Justice League of America #109 (February 1974) VG $4.20
This issue is remarkable for two reasons: Hawkgirl neither appears on the cover nor in any of the panels. She is however mentioned in the story and this is the beginning of a very long story arc involving the Hawks, both Hawkman and Hawkgirl, and a crisis imperiling their home planet of Thanagar.
The dramatic scene shown on the cover cascades onto page two. There we see Hawkman announce that he is resigning from the Justice League of America. He became a member in 1964 in Justice league of America #31. Now in 1974, it would be another three years before Hawkgirl would be considered for membership.
From now until the end of the pre-crisis era, the Hawks will be caught up in intrigue involving their home world of Thanagar. One thing that this means is that the writers have an excuse for Hawkgirl’s absence from the story at hand. In this case, her excuse is a domestic one and according to Hawkman she is at home packing for their trip to Thanagar. When he appeared before the Justice league to announce his resignation and their pending departure for their home planet, no one questioned why he continued to hang around and not go home to help Hawkgirl with their packing.
When an unidentified person suddenly shows up on the satellite with a badly beat-up Red Tornado, Hawkman decides that for old times’ sake he would hang around and go on one more adventure with his pals. And after all, who would turn down an adventure the Justice League of America?From solicitation: Cover art by Nick Cardy. The Doom of the Divided Man! starring Batman, The Flash [Barry Allen], The Atom [Ray Palmer], Hawkman [Katar Hol], Black Canary, Elongated Man, Green Arrow, Superman (cameo), Aquaman; Green Lantern Hal Jordan, Red Tornado, and Eclipso [Bruce Gordon], script by Len Wein, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Dick Giordano; Hawkman resigns from the Justice League. 36 pgs. $0.20. Cover price $0.20. Grade: Very Good