Thursday, July 21, 2016
Dave Cockrum clearly loved the classic Blackhawks, as this cover demonstrates. The doughty heroes rush at the reader with vigor and violence, all dressed in immaculate black leather save for Chop-Chop who alas is only slightly removed from his vintage stereotype.
Cockrum was clearly inspired by this Quality comics cover by Reed Crandall for the debut issue of Military Comics which saw the very first Blackhawk stories.
This issue echoes that debut but also sadly makes even more of the nasty Chop-Chop caricature which plagued these early stories. They are regrettable signs of the time for sure.
The attack mode those is duplicated in this offbeat Blackhawk era which attempted to make the Blackhawks all different from one another and more purely superheroes which the time seemed unable to get enough of. But as it turned out, there was a saturation point and the Blackhawks found it. I like this era, but many others do not. At least Chop-Chop looks much improved.
And finally we have this Joe Kubert classic for the mid-70's revival of the series. The updated uniforms are pretty neat, though the cut-to-the-navel look is pure Bronze Age. Love the energy on this cover.