Showing posts with label hawk and dove. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hawk and dove. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Making a Splash: The Hawk and The Dove

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Way back in April 1968, DC allowed Steve Skeates, Steve Ditko, and Dick Giordano to spring one of the most way-out features ever upon fans of their Showcase mag. Inspired by the heated controversy (to put it mildly) caused by the Vietnam War and the increasing gulf of the Generation Gap, Steve, Steve, and Dick combined their awesome talents to give us The Hawk and The Dove. Hank Hall ,The Hawk, was, not surprisingly, a pro-war, might-makes-right scrapper. His brother, Don Hall, The Dove, was his opposite number; a strong-willed pacifist. Their father was a judge, whose job, thematically, is to try to teach the boys to balance their ideas--or at least to be tolerant of those with different moral and/or political leanings. What we got in Showcase #75 (and The Hawk and The Dove issues 1 [June 1968]-6 [April 1969]), besides two of the coolest costumes ever, was a controversial, original, and extremely cool pair of super-heroes. Skeates stayed on as writer through issue #4, while Ditko left the series with issue #2. The loss of Ditko's sublime pencils should have sounded the death-knell for H&D's mag, but DC hired Gil Kane to provide the art for our battling siblings--and Ol' Groove has gotta tell ya--Mr. Kane was especially right-on during this period! He took over scripting with issue five, then, another all-Gil issue, the series ended with ish six. Here are the splashes from those seven superb  issues...prepare to have your mind-blown, baby!














Monday, April 28, 2014

(P)Raising Kane: "Judgment in a Small, Dark Place!" by Gil Kane

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna glom onto the final ish of the first Hawk and The Dove series from Groovy Age DC! When Hawk and The Dove #6 rolled around in April 1969, Gil Kane had taken over the writing as well as the penciling chores (with inks provided by John Celardo). Our battling brothers definitely went out in style, didn't they?
























Friday, September 20, 2013

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Steve Ditko's Super-Heroes

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! From the beginning to the end of the Groovy Age, Sturdy Steve Ditko laid some far-out covers on comicdom (Wow, was that putting things mildly!). Plant your peepers on just a select few of his best super-hero covers...






The Plastic Man half of this cover is penciled by Dave Cockrum, baby!

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