Thursday, September 11, 2008
Read: The Brave And The Bold #35.2
Issue: The Brave And The Bold #35 (Reprinted in Showcase Presents: Hawkman v.1)
Title: "Valley Of The Vanishing Men!"
Published Date: Apr/May 1961
Generation: Silver Age Katar
Retcon Status: Changed Generation
Summary: Mavis Trent disappears in the Himalayas after a run in with a Yeti. Investigating the disappearance, Hawkman is clued in about the legend of the Yeti, which prompts an Absorbascon-flashback. It's too late, though, as Hawkgirl encounters a Yeti and also disappears. It's then that Katar is filled in by one of his feathered friends: the Yetis are aliens who crashed on the Earth thousands of years ago, and are unable to repair their ship. Anyone who sees a member of their race is teleported and put in suspended animation in order to keep themselves hidden. Taking the fight to the Yetis, Hawkman soon discovers that wood can scramble their technology; by holding onto a wooden staff, he is able to resist their teleportation power. Finding the Yeti village, Hawkman discovers the artifact which is holding Hawkgirl, Mavis, and the others captive. Freeing the prisoners, Hawkman shows the villagers how wood will protect them from the Yetis, and a peace is negotiated.
Review: Nice little Silver Age DC story. As a DC hero in the late 50s and early 60s, I think there was a contractual obligation to meet up with aliens at least 4 times a year. I did like the use of the wooden weapons to overcome the alien technology. Kubert's art is of course amazing, even in the black and white reprint.
Image: The Brave And The Bold #35, 1961, Joe Kubert.