Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection #91

Justice League of America #143 (June 1977) VG +$5.70

Here is another comic book from the 1970s wherein Hawkgirl appears between the covers. Justice League of America #143 is a DC Giant. In February 1977, the price of a comic book went from 30 cents to-50 cents with issue #139 of Justice League of America. With this issue the price went to 60 cents and it was justified by a page increase. It was called a Giant because the page count went from 32 pages to 48 pages. On the cover, a contingent of the Justice League looks on as Wonder Woman slams Superman with a left hook.

Cover Artist
Dick Dillin

Because Hawkgirl did not become a member of the League until #146 (September 1977), in this issue she is listed as special guest star. What will it be this time a) damsel-in-distress? b) techie chick from another planet? or c) Robin to Hawkman’s Batman?

And the winner is “Robin to Hawkman’s Batman”

Writer Steve Englehart – Artist Dick Dillin

They seem shocked when Tatooed Man disappears. His tattoos come to life when he touches his skin and everyone freaks out when he disappears. (!??!)

Part of the story told in #143 is the culmination of a story-arc begun four issues prior. It is story about Wonder Woman and her personal problems since her return to the JLA the previous year. Wonder Woman, an original member of the Justice League of America, quit the League in 1969. This occurred in Justice League of America #69. She rejoined the team in March 1976 in issue #128.

In #139 in the story titled “The Ice Age!”, Wonder woman begins to exhibit a quick temper towards her teammates the Flash and Green Arrow. It begins when Green Arrow opens mouth and inserts foot when he says: “And the ladies [Wonder Woman & Black Canary] will tend to the wounded.” Afterwards when the Flash and Green Arrow throw some shade on Wonder Woman the feud begins:

Dick Dillin

The teaser for the next issue (#140) promises more.

The “snappish” story-arc was not touched again until #141 (April, 1977) in a story titled No World Escapes The Manhunters! Hawkgirl does not appear in this issue and the thing going on with Wonder Woman is only a minor plot point involving the Flash and a perceived slight that he receives from Wonder Woman.

Dick Dillin

Then later when the Flash is injured, Wonder Woman feels remorse.

Dick Dillin

In #142, Green Arrow and the Flash sound off to Superman about their grievances with Wonder Woman. Things get a little awkward when Superman speculates about Wonder Woman’s love-life and then says that he is going to talk to her. Green arrow calls her a “razor tongued witch”.

Dick Dillin

Then in this issue (#143), Wonder Woman quits the League for the second time.

Dick Dillin

The final panel is a cringeworthy – but then, hey, it’s the Seventies!

Dick Dillin

Cover pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Jack Abel. A Tale of Two Satellites!, script by Steve Englehart, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Frank McLaughlin; Wonder Woman quits the League, leaving the other heroes to argue in her wake; Wonder Woman battles the Privateer, a new costumed hero who is actually former Manhunter Mark Shaw; Wonder Woman and Superman fight for control of the League; Chronos, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Mirror Master, and Tattooed Man go after the other Leaguers. Card Crimes of the Royal Flush Gang!–100 Issues Ago, script by Gardner Fox and E. Nelson Bridwell (new text), pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Bernard Sachs; reprinted from Justice League of America #43 (select panels with new text). 48 pgs.