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Spacehawk
Spacehawk masked
Spacehawk wearing his helmet.

Real Name

Spacehawk

First Appearance

Target Comics Vol. 1 #5 (1940)

Original Publisher

Novelty Press

Created by

Basil Wolverton

Golden Age Origin

Spacehawk had but one mission in life — to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System and give out the occasional gruesome fate to vanquished evildoers such as aliens and space pirates like his childhood friend Galar. He lived in an unspecified future where space travel was commonplace. He was sometimes assisted in his war against evil
Spacehawk2

Spacehawk without his helmet.

by Captain Dakk, a police officer and friend of Spacehawk.

Like Blue Bolt and Green Sorceress, Spacehawk had a bit of romantic tension with the beautiful but evil Queen Haba of Neptune who had been convinced by Captain of the Guard Smebar to try to invade and conquer her peaceful neighbors, which was a commentary on currents events of the time when Germany had just invaded the Soviet Union.

In Target Comics Vol. 2 #1, Queen Haba and Spacehawk were reunited when the malevolent Neptunian scientist Droon used the queen's feeling to manipulate her. Droon promises that he could get Spacehawk to confess his feelings for Queen Haba in exchange for the valley of Ojah. Droon attempts to hypnotize Spacehawk, but the hero merely plays along to learn Droon's plans. Spacehawk and Droon fight but Droon's assistant Jod ends up sending the villain plummeting off a cliff. Spacehawk tells Haba that he received orders from Uncle Sam to protect the Earth from alien invasions. But the comic adventurer reassured the queen that he would return to see her soon.

The next issue, Spacehawk arrived on Earth in the 1940s, centuries before his time. He also fought a few Hitler proxies until the United States entered World War II and he took on Hitler himself.

Powers and Abilities

Spacehawk was skilled pilot, surgeon, master of disguise and scientist. Spacehawk was also immune to mind control or hypnosis. He possessed a futuristic rocket capable of deep space travel, a heat ray gun, an anti-gravity belt allowing him flight and also robotic duplicates of himself that could be sent as substitutes on missions.

Golden Age Appearances

  • Target Comics v1 #5-12, v2 #1-12, v3 #1-10
  • Blue Bolt Comics (1940) #v1#3
  • Blue Bolt Comics (1949 series) #106-110(re-print)
  • Blue Bolt Weird Tales of Terror #113
  • Eerie Tales #15

Notes

  • According to the letter pages, the time period change was done to make Spacehawk more relevant and less "fantastic." But ultimately, that didn't stop Novelty Press from canceling his feature. As the editor explained in the letter pages, Spacehawk was still too fantastic for the readers' tastes.

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