Explaining the history of Hawkman’s comics

Here are the facts about the Hawk, which are quite simple: it was first introduced in Flash comics #1 in 1940, he prefers using a mace as a weapon, has large artificial wings, and is usually side-by-side with Hawkgirl/Hawkwoman. Then it gets a little weird. Most often, this is the human archaeologist Carter Hall, the reincarnation of the Egyptian prince Khufu. Or like Katar Hall from Thanagar. Or, sometimes, a fusion of the two. It’s a complex but extremely compelling backstory for a hero to play Aldis Hodge in the next DC movie, black adam.

Hawkman’s debut in comics

Hawkman starts to enter Flash comics wouldn’t seem like something that would destroy the space-time continuum of DC’s origins. He started out as an archaeologist at Carter Hall, as mentioned above. Prince Khufu’s last incarnation discovered the ninth or nth metal that defied gravity, allowing him to fly. Wearing a suit with large wings and a mask shaped like a golden hawk, Hall became Hawkman, fighting the evils of crime and Nazis in no particular order. Through his profession as a museum curator, Hall had access to the museum’s cache of ancient weapons that he used in his heroic campaigns. Hawkman was also assisted in the fight against crime by his fellow hawk, Big Red.

Justice Society of America

In the winter of 1940 All star comics #3 introduced the Justice Society of America, the first superhero team in comics. Founding members of the JSA included Doctor Fate, Hour, Ghost, Sandman, Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, and of course, Hawkeye, who became president of the JSA in issue #8. While fighting evil, Hall was reunited with Khufu’s reincarnated wife, Shiera Saunders, aka Hawkgirl. For 11 years, this version of the character remained the status quo until Hawkman’s time in the Golden Age of Comics ended in 1951. All star comics #57.

Number Qatar

Then came 1961, the first change in Hawkman’s origin story and ground zero for the fiasco that would follow the hero for years. DC has decided to relaunch its Golden Age heroes in new incarnations while keeping their names and powers. Hawkman was reintroduced in the pages Brave and bold #34 as Katar Khol, an alien police officer from the planet Thanagar who, along with his wife Shayera, pursued a fugitive Thanagarian to Earth, where they decided to stay. Naturally, they needed pseudonyms, so they took the names Carter and Shiera Hall, curators of a museum in Midway City. Makes sense, right? And get this: He also liked to use vintage weapons to fight crime! Of course, this was the case, as it was soon revealed that the Katar Hall version of the character lived on Earth-1, while the original version of Hawkman lived on a parallel world, Earth-2. Sometimes they met when a global threat required both the JSA and the Justice League of America to team up to stop it, but in theory it didn’t matter.

Hawkman in the film “Crisis on Infinite Earths”

Cult Crisis on Infinite Earths series in 1985, when Hawkman’s origins really became problematic. For those who don’t know Crisis was a massive overhaul of DC continuity that purged an infinite number of Earths – seemingly created on a whim to serve the storyline – into a single Earth with a revised timeline. In this timeline, the JSA existed and was active in the 1940s, while the JLA also existed decades after the JSA days. So Hawkman was active in the 1940s, but didn’t arrive on Earth until the 1980s. Various writers have tried to clean up the mess, only making things more complicated.

This is where things get confusing

Now that Hawkman’s presence in DC continuity is confusing, what better way to clear things up than to throw in another origin story? Series DC Hawk world paints the Thanagar as a society that seeks to conquer other worlds in order to improve itself. Katar Hall, the son of a Tanagarian official, rebelled against the tyranny, leading to Katar and his partner Shayra being exiled to Earth. So follow me, children. This new Katar Hall has just arrived on Earth. But if he is Katar Hall, then who was the other Katar Hall? Explanations included that there were other versions; version of the Golden Age characters who are still active after retiring in 1951, a Thanagarian agent named Fel Andar who is sent to spy on the JLA in the 1980s, and simply combining all the different Hawkmen into one ” hawk god” (but only on the basis of add-hawk).

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Finish, the 1999 JSA series offered a viable (for comics) solution to the Gordian knot that was the Hawkman mythology. It all started with the Egyptian prince Khufu – remember him? The series reveals that Khufu discovered a wrecked Thanagarian ship, and furthermore, every version of Hawkman in existence was a reincarnation of Khufu, who was cursed to be forever reborn and become a hawk-themed hero each time. Only the very first Hawk is actually Qtar the Deadly, an extra-Egyptian who chose to be reborn again and again until he saved more lives than he took as the Genocidal Deadly. do? Oh, silly reader. If only. The A hawkish man The 2018 series showed that Khufu and his wife Chai-Ara reincarnated well, but not linearly. They reincarnate in time and space, appearing on Earth, Krypton, and other planets in the past and present. They simply cannot remember who, when and where they were. Clean as mud, right? And that still it’s just an overview, as shown in this detailed flowchart of The Hawkman’s Life.

Hawk man in movies and on television

As such, this convoluted story is usually watered down with versions of the Katar Hall or Carter Hall character used in other media. Qatar Hall is the epitome great friends, young justice, Justice League actionand in the 1979 telecast legends of superheroesinterpreted Bill Nuckols. Carter Hall’s iteration of the character appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Super Hero Girls, Smallville, DC Legends of the Futureand in star girl. . . . Portrait of Aldis Hodge black adam falls into the latter category and, given the Egyptian connection there, is likely to be a key plot element in the interaction between Hodge’s righteous Falcon and Dwayne Johnsonthe anti-hero Tet-Adam, aka Black Adam.

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