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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 138

The official podcast of THE AQUAMAN SHRINE and FIRESTORM FAN

Episode 138 - Blackhawk

With Shag still on his world tour, I welcome frequent guest Michael Bailey to talk about one of our favorite runs, BLACKHAWK by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle! Part 1 of a Hawkaaa-rific podcast crossover!

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Earth 2 Chris said...

Great show guys!

Although I can't believe that Kirk Alyn never came up, given Michael was on the show. The only live-action Blackhawk, played by the original screen Superman? C'mon!

I've always liked Blackhawk from afar, but never read too many of his solo tales. The very dark atom bomb story was reprinted in Best of DC digest #52, and I read it there. Strong stuff.

I was just too young and blind to anything but super heroes when this title was out, although I always liked Blackhawk's look. Loved it when they showed up on JL/JLU, so thanks for the stinger.

Dave Cockrum drew an awesome EArth-Two Batman/Blackhawk team-up a few years before this, so I definitely think he was a fan. Alex Toth drew that classic Batman story about the ghostly bi-plane in the 70s, so yeah, I'd bet this story was tailor-made for him. Him and Spiegle share some artistic roots, for sure.

I never liked Spiegle on super hero stuff, but I can definitely appreciate his work now. Time to comb some backissue bins!

Oh, and the War Wheel probably got a Who's Who over Domino, because it debuted during the Quality years, way back in Blackhawk #56, September 1952. Cockrum clearly based his cover on the original:


Looking forward to part two on Views!


Little Russell Burbage said...

I bought this series when it was out, but then in my various moves I'm not sure what has become of it. Maybe stuck in some boxes in Japan.

I really enjoyed this series, for many reasons, not the least of which was the international feel to it. I liked how the American was just another member, and that the lead was actually Polish! As was the #2 guy, who I think you called German? Also major mis-statement when you said Chop-Chop was Japanese. He was Chinese, fighting against the Japanese. He had a great spotlight issue near the end of the run.

I echo Chris' comments about the Batman & Blackhawks team-up in B&B. One of my all-time favorites, and one that I still have even after I got rid of most of my other B&B issues.

I think I need to re-acquire these books!

Jimmy said...

Have never read much Blackhawks, apart from the New 52 series, and their odd guest apearance in other series (Lady Blackhawk was especially prevalent in a number of series, especially Guy Gardner: Warrior and Birds of Prey) but hearing Rob and Michael talk about it makes me want to check this out. Will definitely try and get the Showcase Presents edition of the earlier stories for my collection, and hope that a TPB of the Evanier/Speagle series comes out in the near future!