Could you please tell me which Hawkman is which?
 Ronald King [Ron-Mark@att.net]

Gee, Ronald, I was hoping that after I read LEGEND OF THE HAWKMAN by Ben Raab and Michael Lark, I was going to be able to do just that. I really expected the recent miniseries to set everything straight. Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Set in some nebulous Silver Age time period, LOTH is an adventure starring Katar and Shayera Hol, the Thanagarian police officers on assignment on Earth, disguised as curators of the Midway City Museum. [The first time we see the Hols, Shayera’s name is misspelled as “Shyera.” At first, I thought this was to denote some new incarnation of the Hawks, but then I realized it was just poor proofreading.]

The story is very heavy with heretofore unrevealed Thanagarian religion and bears a remarkable resemblance to a lot of recent “Satan is coming back” movies, with Lucifer replaced by a fallen “angel” of the Hawks’ home world. Hawkgirl is portrayed as a very religious person, while her hubby is pretty close to being an atheist.

Overall, the art’s nice and the story held my interest, but you’ll have to decide for yourself whether you want to spend almost $15 on it. You can probably find better uses for the money. Of course, there are plenty of worse ones too.

Anyway, to answer the question posed some paragraphs above: Egyptian Prince Khufu and his beloved Shiera were slain by their enemy, Hath-Set, high priest of the god Anubis. Centuries later, Khufu was reincarnated as wealthy scientist Carter Hall, Hath-Set as scientist Anton Hastor, and Shiera as archaeologist Shiera Sanders. In order to save his reincarnated love, Hall became Hawkman, donning the mask and wings of the Egyptian hawk-god and utilizing his remarkable “ninth metal” to enable him to fly. Eventually, Shiera was given a similar costume and became Hawkgirl. She also married Carter. This is the couple commonly referred to as the Golden Age version.

Katar and Shayera Hol, the aforementioned police officers from Thanagar, are the Silver Age version. They could talk to birds, used lots of ancient weapons in their battles, and, thanks to Midway City police commissioner Emmett, were able to adopt the identities of Carter and Shiera Hall, curators of the Midway Museum. Over the past 30+ years, much has been done with these two, changing them and their home world to the point where few if any people at DC can make sense of their history now.

There is a new Hawkgirl in the JSA book, but her connection to the previous versions has yet to be explained. There’s been talk of a new Hawkman too… but I haven’t seen anything about him yet.

By the way, one bit of trivia you might not know: It was yours truly, writing the Hawkman series in WORLD’S FINEST, who had Shayera Hol announce that she would henceforth be known as Hawkwoman instead of Hawkgirl.


BOBRO’S TRIVIA QUIZ

1. Just like lots of heroes, Congo Bill got a teenage sidekick; name him.
2. Unusual question: Alfred Hitchcock made cameo appearances in his movies; one artist regularly drew editor Julie Schwartz into his stories. Name the artist…and name the film in which Hitch appeared only in a picture in a newspaper.
3. Like the Human Bomb, which Forever Person has a “megaton touch?”
4. If you can tell me who Willard Weir is, I’ll be really impressed.
5. An actress apparently played the death scene of which Parker?
6. Name the first Howling Commando to die in battle.
7. Silver Age “founder” who suggested DC revive super-heroes; name him.
8. Mom never showed up in the Hanna-Barbera adventures of “Dear Old Dad” and who?
9. Once done by hand, what comics pre-press function is now done on computer, thanks in part to a certain Production Director?
10. Name Gold Key’s “Man of the Atom.”
11. THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL is widely recognized as the first of what format?
12. He’s a minor god and sidekick of Ares who fought Wonder Woman; what’s his name?

BOBRO’S FUN FACTS TO KNOW & TELL:
1. Paprika is the name given to the ripe fruit of the bonnet pepper.
2. Melvil Dewey devised his decimal system for cataloguing books while he was a student at Amherst College.
3. Charlotte Bronte’s best-known book is “Jane Eyre,” published in 1847. That same year sister Emily produced “Wuthering Heights.”


FROM THE EMAILBOX: DIAL “U” FOR UPDATES

Yo, BobRo! In your July 10th column you wrote regarding the use of fan-created characters in the revived DIAL “H” FOR HERO that “Marv Wolfman was the first scripter and I recall that he and editor Len Wein would go through the submissions, choosing characters they found interesting and creating a story around them. [I’ve heard that Paul Kupperberg did not like this method and instead made up the characters himself, but I cannot say for a fact that this is true.]”
It ain’t true. I never had anything to do with DIAL “H”. Except to read it, of course.
 Paul Kupperberg

Sorry about that, PK.
A bit of research on my part would have turned up the fact that Marv Wolfman’s tenure as Dial “H” scripter was followed by my own, with George Kashdan and E. Nelson Bridwell providing a couple of scripts along the way. [ENB and I shared scripting chores when the series moved over to NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY.]

*****

Bob, are you sure that Blackjack was Stephen DeStefano’s only published Dial “H” For Hero character? As editor of that series, I’d swear we published a bunch of them. I mean, Stephen used to send in the ideas by the truckful and most of them were terrific. Is it just my senility showing?
 Len Wein

I had lunch with Stephen a couple of weeks ago and he thought there were others (including Zeep, the Living Sponge, who later resurfaced in HERO HOTLINE), but he could not recall what they were. So, into the BobRo Vault of Comics I went and a perusal of the Dial “H” run in ADVENTURE COMICS turned up Captain Electron in #479, Zeep and Thumbelina in #483, and Blackjack in #490.

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Regarding questions in last week’s column, my pal Bob Greenberger checked in with some info…
First, Power Girl’s baby was born for a purpose, was grown up and sent off to find his destiny. She was mystically impregnated and all that for some higher reason…. It was some Gerry Jones reason… back in JLE… but it was stupid and I forgot it.
Second, Bruno Premiani died at least fifteen years ago.


REVIEW: THE DOOM THAT CAME TO GOTHAM by Mike Mignola, Richard Pace, Troy Nixey and Dennis Janke

It’s 1928 and Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City after twenty years at sea, most recently on a trip to Antarctica where he tracks down an explorer named Cobblepot who has become one with the penguins and finds another man who can’t seem to keep cold enough.

From there, this is a mix of ancient demons and pre-Depression versions of many familiar Batman/ DCU characters — perhaps a few too many, some of whom seem thrown in simply to keep the Elseworlds premise going – that held my interest and kept me reading.

The one thing keeping me from praising this miniseries more fervently is the art in the third issue. Nixey’s storytelling ability, which was fairly stable in the first two issues, was seriously lacking in the finale. Some of the pages were so confusing, I had trouble figuring out what was supposed to be going on.

Like LEGEND OF THE HAWKMAN, you’ll have to decide for yourself if it’s worth almost $15 to read Also like LOTH, in what seems to be becoming standard in DC books these days, the proofreading is less than stellar. In a single panel, one character is referred to as Henry QUINN and Henry QUEEN.


MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX: NUMBERS, PLEASE!
How valuable are SAD SACK comics from the 1950s?
 Anne Fischer [anne-dyer@hotmail.com]

I have a 1962 Dell comic title MARGIE. Is it worth anything?
 Marge Glauser [MEGlauser@aol.com]

How much is a copy of TARZAN #246 worth now?
 Scott [atomjla@aol.com]

Comic books – like all other “collectibles” — are worth what somebody is willing to pay you for them…or what YOU are willing to pay somebody else for them.
SAD SACK comics from the 1950s catalog at around $2.50 each in good condition, with the earliest ones commanding higher prices.
The MARGIE comic catalogs at $3.60 in good condition, but it is probably more valuable to someone named Marge than the average comics fan.
And TARZAN #246 catalogs at just $1.00 in good condition.
Obviously, there isn’t much demand for any of these books, despite the fact that they all are 25 to 40+ years old.


STILL MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX: POTPOURRI
Any word on who will write the second X-Men title?
 Bill Gunn [obiwangunn@yahoo.com]

As you probably already learned from checking the news section here at Silver Bullet Comics, Grant Morrison and Joe Casey have been tapped as the X-writers. [If you don’t regularly check out the news section… and the other columns and features here at SBC, why not?]

All the folks whose questions and comments appeared here (even Paul Kupperberg, Len Wein, and Bob Greenberger) earned a 10% discount on anything they order this week from Comics Unlimited through SBC. Want to get the answer to the comics question that’s always bothered you and save some bucks at the same time? Use the convenient box in the column to the left. I’ll be waiting for your email… till next time.


TRIVIA ANSWERS:
Check your calendar. Abbreviations of the months appear in this dozen answers.
1. JANu
2. Sid Greene; liFEBoat
3. MARk moonrider
4. cAPRicorn
5. aunt MAY
6. JUNior JUNiper
7. JULius schwartz
8. AUGie doggie
9. color SEParations
10. dOCTor solar
11. graphic NOVel
12. duke of DECeption

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