Monday, December 28, 2009

Read: Flash Comics #16

Issue: Flash Comics #16 (reprinted in The Golden Age Hawkman Archives v.1)
Title: "The Graydon Expedition" (suggested title)
Published Date: Apr 1941
Generation: Golden Age Carter
Retcon Status: In Continuity

Summary: While Shiera is on an archeological expedition in Mongolia, Carter Hall just happens to hear on the radio that they have gone missing.  So, Hawkman wings off to Asia Minor to track them down, wielding the ancient Sword of Keft.  The expedition had been attacked by raiders, and all but Shiera were slain; the girl was instead taken captive and held hostage in Dravidia.  When Hawkman arrives brandishing the sword, the Dravidians believe him to be Icaro, their winged god, taken form on Earth.  Hawkman is welcomed by King Targo, and Shiera is set free.

One of the Dravidians who raided the expedition, Daki, issues a challenge to Hawkman, but he is easily bested.  Hawkman spares his life.  Daki claims humility, but secretly plots a rebellion to overthrow Targo.  His plans are dashed by Hawkman, who finally does him in, leaving Targo to rule his people in peace.

Review: Definitely a lesser story, but with some novel elements.  The use of the ancient sword to make the locals think that Hawkman was their god is one of these nice touches, which makes this more than just the typical "Hawkman in an exotic locale" story.  What is odd though is that no mention is made of the fact that, even though the Dravidians welcome Hawkman and set Shiera free, they still killed the rest of the party!  Oh well!

Image: Flash Comics #16, 1941, Harold Wilson Sharp.

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