Public Domain Super Heroes


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Real Name


First Appearance

Military Comics #1 (August, 1941)

Original Publisher

Quality Comics

Created by

Will Eisner, Bob Powell & Chuck Cuidera (as Charles Cuidera)

Golden Age History

Blackhawk was an ace pilot from Poland. After Nazis bombed the peaceful farm that his family lived on, in the opening days of World War II, killing everyone he loved, Blackhawk vowed to battle tyranny. He assembled an international team of ace fighter pilots to assist him.

Blackhawk and his men were ace pilots, flying customized fighter planes, Grumman XF5F Skyrocket. They usually carried handguns and operated off of a remote and heavily fortified island in the Atlantic Ocean. Blackhawk himself was a brilliant leader and tactician. He was also good with his fists.

In Hit Comics #26, Blackhawk was summoned by Kid Eternity from Blackhawk's own comic, Military Comics, to combat Dr. Pain who the aviator kills in battle. 

His enemies included fantastic devices such as the Iron Emperor and the War Wheel as well as modern day evil doers named after Mordred, Genghis Khan, and Blackbeard.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Military Comics #1-43
  • Modern Comics #44-102
  • Blackhawk #9-107
  • Hit Comics #26
  • Jetman #30


  • Only Blackhawk's Golden Age Appearances are public domain. Lady Blackhawk and other details of Blackhawk's life developed by DC Comics, in Blackhawk #108 and beyond, are not public domain. DC holds a trademark on the name Blackhawk.
  • By comparison, when Gaines sold his half of what makes DC, it's apparent in the copyright records that the rights to titles like Leading Comics shifted to DC and it shows up in the records when Busy Arnold gave Columbia Pictures the rights to produce a movie serial based on Blackhawk.

See Also


Read Blackhawk's Origin at Golden Reading

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