The History of Hawkgirl – Pt. 8

Hawkgirl Origins-Pt.8 – This is a continuation of an exploration of the origin of Hawkgirl in 1940s in words and pictures. In this part, we review the series as it appeared in 1945. This year was not a good one for Shiera/Hawkgirl. First, there were only 8 issues of Flash Comics this year instead of the regular twelve. Also, Shiera/Hawkgirl only appeared in three of those eight books.

Issue #61 of Flash Comics (Jan 1945) saw a continuation the fairytale theme sat in previous issues with a story is titled “Hawkman and the Beanstalk”. Shiera was absent from what was the last Sheldon Moldoff “Hawkman” story. Moldoff, who had been drafted into the military, also did the cover for this issue of Flash Comics. I do not know what Sheldon did immediately after the war, but I do know that he drew the Batman series when I was a kid back in the 1960s.

In fact, Sheldon Moldoff was one of my favorite comic-book artists when I was a kid although I did not even know it. From 1953 to 1968, Mr. Moldoff was a “ghost artist” for the Batman series. Although all Batman comics during that time carried the name Bob Kane, many of the stories were drawn by either Sheldon Moldoff or Carmine Infantino. Despite the “Dark Knight” image that has been forced upon us by Hollywood over the past 30-years. The real Batman was the square-jawed Batman of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s and not the creepy Batman who existed only briefly before WWII.

When Moldoff left, 19-year old artist Joe Kubert took over the series starting with issue #62 where he also drew the cover and Shiera was absent once again.

Shiera appeared next in issue #63 of Flash Comics (March 1945) in a story set in Gotham City’s Chinatown titled “The Tale of the Mystic Urn”

Issue #64 (April 1945) saw the first appearance of a villain called The Monocle, as Shiera suits up for the first time this year as Hawkgirl.

In issue #65 (June 1945), the villain named Simple Simon returns, Joe Kubert does his second Hawkman cover, and Hawkgirl makes her third and final appearance for the year.

See Part 9