Hawkgirl/Covergirl Collection #104

World’s Finest #276 (February 1982) FN $5.40

I am currently collecting a series of issues of World’s Finest from the early 1980s in which the Hawks appeared under the title “Hawkman”.

Hawkgirl, or Hawkwoman, as she demanded to be called, appeared in most of the 21 issues from #256 to #282 of World’s Finest. The period covered was from May 1979 to August 1982. So far, I have collected seven and in no particular order. Hawkgirl does not appear on the cover of #276 and only Hawkman is mentioned in the masthead.

Cover by George Perez

The main story featured Batman and Superman vs. Doctor Double-X, super villain capable of creating an energy twin who could commit crimes in an independent manner.

The Hawkman story is titled “Sting”-ing in the Rain! It is part of a story arc, that started with the insect invasion of Midway City in World’s Finest #266.

Art by Carmine Infantino & Robin Rodriguez

Experiencing an identity crisis, Shayera has left Katar. She said that it is more than just her wanting to be called Hawkwoman instead of Hawkgirl. She said that she is feeling stifled. In her letter, she informed him that she was taking their rocket ship and flying into hyperspace to rescue the Thanagarian armada – hoping that they will side with the rebel cause against the tyrant Hyathis.

In Hawkgirl’s absence, her alter-identity, Sheira Hall is accused by the FBI of robbing the museum. Meanwhile Mavis Trent, girl anthropologist, is coming on to Sheira’s husband.

From the solicitation: 52-page giant. Superman and Batman star “Double X Means Double Death” (script by Mike Barr, pencils by Rich Buckler, inks by Bob Smith), Green Arrow in “Bedlam in the Big House” (script by Barr, pencils by Trevor Von Eeden, inks by Larry Mahlstedt), Zatanna in an untitled story (script by Paul Kupperburg, art by Dan Spiegle), Hawkman in “Sting-ing in the Rain” (script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Rodin Rodriguez), and Captain Marvel in “Magicians and Mercenaries” (script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Dan Adkins). Letter to the editor from T.M. Maple. Comic strip by Fred Hembeck. George Perez cover. Cover price $1.00. Grade: Fine