World’s Finest #277 (March 1982) FN $5.40
One of the many scary things about COVID 19 is in how it has affected literally everything about our lives – and what is more American or sacred than comic books? Of course, do not answer that! That was a rhetorical question. But I think it is interesting when one realizes how much of an impact this crisis has had on literally every aspect of our society and culture. For example, the company that is responsible for the distribution of comic books to bookstores throughout the United States, Diamond Distribution, announced last week they were shutting down as they could not pay the publishers. Then, I received notice that the company that I have been buying comic books from for about four years now was deemed a nonessential business by the state of Texas and they have shut their doors not only to their brick-and-mortar operation but also to their online ordering. This insipid creature is certainly having a ripple effect throughout the economy.
Oh well, I have a backlog of comics from February and I shall present them here starting with World’s Finest #277 from March 1982. The Hawkman feature in this issue continues the storyline started a number of issues prior. Hawkgirl (Hawkwoman as she wishes to now be called) has run off and left Hawkman. It is unclear exactly where she is. She is thought to be either in Hyperspace looking for the lost Thanagarian Armada or possibly undercover on the planet Thanagar. Meanwhile back on Earth, Mavis Trent, the girl anthropologist, continues her attempts at seducing Carter. While that pesky FBI agent continues sniffing around, insisting that Shiera is connected to the robberies conducted earlier by the Matter Master.
From the solicitation: 52-page giant. Superman and Batman star in “Beasts of Plague” (script by Cary Burkett, pencils by Don Heck, inks by Romeo Tanghal), Green Arrow in “Green Arrow Sought for Questioning in Murder” (script by Mike Barr, pencils by Trevor Von Eeden, inks by Rodin Rodriguez), Zatanna in “Doppleganger” (script by Paul Kupperberg, art by Dan Spiegle), Hawkman in “I Have My Wings and I Must Fly” (script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Rodriguez), and Captain Marvel Jr. in “The Menace of the Moon-Tree” (script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Frank Chiaramonte). Third-page Gene Colan bio. Comic strip by Fred Hembeck. George Perez cover. Cover price $1.00. Grade: Fine