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Golden Age, The: Hawkman - Archives, VOL 01 Hardcover – Feb 1 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204181
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa6594f0c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa617ab34) out of 5 stars MOLDOFF'S ART MAKES THIS A MUST HAVE! March 6 2006
By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hawkman is one of the more interesting heroes of the Golden Age. He's one of the earliest heroes, getting his start in the page of Flash Comics #1 in January 1940. he appeared throughout that title's 104 issue run as well as being the only hero to appear in every issue of All-Star Comics, yet he never managed to get his own title until the Silver Age. This latest Archive edition presents the original adventures of the Hawkman taken from the pages of Flash Comics #1 - 22, written by Gardner Fox with art by Dennis Neville and Sheldon Moldoff.

In the opening tale we meet Carter Hall, research scientist and collector of ancient weapons as he learns that he is the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian Prince Khufu. Using his gravity defying material called Nth metal, Hall constructs wings and a hawk's mask influenced by his Egyptian past life, and becomes the Hawkman. These early stories by Fox are heavily influenced by 20's and 30's adventure stories of Talbot Mundy and Sax Rohmer as Hawkman battles a variety of exotic Asian and Middle Eastern villains such as s sect of Arabian assassins, out to kill the world's leaders and Satana The Tiger Girl who uses her charmed Tigers to attack and kill. Add to that a variety of space giants, undersea races, evil scientists, mummies, and other threats, and it makes for an adventurous ride. One of my favorite stories is a prime example, as Hawkman battles a master hypnotist in a story called "Thought Terror"

Dennis Neville handles the art chores on the first three issues but the series really takes off when Sheldon Moldoff takes over on #4. Moldoff brought a unique, finely detailed style to his work that was uncommon back in the early 40's. Moldoff was influenced by the great Alex Raymond and his work has much of the same power and flair for action that Raymond's work did. In fact Moldoff, who does the introduction to this volume, even mentions he was basically told to make his work LESS Raymond-looking. His art makes this one of the very best of the early Golden Age titles as Moldoff was light years ahead of many of his peers of the era. Moldoff can also be credited with redefining Hawkman's look. In the early Neville issues, Hawkman's Hawk mask was actually more of a hat or headdress that exposed his entire face and made him look rather silly. Moldoff made it into the mask we know today and made much more fierce looking.

The Golden Age Hawkman archives is one of the best of the Archive editions from DC Comics as it shines the spotlight on an underrated character and the legendary creative team of Gardner Fox and Sheldon Moldoff. Unlike dealing with a lot of two-bit criminals of the day like many characters, Hawkman's stories were one's of high adventure, and reminiscent of the great pulp magazines of the day as he traveled to exotic lands and battled strange villains. My highest recommendation!

Reviewed by Tim Janson
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HASH(0xa60cd144) out of 5 stars Hawkman at his Best! March 12 2008
By The Great Oz - Published on
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The Golden Age Hawkman was an "Indiana Jones" with wings. "With weapons of the past he fights evil of the present." The stories by the legendary Gardner Fox are excellent, capturing the sense of wonder that makes the golden age what is was. Fun! Hawkman's adventures span the globe, fighting statues that come to life among ancient ruins in the jungle to taking on modern criminal masterminds. There is even an underwater adventure, depicting Hawkman wearing an oxygen helmet, wings and all! Which speaks to the wonderful artwork by Sheldon Moldoff! I own many DC Archive editions both Golden and Silver Age and I have to say that this is easily one of my favorite volumes largely due to "Shelly's" work. Somewhat unfairly compared to Alex Raymond of Flash Gordon fame, his art had a fluidity and command of the page that many modern artist would do well to study. These men could tell a story! Buy it. You'll be a fan too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa671da50) out of 5 stars I love shelly !!! June 29 2011
By sargent - Published on
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Really the first time I saw Moldoff's work in some compilation I was blown away...Like Hal Foster, Al Williamson, Gary Gianni and a few is just a pleasure to see his drawing.He has a beautiful line..just look at how he draws Hawkman's wings.
Like others are saying, I also love the stories. I love a great story but, as a painter, I just love the way he draws. Check it out.
HASH(0xa64e3fc0) out of 5 stars fantastic art and good golden age stories. Feb. 20 2015
By Michael Dobey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Hawkman was one of the better golden age characters in my opinion. He had great art from several artists. the first of which died fighting with the flying tigers over china! He was shot down. What a brave man he was indeed. The second artist is the great Sheldon moldolf. Who was really influenced by the great hal foster. Sheldon's art is just fantastic! He later would do batman and do it in a Bob Kane style. But here he just lets loose with real powerful drawings. Many of the stories are better than other golden age greats too. They are short though as this was the second lead in the great 'flash comics' that ran for many issues. In fact, I wish they had done it marvel style and just reprinted the whole flash comics series. That was truly a great title with many great heroes in it. But this is finely remastered and it looks fantastic! It's worth adding to your archives collections for the art alone. D.C. has returned to doing archives like this again too. My only complaint was that hawkman didn't fight the axis enough , in fact on the cover he would but that's about it usually.
HASH(0xa6272888) out of 5 stars Four Stars March 1 2016
By Crunch18 - Published on
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