Graphic Novel - 2012
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"The Complete Spacehawk features every story from Spacehawk's intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final, Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942. Spacehawk is the closest thing to a colorfully-costumed, conventional action hero [Basil] Wolverton ever created, yet the strip is infused with Wolverton's quintessential weirdness: controlled, organic artwork of strangely repulsive aliens and monsters and bizarre planets, and stories of gruesome retribution that bring to mind Wolverton's peer, Fletcher Hanks. Spacehawk had no secret identity, no fixed base of operations beyond his spaceship, and no sidekicks or love interests. He had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. He was a dark--yet much more visually playful--counterpart to Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. The Complete Spacehawk also includes the character's final and rarely-seen Earthbound adventures. As the U.S. became involved in World War II, Spacehawk returned to 20th Century America to join the United States' efforts in defeating fascism, which he does by patrolling the Earth's stratosphere, looking for wrongdoing."
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Fantagraphics Books ed
ISBN: 9781606995501
Characteristics: 263 p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 34 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

People who read early 1940's comic books for the first time are often shocked by the books' primitive and raw qualities. People who savor the Golden Age of comics often love this quality. It seems like pure, unfettered imagination let loose. Basil Wolverton later worked for Mad and has a distinctive quality to all his art. No one matches his strangeness in his unearthly early material. Amazing here as you read the complete run onfthe character, as comics moved to war propaganda, his aircraft battles are done very well. Spacehawk himself is a unique spaceman hero. He is, as described, the "Lone Wolf of the Void." He seems to have no attachments and only one friend, an occasional alien sidekick named Dork. For collectors and fans of Wolverton, this package is like a miracle. Even the Digital Comic Museum (a truly fantastic site) has not to date put together a complete run of the Target Comics in which these appeared. The reproduction is some of the best and most accurate of rare 40's material, larger than the original comics, in a handsome volume up to Fantagraphic's usual high quality.


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