Detective Comics #446

There is a bonus associated with Hawkgirl being a “rare bird” – when she did put in an appearance, it was in a variety of places. This was particularly true during the Seventies. Between 1970 and 1979, she appeared 43 times in nine different series – with most appearances in Justice League of America and Detective Comics. Submitted for your approval, another addition to the Hawkgirl/Covergirl collection with yet another issue where Hawkgirl does not appear on the cover but she does make appearance between the covers. This one is significant for not what Hawkgirl does, but for what she doesn’t do.

Detective Comics (1937 1st Series) #446 (April 1975) VG 4.0 $6.00

Cover by Jim Aparo

Her appearance in issue #446 is limited to two panels and starts out at 6 AM at the Midway city home of Carter and Shiera Hall. Carter is on his way to work as curator of the Midway city Museum. Shiera is playing housewife. In panel two, Carter chucks her under the chin saying that she needs to stay home because she is not fully recovered from the Equalizing Germ*. The asterisk took the reader to a footnote. The editor’s explanation is that this is to be revealed in JLA #119.

Shiera’s only appearance in Detective Comics #446

Carter tells Shiera that besides her not feeling well, she needs stay in order to get them settled into their new home. Apparently, Carter thinks moving into a new home is less strenuous than working 9 to 5 at the (quote unquote) hard & boring Museum. At any rate it seems interesting that there was not a spoiler alert regarding issue JLA #119.

In this story, Hawkman is on his way to work when his car suddenly takes flight. When he changes into his costume, he realizes that something had activated the Nth metal in his harness causing the car to lift up with him inside. Carter further realizes that if he were to fly out of the car that the car would go crashing to the ground Carter later discovers that the source of the problem is a device that had been stolen by somebody from a science lab. The bottom line is that the story had nothing to do with furthering the Thanagarian intrigue storyline.

From the solicitationFirst 25-cent cover price. Cover by Jim Aparo. “Slaughter in Silver,” script by Len Wein, art by Jim Aparo; Batman investigates the case of a skeleton found within a silver Batman statue, and crosses swords with master criminal Sterling Silversmith. “The Mystery of the Flyaway Car!,” script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Klaus Janson; Hawkman and Hawkgirl battle a thief. Hostess snack cakes ad with Batman and The Mummy. Claw the Unconquered ad. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25. Grade: VG 4.0