Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hawkman-Sheldon Moldoff-1942

Here we see the Winged Wonders, Hawkman and Hawkgirl, in all their Alex Raymond swipe file glory as drawn by Sheldon Moldoff in FLASH COMICS. This was actually some of the best Golden Age art of its day but the wings always looked more like smoke to me than feathers. Moldoff would also play a seminal role in launching the horror trend in comics and, aping an entirely different artist, would become the longtime "ghost" for BATMAN's Bob Kane.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To me, the wings always looked like rugs.

The wings will always be Hawkman's big problem. Those don't-try-it-at-home-kids nightmares are anchored to the center of his back by a harness that, by rights, should carve him into quarters in the first hard crosswind. And they must be great fun in any narrow space.

Bruce Timm was very wise to make Hawkgirl's wings a physical part of her. It still doesn't make sense--tacking wings onto a form that clearly isn't evolved for flight--but at least I wasn't saying, "Controlled by the belt buckle? Seriously?"