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Encyclopedia > Blackhawk (comics)
Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics.
Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics.

Blackhawk is a long-running comic book series published first by Quality and later by National Periodical Publications (which became DC Comics). The series was created by Will Eisner, Chuck Cuidera and Bob Powell, but the artist most associated with the Blackhawks is Reed Crandall. Image File history File links Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics. ... Image File history File links Blackhawk #12 (Autumn, 1946), Quality Comics. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Crack Comics #1 (May, 1940), featuring the Clock, previously introduced as the first masked comic book superhero. ... DC Comics is one of the largest companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ... Will Eisner (March 3, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an acclaimed American comics writer and artist who is considered one of the most important contributors to the development of the medium. ... Reed Crandall (February 22, 1917 - September 13, 1982) was an American illustrator and penciller of comic books and magazines. ...

The series' protagonists, the Blackhawks, are a small team of World War II-era ace pilots of varied nationalities: World War II was a truly global conflict with many facets: immense human suffering, fierce indoctrinations, and the use of new, extremely devastating weapons like the atom bomb World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a mid-20th-century conflict that engulfed much of the globe... A flying ace is a military aviator who has shot down five or more enemy aircraft. ...

Chop-Chop is both the youngest member of the team and the most stereotypical of them all. His initial portrait, while perhaps not atypical of World War II-era perception, would now be considered offensive. The character has however been developed in a more respectful way since, and some fine stories have actually been written around the fact that for decades he was not given enough respect even to wear the same uniform that all his teammates wore. After the series Crisis on Infinite Earths, when many of DC Comics' properties were revamped, the old depiction of Chop-Chop was explained away as a depiction in a comic book featuring the team's adventures which Chop-Chop, now a more realistically drawn man in a standard uniform, found profoundly insulting. ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (French) for I will maintain) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam. ... Cover to Crisis on Infinite Earths #1. ... The current DC Comics logo, adopted in May 2005. ...

Supporting cast included Zinda Blake a.k.a. Lady Blackhawk, who has been time-displaced due to Zero Hour and became a regular character on Guy Gardner comics. As of late 2004 she was the pilot (and supporting character) of the Birds of Prey since they left Gotham City. Zinda Blake, the first Lady Blackhawk. ... Zero Hour was a weekly comic event miniseries/crossover published by DC Comics in the summer of 1994. ... Guy Gardner can refer to: Guy Gardner (astronaut) Guy Gardner (comics), a fictional character This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... 2004(MMIV) is a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... If you are looking for other meanings of the term, refer to Bird of prey (disambiguation). ... Gotham City is a fictional city appearing in DC Comics, and is best known as the home of Batman. ...

Publication history

The Blackhawks debuted in Quality Comics' Military Comics #1 (August 1941), and were published in that title as well as in their own book for a long while. Military Comics was renamed "Modern Comics" and eventually cancelled with #102 (October 1950), but their self-named book (which debuted in 1944) continued to be published by Quality up until #107 in 1956. Quality itself had folded by then, but the title kept being published by DC Comics, with little or no disruption at all. It was integrated with the DC Universe and published continuously until #243 (November 1968), by which time its genre had become too anachronistic to compete with the rising superhero books. The DC Universe (DCU) is the fictional shared setting where most of the comic stories published by DC Comics take place. ... An anachronism (from Greek ana, back, and chronos, time) is an artifact that belongs to another time, a person who seems to be displaced in time (i. ... Superman (left) and Batman, two of the most recognizable and influential superheroes. ...

Time itself also played a role in the cancellation. The Blackhawks as a concept were heavily tied to World War II, and as the years passed by it became more and more difficult to suspend disbelief about their continuous adventuring up to present days. A short run from #244 to #250 was published in the 1970s, but since then nearly all Blackhawk sightings (few and far between) are of a flashback nature or feature new characters instead of the original team. A notable exception is the 1990s appearance of Chop-Chop in a few issues of DC's "Hawkworld" series, which naturally enough depict him as an aged, resourceful and respectable man, long rid of his racial stereotype trappings. Suspension of disbelief is a willingness of a reader or viewer to suspend his or her critical faculties to the extent of ignoring minor inconsistencies so as to enjoy a work of fiction. ... Hawkworld was a comic book from DC Comics that explored the origins of Hawkman and Hawkwoman. ...

Other media

  • Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom was a 1952 film serial based on the comic book, starring Kirk Alyn as Blackhawk.
  • A now hard to find Blackhawk novel was published in the early 80s, apparently due to hopes of a Blackhawk movie that never materialized.
  • "The Savage Time", the first-season finale of the Justice League animated series featured appearances by many of DC's best-known World War II-era heroes, including the Blackhawks. Blackhawk was voiced by Robert Picardo.
  • "I Am Legion", the third-season premiere of Justice League Unlimited (or the fifth-season premiere of Justice League, depending on how you look at it), featured an now-elderly Chuck, voiced by Seymour Cassel. According to Chuck, he was the only Blackhawk still living, and he was married to Marzey, as the character was in the comic books. It was not revealed how the others died. The episode focused around Lex Luthor, The Key, and Dr. Polaris raiding the decomissioned Blackhawk Island in order to steal the advanced technology the Blackhawks had acquired on various missions and stored there. During a chase through the museum on the island, a statue or mannequin of Lady Blackhawk can be seen.

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External links

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Blackhawk was the creation of Will Eisner, the prolific genius behind characters as diverse as The Spirit and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.
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