Thursday, January 04, 2007

Hawkman's Costume

Arguably, my least favorite DC silver-age superhero, HAWKMAN is one that I'm just now getting around to reading in order. I've long since come to a great appreciation for the early Joe Kubert stories with the artist's rapidly maturing style a joy to behold to my aging eyes. At the time, though, I preferred Murphy Anderson's slicker art style. Did you ever wonder, though, where Hawkman and Hawkgirl kept their costumes (Thanagarian police uniforms)? Well, according to this Anderson panel from the first appearance in MYSTERY IN SPACE they took a note from the Flash who kept his wadded up in a tiny ring. In their case, you see, the whole suit--big, bulky helmets and all (not to mention the freakin' wings!!) was squeezed into their li'l hawk medallions. Uh....huh! See for yourself!


  1. Anonymous9:24 AM

    Amazing. I had not seen this before and you answered a question that a friend of mine asked over 20 years ago.
    We were discussing comic book characters in general and Lee asked, "How does Hawkman change from Carter to Hawkman? Where does he hide the wings and mask?"
    We had no clue. I knew that we often would see them change at the musuem after hearing a police bulletin.

    Alan Bryan

  2. Anonymous5:58 PM

    They must have consulted with Barry Allen and Barry gave them his secret, perhaps?