Blackhawk #30

Blackhawk #30

Issue #30*, dating back to April 1950, was one of the comics I had originally obtained from the ‘ole man’s stash. Illustrated by Reed Crandall, himself a distinguished veteran of the WWII air force, would gain fame in subsequent years as artist for EC Comics line of hit horror and science fiction titles

Upon first glance, the cover tantalizes with its subtle “missile innuendo.” Inside, the plot erects the story with the introduction of Ola Hesper, secretary to Dr. Parham. Craftily concealing her true intentions, Ola’s facade crumbles to reveal her leadership of the nefarious 3 and 30 gang, poised to pilfer military secrets. The sultry vixen Lo Chien ingeniously converts a V-2 rocket launching platform into a device for hurling meteors at unsuspecting cities. Their scheme teeters on the brink of success until the Blackhawks swoop in to thwart their plans.

At the core of the Blackhawks stands the stalwart figure of Blackhawk, also known as Bart Hawk, leading a squadron of distinguished WWII pilots including Andre, Olaf Bjornson, Hans Hendrickson, Chuck Wilson, Chop-Chop Liu Huang, and Stanislaus. Originating from the creative minds of Will Eisner, Bob Powell and Chuck Cuidera, Blackhawk made his debut in Military Comics #1 in 1941 under the Quality Comics imprint before transitioning to National Periodical Publications, later known as DC Comics.

Countess Carlova

Countess Carlova

Issue #20*, dating back to August 1948, showcases Crandall’s artistry once again. The cover evokes imagery reminiscent of Valkyrie as the alluring “Ma’mselle Fear” beckons the Blackhawks to aid her in combating an ominous threat in the nation of Frangastan.

Delving deeper into the pages reveals a bonus Blackhawk story, illustrated by the renowned Bill Ward, famed for his work on “Torchy.” Within these pages, readers are introduced to the captivating Countess Carlova, adding depth and intrigue to the narrative tapestry.

 

* Sold Copy

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