Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection #113

With the exception of about a dozen books from the Golden age and from the early Silver age that are beyond my price range I believe I have collected most if not all of the comic books upon whose covers Hawkgirl has appeared. From Hawkman #3 (1964) to Justice League #36A (January 2020), I have collected approximately 220 Hawkgirl covers and I think I am missing only a few. My current focus is on collecting books from the 1970s where although Hawkgirl does not appear on the cover she appears within the story or is at least mentioned as part of the storyline in the form of an excuse as to why she is not present.

Back at the end of 2019, a long story arc ended in the current run of Justice league. Hawkgirl was very much a part of the plot. Following that handful of shorter story arcs begin; none of which involved Hawkgirl. It is as though she just disappeared. Over the years that something that Hawkgirl fans have come to expect. However, there is good news from another series – the Robert Venditti run of Hawkman – where she appears as Hawkwoman, the present-day manifestation of her Silver Age persona. Coincidentally, Mr. Venditti also helms the writing duty of the latest run of Justice League. So maybe he cannot juggle two Hawkgirls at the same time. I imagine that they would be a handful.

World’s Finest # 258 (September 1979) VG $5.49

Cover art by Neal Adams

The Hawkman story told in this issue takes place following the events depicted in Showcase #101 – 103. The Rann-Thanagar war has ended and the Hawks have returned to Earth. As the story begins, they are on a rather mundane mission to observe the giant red spot on Jupiter. While Hawkman is on EVA and photographing the planet Jupiter, Hawkgirl detects a massive object approximately three AUs from their current position and on a collision course with the planet Earth. Heading in that direction at near impossible speeds, the Hawks overtake the giant ship and find that it is filled with elephant-like creatures who are in suspended animation. They determined that the ship is under the control of a giant computer but that they are unable to communicate with it. Finally, the ship’s captain awakens and realizing that the earth is in danger he orders the giant computer to shut down.

script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Romeo Tanghal

68-page giant. Superman and Batman in “The Curse of Krypton” (script by Denny O’Neil, pencils by Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, inks by Dick Giordano), Black Lightning in “The Blood of the Lamb” (script by O’Neil, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Romeo Tanghal), Green Arrow in “One Man Can Cry” (script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Jose Delbo, inks by Dave Hunt), Hawkman in “Death Orbit” (script by Conway, pencils by Buckler, inks by Tanghal), and Captain Marvel in “The Courtship of Captain Nazi” (script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Kurt Schaffenberger). Neal Adams front cover, Dick Giordano back cover. Cover price $1.00. Grade: Very Good