Wednesday, November 21, 2012
THE SECRET ORIGIN OF HAWKMAN
with some kind of Leaf candy - no one seems to remember what kind -
and sold by the Leaf Candy Company as “Comicbook Candy” circa 1980.
As previously noted, each 16-page booklet consistsed of a cover, 14
pages of story and a back cover advertisement for a DC Super Heroes
Collector Album. The miniature comics are 4-1/4" tall and 2-3/4"
wide. A photo of the display box from which this 1980 product was
sold was posted in last Friday’s bloggy thing. The Grand Comics Database
has indexed these booklets. So we know a lot about them, but by no
According to the GCD, Dick Giordano confirmed that he was the inker
of this cover and suspected he penciled it from a layout by Carmine
Infantino. As with a few of the previous booklets, someone at the
GCD opined “it also seems to have a Curt Swan look” and, for once,
I can see that in the two figures. Of course, the GCD also opines
the cover was “somewhat based” on the cover of Hawkman #11 
and I would dispute that. The only similarity is that both covers
show Hawkman fighting the Shrike in the air.
The Shrike does not appear in “How Hawkman Won His Wings!,” which
was drawn by Alex Saviuk with inks by Vince Colletta. The as-yet-
unidentified writer of this story concentrated on how Hawkman and
his dad used their artificial wings for scientific purposes until
Thanagar was invaded by the Manhawks. Father and son figure out how
to guard against the destructive ray-blasts of the creatures with a
winged helmet. After the aliens are defeated, it is decided that
Thanagarian police officers will wear the winged helmets. Only the
last page of the story covers Hawkman and Hawkgirl coming to Earth.
It’s a good story, though penciler Saviuk is hampered by the small
size of the pages and the uninspired inking of his work. The mini-
comic was lettered by Todd Klein.
The Secret Origin of the Justice League will be the lead subject of
tomorrow’s bloggy thing. See you then.
© 2012 Tony Isabella