Chuck, Hendrickson, Olaf, Blackhawk, Chop-Chop, Stanislaus, and André
"Hawkaaa! We are the Blackhawks!
Hawkaaa! We're on the wing!
Over land and over sea,
We will fight to make men free
And to ev'ry nation liberty we'll bring!
Hawkaaa! Follow the Blackhawks!
Hawkaaa! Shatter your chains!
Seven fearless men are we,
Give us death or liberty,
We are the Blackhawks,
Remember our name...."
-The Song of the Blackhawks
A war/military adventure feature from Quality Comics, and later, after Quality went out of business, DC Comics
. The series first appeared in Military Comics
#1 (August, 1941), created by Will Eisner
, Chuck Cuidera, and Bob Powell. The Blackhawk Squadron was an international team made up mostly of aviators from nations occupied by the Axis in World War II
. They continued appearing in Military Comics
until issue #102 (October, 1950). They also had their own eponymous magazine, starting in 1944. Which survived Quality itself. The series was published continuously between 1941 and 1968, with revivals published in 1976-1977 and 1982-1984 (a highly-regarded run by Mark Evanier
and Dan Spiegle.)
The Blackhawk Squadron that existed between 1941 and 1983 consisted primarily of:
In a 1988 miniseries, Howard Chaykin
introduced an updated, somewhat revisionist and "reimagined," version of the team, which carried over into a subsequent ongoing series running from 1989-1990 (plus a 1992 one-shot.) While the miniseries took place during World War II
, the ongoing series took place in the early years of the Cold War
. Blackhawks from this continuity included:
- Janos "Blackhawk" Prohaska (Poland)
- Stanislaus Drozdowski (Poland)
- André Blanc-Dumont (France)
- Olaf Friedriksen (Denmark)
- Carlo "Chuck" Sirianni (Italian-American)
- Ritter Hendricksen (Netherlands)
- Weng "Chop-Chop" Chan (China)
- Natalie "the other Lady Blackhawk" Reed (USA)
- Grover Baines (USA)
- Quan Chee Keng (Malaysia)
- Paco Herrera (Mexico)
For a while, the Chaykin Blackhawks seemed to be the "official" version in DC Comics
continuity, but since the 1990s
, the continuity status has become unclear, with the 1941-1983 versions seeming to predominate, but characters and concepts from the Chaykin version also being used at various times, in various stories.
One element from the 1989-1992 series that has been used in several DC series is Blackhawk Express
(or Blackhawk, Inc.
) — a corporation handling air freight and/or mercenary activities
that was established by members of the original Blackhawk Squadron. The time-tossed
Zinda "Lady Blackhawk" Blake owns 1/8 of this corporation. Zinda (who did not appear in the "Chaykin continuity") was the only member of the team appearing regularly, and its last surviving member, in the Birds of Prey
series, until 2011.
An index of Blackhawk appearances outside the regular Blackhawk
comic book (through 2001) appears here
was a very popular series in its day, and inspired several adaptations, including a short-lived 1950 Radio Drama
, a 1952 movie serial
starring Kirk Alyn (who also, incidentally, played Superman in serials), and a 1982 prose novel
. The Blackhawks have also appeared in several episodes of the Justice League
animated series and the Justice League: The New Frontier
In 2011, DC relaunched Blackhawks
as part of the New 52
, this time featuring a modern incarnation of the group — "an elite force of military specialists equipped with the latest in cutting-edge hardware and vehicles", under United Nations authority. Headquartered out of "The Eyrie", a secluded mountaintop base, their hangar is packed with dozens of state-of-the-art aircraft for various situations. These
Blackhawks (who appear unrelated to any previous incarnation) include:
- Andrew "Blackhawk" Lincoln
- Lady Blackhawknote
- The Irishman
The 2011 series was canceled after eight issues.
For the character Lady Blackhawk, see here
Blackhawk provides examples of: