Classic Comic Cover Corner – Hawkman #16

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Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling pop culture commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!

Hawkman #16 – November, 1966

Cover art by Murphy Anderson

Hawkman #16 - November, 1966
Hawkman #16 – November, 1966

The first good image of Hawkman and Hawkgirl from the CW’s upcoming television series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, was released last week, and the winged couple is looking pretty darn good (albeit without wings.) But what I desperately want to know is will this new series have the comics’ infamous flying gorillas? Please have flying gorillas! Please have flying gorillas! Please have flying gorillas!

The CW did such a good job bringing Gorilla Grodd to life last year on The Flash, so, undoubtedly, simian sympathizers like myself are praying that they bring that same monkey magic to the new Hawkman and Hawkgirl show.

Hawkman #6 - March, 1965
Hawkman #6 – March, 1965

The flying gorilla Wingors first appeared in Hawkman #6, back in 1965; then they showed up again in Hawkman #16 (1966). Both covers are awesomely illustrated by Murphy Anderson and they are a couple of my favorite comic book covers ever.

Although I like the art on issue #6 quite a bit better than the latter issue, #16 gets the lead due to the crazy tagline coined in the parlance of its time, “A go-go gorilla with a big beat takes on Hawkman and his swinging mace!” If that doesn’t put a smile on your face then I don’t know what will.

The CW’s Hawkman and Hawkgirl
The CW’s Hawkman and Hawkgirl

Apparently the Hawk-heroes are going to appear on both the Arrow and The Flash television series before they make it into their own show, so there’s plenty of time to get those letters to the CW go-go going, demanding that the Wingors from Illoral be featured in an upcoming episode. There’s no limit to the number of letters you can write!

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Bob Leeper is the co-owner and manager of "Arizona’s Pop Culture and Alternative Art Network," Evermore Nevermore. He is the co-creator of the pop culture events Steampunk Street and ENCREDICON, and is a member of the Phoenix Film Critics Society. He also curates the Facebook fan site The Arizona Cave – AZ Fans of Edgar Rice Burroughs, and is one of the few brave and bold fans of Jar Jar Binks.