2.60

Justice League of America (2006)

#15

 January

2008

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#19

 May

2008

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#21

 July

2008

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#22

 August

2008

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#23

 September

2008

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#25

 November

2008

 

Justice Society of America (2007)

#17

 August

2008

 

Blackest Night (2009)

#3

 November

2009

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#28

 February

2009

 

Justice League of America (2006)

#30

 April

2009

 

Justice Society of America (2007)

#26

 June

2009

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#0

 June

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#0

 June

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#1

Early July

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#3

Early August

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#4

Late August

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#11

Early December

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#8

Late October

2010

US $1.70

Justice League: Generation Lost (2010)

#8

Late October

2010

 

Brightest Day (2010)

#13

Early January

2011

US $1.70

Brightest Day (2010)

#18

Late March

2011

US $1.70

Brightest Day (2010)

#23

Early June

2011

US $1.70

The Savage Hawkman (2011)

#13

 December

2012

 

Convergence Hawkman (2015)

#1

 June

2015

 

Death of Hawkman (2016)

#5

 April

2017

 

Justice League (2018)

#2

 August

2018

 

Justice League (2018)

#1

Early August

2018

US $3.99

Wonder Woman (2016)

#48

Early August

2018

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