Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection #101

Instead of starting off the new year buying newer comic books, I am buying some older comics, including a 45-year-old Batman comic for less than what new comic books cost today. Hawkgirl is not featured on the cover of any of the four books that I recently bought, and she appears inside only three of them. Yet it is all good because each one of them plays a part in the history of the Winged Wonder. Up first…

Detective Comics #455 (January 1976) VG $3.60

Cover by Mike Grell

In a story involving a mysterious escape artist, Hawkgirl appears only in the opening and closing panels. At the end of the story, as in similar situations, Hawkgirl is seen as the team member who knows how to operate complex Thanagarian tech.

Art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez

From the solicitation: Cover by Mike Grell. “Heart of a Vampire,” script by Elliot S. Maggin, art by Mike Grell; Alfred and Bruce are miles outside of town when their car mysteriously overheats; They go to a nearby boarded-up house to find some water for the radiator; Inside they discover a coffin and a very old sunlamp which Bruce accidentally breaks; They split up to search when vampire Gustav Decobra exits the coffin and attacks Bruce who changes to Batman; Batman puts a wooden beam through Gustav’s chest but finds that his heart is not where it should be. “Battle of the Backfiring Weapons,” script by E. Nelson Bridwell, art by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez; Hawkman and Hawkgirl discuss their recent encounters with Chester McCann who seems to have the superpower of triggering fantastic escapes; Hawkman develops a plan; Meanwhile Chester, too, has realized his powers and decides just to begin robbing. Hostess Twinkies ad starring Shazam!, art by Curt Swan. 36 pgs., full color. $0.25. Cover price $0.25. Grade: Very Good