April Showers

This month I added four covers to the Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection. I bought two from the 1970s and two from the 1980s. For the two issues from 1977, I paid approximately $6.50 for each and the two issues from 1985, I paid about $1.50 each.

Justice League of America #146 FN/VF 7.0 (September 1977) – One of the issues from the 1970s does not include Hawkgirl on the cover and it is significant for that reason. It is in this issue that Hawkgirl first becomes a member of the Justice League of America.

Her induction into the legendary group, occurs rather hurriedly in the final three panels and in a rather unceremonious manner they do not even mention her name. I love the way that Black Canary says in a sort “drumroll” fashion: “Well, I’ll tell you, Ollie… I think we’re about to have an election!”

Next item on the list is Justice League of America #145 FN/VF- 7.5 (August 1977) – I paid $6.40 for it. This was one cover where for a long time I wasn’t sure if it was Hawkgirl. On the cover all of the characters appear behind fiery orange-yellow Xs and you can see Wonder Woman, Black Canary, Green Arrow, Batman, and the down at the bottom there is Hawkman and just to the right of him is appears to be Hawkgirl but her headdress is so strangely drawn that I was not sure if the character was Hawkgirl or not.

It is in this issue that Count Crystal attempts to seduce Hawkgirl however she gets the upper hand. She is the overall heroine of the issue; saving everyone else’s butt.

Next, is a kind of an odd one. It is Who’s Who-The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #10 (December 1985).

This installment of the 26-issue “directory”, published between 1985 and 1987, contains a page for each DC Comics character “G” through “H” and as such contains not only a page for the original Hawkgirl (Shiera Hall)…

…but also, a page for the silver age, Thanagarian Hawkwoman (Shayera Hol) …

But wait! There’s more! While Hawkwoman (Shayera Hol) appeared on the front cover; Hawkgirl (Shiera Hall) appeared on the back cover.

Finally, there is Hawkman Special #1 FN (1986), This one-shot special was a sequel to the “Shadow War of Hawkman” saga and it proceeded the Hawkman series that ran for 17-issues from August 1986 to December 1987.

In this one, we get to see what kind of jammies Hawkgirl wears. The 80s Hawks were more domestic than in any other period.

The collection now contains 79 issues.