Thursday, March 5, 2009

Read: Flash Comics #10

Issue: Flash Comics #10 (Reprinted in The Golden Age Hawkman Archives v.1)
Title: "Adventures of the Spanish Blunderers" (suggested title)
Published Date: Oct 1940
Generation: Golden Age Carter
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: Carter Hall is bidding on a Spanish blunderbuss at an auction, but is outbid.  Suspicious, he tracks down the buyer, and finds a treasure map hidden inside the gun's barrell.  A little research reveals that the buyer is working for John Denver (!!!) a cowboy out of Colorado.  Hawkman heads out West, and follows the map to an old gold mine, and meets the owner, a young beauty named, appropriately, Goldie.

Denver soon arrives, and while Hawkman spies on him, he forces Goldie into the mine, intending to kill her and steal the gold.  Hawkman make his move, but ends up trapped in the mine when Denver springs a trap on him.  After some quick deductions, Hawkman escapes, captures Denver, and saves the day (and the girl).

Review:  We take a hard right turn into Western territory with this adventure.  It's a lesser story, certainly not Fox's best work.  Moldoff makes good use of the setting, and turns in another strong artisitc effort in the out-of-ordinary surroundings (similar to Flash Comics #5 and #6).  Overall though, nothing special.

Image: Flash Comics #10, 1940, Sheldon Moldoff.

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