Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection Update #53

Here is yet another update of the Hawkgirl/Covergirl collection. I collect comic books and only ones with Hawkgirl on the cover. This time around I must confess to impulse-buying. I had planned on not buying more comic books until after the new year. But when I got an email alerting me to the availability of a book that was on my want list, I just had to get it. Yet, this time around the box that I pulled out my mailbox was four times thicker than what I normally receive from my comic book dealer. At first, I was a little bit confused until I remembered what I had bought.

I don’t spend a lot of money on comics book. I usually don’t spend more than 20 dollars each time around. I used to smoke & drink and I figure that cost me about $150 bucks each month. I quit smoking about four years ago and I stopped drinking last year. So, I decided that with the money I saved I would spend a little bit of that on a hobby. It was about two years ago that I revived my interest in comic books. It is something that had been dormant for over 45 years.

Anyway, enough with the explanations and excuses, let’s see what I got…

Wonder Woman #48-B (August 2018)

Cover by Jenny Frison

Written by James Robinson. Art by Jesus Merino. Cover by Jenny Frison. ‘The Dark Gods’ part three! Every hero on Earth has tested their mettle against the Dark Gods – except for Wonder Woman, who’s not on Earth! With Diana lost in space fighting off the Gods’ assault on the Star Sapphires, it’s down to Jason to protect her planet and her friends…but, uh, he hasn’t won a fight yet… 32 pages, full color. Rated T Cover price $2.99. Grade: Very Fine

This book was published this past summer but apparently, it sold out rather quickly. I put this one on my want list as soon as I saw it.

On the cover, we see Hawkgirl with Wonder Woman, Supergirl, the Green Lantern named Jessica Cruz. The cover is by Jenny Frison, the story was written by James Robinson, with art by Jesus Merino. The grade for this book VF (very fine), and I paid a little less than the cover price.

I have read that there was a solicit cover that was with the solicitation sent out to comic dealers earlier in the year that showed Wonder Woman with Supergirl and Jessica on the cover, but no Hawkgirl. I would say that is pretty typical and that is why I refer to Hawkgirl as a rare-bird. My theory is that due to her wings she’s a hard fit on most covers where she is not the main subject.

But anyway, this cover sold out quickly and I didn’t think I would see it listed this soon. So, I jumped on it when I saw. Since I didn’t want to waste paying postage for only a $2.59 VF book. I added some other items to the order and kept the purchase under $20.

Justice League of America #176 (March 1980) VG+ 4.5

Cover by Dick Dillin and Dick Giordano

Cover art by Dick Dillin and Dick Giordano for “The Dream Factories of Doctor Destiny!” in which the JLA continue their battle with Doctor Destiny (continued from #175). Plotted by Ross Andru and written by Gerry Conway with art by Dick Dillin and inks by Frank McLaughlin. Features heroes this issue: Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Red Tornado, and Zatanna. Cover price $0.40. Grade: VG+ 4.5

This is the second copy of this issue that I bought. It is a replacement for a copy that was damaged. I previously had a few the Hawkgirl/Covergirl collection displayed up on a wall in my office and it was only about a week or so ago that I made a discovery that some of the ones that I was displaying appeared to have become damaged. I don’t know if the damage was caused by sunlight or by the sleeves that I used to display the covers. What was happening was the reds in some of the places were turning yellow.

For example, here is what the damage to the cover of #176 looks like:

I bought this earlier copy the summer before last and I paid $4. At the time it was rated VF- and you can see it could no longer be considered very fine. Because it is not torn or creased but it does have color damage it might get a Good rating. I don’t know

So, I am looking to over time replace the five or six covers that were damaged. The replacement is rated VG+ which is a 4.5 rating and I paid three dollars for it.

On the cover, we see Hawkgirl along with Red Tornado, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. The villain depicted on the cover here is one that has been around since the early 60s and was a longtime foe of the Justice League of America. It is Dr. Destiny. This is the scary skull-headed version of Dr. Destiny. His appearance here is on this cover is the second part of a story that began in issue #175 titled “The Dream Factories of Dr. Destiny” and it is from March 1980.

Showcase Presents Teen Titans TPB (2006-2007 DC) 2-1ST FN

Cover by Nick Cardy and Neal Adams

Volume 2 – 1st printing. Collects Teen Titans (1966-1978 1st Series) #19-36, Brave and the Bold (1955-1983 1st Series) #83 and 94, and World’s Finest (1941-1986) #205. Written by Bob Haney and Steve Skeates. Art by Nick Cardy and Neal Adams. In this exciting volume, the Titans meet Hawk and The Dove as they encounter mystery and intrigue on college campuses and in city streets. Guest-starring Batman, Superman, and the Justice League of America. Softcover, 512 pages, B&W. Cover price $16.99. Grade: Fine

In addition to the Hawkgirl/Covergirl collection, I also collect a trade paperback series called “Showcase Presents…”. This is a line of black and white paperback books published by DC Comics.

The original ‘Showcase Presents…” series was an anthology series that was published between 1956 and 1970. The trade paperback series by the same name is a collection series that collects all of the issues of almost all super-hero titles published by DC Comic Books from the mid-fifties to the early 1970s so it is basically volumes and volumes of comic books that were published when I was a kid growing up in the 1960s and early 1970s.

The only downside is that everything is in black-and-white and printed on newsprint paper. One of the upsides is there over 500 pages of comics per volume.

So far, I have about two dozen of these books – I think there are probably about a 100 or so volumes that have been published between 2005 and present.

There are a number of series that I haven’t yet started collecting. Aquaman, Flash, and Wonder Woman are missing from my collection. I have only a couple of volumes of Superman. I have the two Supergirl volumes. Two of the four Legion of Super-Heroes. I have two out of six Green lantern and the only one Batgirl. I have all six volumes of Justice League of America.

I have two volumes containing the 27 issues of Hawkman that ran from 1964 to 1968. Everyone knows that I read that series when I was a kid, not because of Hawkman, but because of Hawkgirl. Well, maybe not everyone.

I started collecting this series 1st about two years ago as a joke. I was kidding my mother about the time she threw out my comic book collection in 1973. I told her that I was building the collection over again and then some

What I bought this time around was a volume that I found listed at my comic book dealer’s website.

Each volume is the series normally sells for about $18 but I have been able to find copies from this series in very good condition for anywhere from $6.99 to $9.99. In some cases, if it is offered with Prime and I get free shipping.

When I shop at Amazon, I can go into the Used section and find some very competitive pricing. I noticed that my comic book dealer sells this series and not all but, in some cases, they are priced around seven or eight dollars.

So for this order, I figured I would buy a Showcase Presents and I found this one this is Showcase Presents Teen Titans 2nd Volume (1st printing). It is rated Fine and it contains a portion of the Teen Titans series from the late 60s to early 70s. It includes a couple of appearances in Brave and the Bold and one World’s Finest Comics. This volume covers the years 1969 to 1971. There are 17 issues from the Teen Titans series. This is the Teen Titans series that ran from 1966 to 1978. There are only two volumes in the Showcase Presents… run of this title and this volume ends with issue #36 of the Teen Titans (November 1971).

I believe there is some sort of dispute between DC and the artists that is the cause the “Showcase Presents…” series ending its coverage of certain titles sometime in the mid-70s. As a result, there are a number of silver-age and bronze-age comic book series that are not fully covered by the series.

I haven’t paid too much attention to this Teen Titan series because when I was a kid, I thought of Teen Titans being the Justice League in short pants and I was way too cool to have ever been caught reading a comic book titled “Teen Titans”.

But today I am a huge fan of the Teen Titans. That is all things Titan, including the cartoons and the live series on DC Universe. I love, love, love Teen Titans Go on Cartoon Network.

This past year I read most of the second Teen Titans series. That is the 2nd series which was titled The New Teen Titans and ran from 1978 to, I think, 1988.

Anyway, I am looking forward to reading this earlier series because it will be all new to me.