Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection Update #57

World’s Finest #272 (Oct 1981) FN 6.0 $6.00

You will not find Hawkgirl on this cover. She is, however, between the covers in a story titled “Drive Me to the Moon” (script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Rodin Rodriguez). I have decided to now include in the collection, books from the silver age & bronze age that contain stories in which that Hawkgirl appeared. This is the Pre-Crisis era from the late 1950s to 1985. Since comic books available from the 1980s are considerably cheaper than ones that are older, I am going to start there first and work my way back until I get out of my price range.

During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Hawks did not have their own series and they appeared in anthology series such as Detective Comics, DC Presents, and World’s Finest. World’s Finest #272 (October 1981) is the 2nd part of a three-part story-arc and I started with this one because of a rather well-known scene that occurs within the story. It is in this story that Hawkgirl proclaims: “The connotations of the word ‘girl’ on Earth do not please me.” She told her husband that from now on she was to be known as “Hawkwoman”.

The name-change lasted off and on into the mid-1990s. Since 1999, there have been two versions of the character co-existing: Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders of the planet Earth and Shayera “Hawkwoman” Hol of the planet Thanagar.

From the solicitation:
52-page giant. Superman and Batman star in “Assault on the Fortress of Solitude” (script by Cary Burkett, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Joe Giella), Green Arrow in “A Bloody Crown for a Cold Corpse” (script by Bob Haney, pencils by Trevor Von Eeden, inks by Brett Breeding), Hawkman in “Drive Me To the Moon” (script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Rodin Rodriguez), Red Tornado in “Winds of Change” (script by Gerry Conway, pencils by Jose Delbo, inks by Breeding), and Mary Marvel in “Chain Lightning” (script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Steve Mitchell). Third-page Don Newton bio. Comic strip by Fred Hembeck. Ross Andru cover pencils, Dick Giordano cover inks. Cover price $1.00. Grade: FN 6.0