World’s Finest #279 (May 1982) VG – $4.99
Continuing with the comic books I bought in February, here is one more in the string of the World’s Finest series that the Hawks appeared in in the late Seventies and early Eighties. The Hawkman feature ran as one of four features presented in the long running series from May 1979 to August 1982. Presented here is World’s Finest #279 from May 1982. Hawkman appears on the cover along with Superman, Batman, Shazam! (aka Captain Marvel) and Green Lantern. Absent from cover is Hawkgirl and because she is still “lost in hyperspace” she is also absent from the story.
Hawkman appears in the story titled “Pirates of the Spaceways” created once again by the team of Bob Rozakis (writer) and Alex Saviuk (artist). In the story, Hawkman adds an hyperdrive to a Thanagarian spaceship and ventures into hyperspace to look for the missing Hawkgirl. He is distracted from his quest by some weird space phenomena. Receiving a distress signal, Hawkman is compelled to respond if able. This turns out to be a trap set by a gang of pirates led by one Capt. Czemm. During a fracas with the pirates, Hawkman witnesses an apparition of his wife Shayera. Thrown off for just a second, Hawkman is knocked unconscious. The captain of the pirates then orders his men to take Katar to his ship which they will then commandeer and use to continue their plundering of hyperspace.
52-page giant. Superman and Batman star in “Kidnapped” (script by Cary Burkett, pencils by Keith Pollard, inks by Mike DeCarlo), Green Arrow in “The Hidden Soul of Harmony” (script by Joey Cavalieri, pencils by Trevor Von Eeden, inks by Larry Malhstedt), Hawkman in “Pirates of the Spaceways” (script by Bob Rozakis, pencils by Alex Saviuk, inks by Frank Chiaramonte).and the (Captain) Marvel family in “When Bancroft Fisher Dies, Everybody Dies” (script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Don Newton, inks by Frank Chiaramonte). Capt Marvel Jr. and Kid Eternity are revealed to be brothers. Statement of ownership–average print tun 230,006; average paid circulation 73,475. Pollard cover? Cover price $1.00. Grade: Very Good