September Covers

Today I added 6 books to my Hawkgirl cover collection. In this order, we added two JLAs, three Hawkman vol.2, and a special one from November 1988. I now have 30 books in the collection and the current plan is to purchase 35 additional covers. That will cover what I can afford for the period from the 1960s to the 1980s. I am certain that once I have completed that part of the collection, I will then move on to 1990s and the modern era of comic books.

Here is the September order:

Justice League of America Vol. 1 #225 (FN) (April 1984)

This cover is in FN condition and I paid less than $4 for this JLA issue from April 1984. The rest of the books in this order were also under $4.

Hawkgirl is seen on the cover, wings spread, as she swoops in to save Black Canary, Zatanna, and Green Arrow from imminent destruction by the demon Hellrazer. Hawkgirl (now Hawkwoman during the early 80s) actually has a major role in this story about a dangerous cult led by Lord Gravesend.

Here is a synopsis courtesy of DC Database (a fandom wikia)

“When a strange group of men breaks into Ray Palmer’s office and steals a sample of a substance called Luciferase, the Atom summons the Justice League. Zatanna recognizes the group’s symbol as that of Fiatlux, an ancient cult devoted to world domination, so while Atom and Hawkman attempt to trace the Luciferase, Zatanna, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Hawkwoman investigate the cult. Even as Green Arrow and the three heroines battle the cultists in their headquarters, cult leader Lord Gravesend uses the Luciferase to unleash the demon Hellrazer.”

Justice League of America Vol. 1 #227 (FN) (June 1984)

Looking at this cover, if you squint you might be able to pick-out Hawkgirl (er… excuse me, Hawkwoman), as she assists her fellow members of the JLA as they take on Lord Claw and his dragons. And of course, once again we see Zatanna taking center-stage in the story. I can just imagine Hawkgirl doing her best impression of Jan Brady in regards to Zatanna once again getting all of the attention: Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!

Here is a synopsis courtesy of DC Database (a fandom wikia)

Lord Claw, the third Fiatlux leader, takes command of the cult after the defeats of Gravesend and Arsenic, with the aid of his “dragons,” actually genetically altered lizards. Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Hawkwoman re-turn from Hellrazer’s dimension with Zatanna to join the other JLA members in attacking Claw’s island base, unaware that Zatanna has been possessed by the demon. Hellrazer emerges from Zatanna’s form and destroys Lord Claw, taking over Fiatlux in his own behalf, but Zatanna, fortunately, recalls the spell that will transport the demon back to his own world from his use of it during her possession, and uses it to send him back.

The purchase of these two issues almost completes the collection of Pre-Crisis, Silver Age covers with Hawkgirl. There are a couple in which only a bust of her head appears on the cover and I debating whether or not they count. There is one issue that I recently discovered and I still want to buy, it is Adventure Comics #416, but I have not yet found a copy in my price range. I found one near-mint priced at $168 and another rated VG 4.0 selling for $24. My price range is $9 or less for each issue.

So, for now, I am going start purchasing from the post-crisis list and because prices are very much the same throughout the 1980s, I decided to go out of chronological order and buy covers in the order of which ones I like the best. For the rest of order, I went with three covers from the second Hawkman series and a cover from another short-lived series from 1988.

The second Hawkman series lasted for 17 issues from August 1986 to December 1987. I count that Hawkgirl appeared on 12 out 17 covers. This is twice the number of covers that she had during the 27 issue run of Hawkman vol. 1 in the 1960s.

Hawkman vol.2 #6 (VF) (January 1987)

This is one of my all-time favorite Hawkgirl covers. Also, the story in this issue is one of the most exciting stories where Hawkgirl plays a major role.

Here is a synopsis courtesy of DC Database (a fandom wikia)

“Lionmane transforms the Midway City Zoo into a jungle under his mental control and defeats the efforts of the police to stop him. Meanwhile, at the city hospital, Stewart Frazier tries in vain to convince Hawkwoman to leave the side of her critically wounded husband to help in the battle, even as the Thanagarians covertly kidnap Joe Tracy and the gravely injured Corla from elsewhere in the building. Hawkwoman finally joins the fight against Lionmane when the Gentleman Ghost appears and gallantly volunteers to watch over Hawkman in her absence. She finally defeats Lionmane by flying him into the upper atmosphere where the intense cold saps his strength and he changes back to Ed Dawson. Back at the hospital, Hawkman miraculously recovers from his injury.”

Hawkman vol.2 #12 (FN) (July 1987)

Another cover where Hawkgirl is in the actual center of the cover. Most of the time, when Hawkgirl did appear on the cover she was somewhere in the background, off in one of the corners.

This story is filled with loads of banter going back and forth between the husband and wife team as they beat the crap out of the bad guys. We learn that Shayera likes to eat popcorn in bed.

Hawkman vol.2 #16 (VF) (November 1987)

Another great Hawkgirl cover. On this one, she shares the cover with one of the Hawks’ super villains from the Golden Age: The Gentleman Ghost. I have only recently started reading Hawkman vol. 2, but from what I gather the Gentleman Ghost now hangs out in the museum and he has become a “friendly ghost”.

The story in this issue is titled “Lost in Limbo”. Hawkwoman joins the Gentleman Ghost in a mystical realm betwixt life and death. This is a common theme that repeats over and over again in the mythos of Hawkman and Hawkgirl as their origin story is one that deals with death and reincarnation.

Finally, I wrapped-up my September order with the last cover in my overall list:

Power of the Atom #4 (VF 8.0)(November 1988)

This was published the month and year that my son, Aaron was born. This series was published for 18 issues from August 1988 to November 1989. Atom and Hawkman were best friends from way back in the early Sixties. Hawkman appeared on two covers in this series and Hawkgirl joined him on one of those covers.