Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Before Blackhawk -- The Black Falcon!

If you're a comic fan from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s or 80s, chances are you have a soft spot in your heart for Blackhawk and his team of freedom-loving fighters, the Blackhawks. Dressed in distinctive blue SS inspired uniforms, the Hawks were one of the few action teams to last from the 40s to the 60s.

In the 40s they battled Nazis, in the early 50s commies, and in the late 50s science fiction menaces ranging from dinosaurs to (honest -- can't make this stuff up) aliens with super vacuum cleaners. In the 60s, it seems the boys' greatest foe was bad sales and they went out in a blaze of faded glory as ill conceived strangely costumed super secret agents. One of them even wore a shirt covered with ears! In the 70s and 80s attempts to revive the team were met with indifference despite great runs by Howie Chaykin and the team of Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle.

What most fans don't know is that there was a filmed analogue of Blackhawk who predated him by a solid two years: The Black Falcon, star of the serial The Flying G-Men. Enjoy our short film presentation:

If that's not enough, here's the trailer for Blackhawk's own serial from a decade later as presented by the serial-bowl.com guys:

Blackhawk is copyright DC, Flying G-Men is copyright Columbia, The Masked Mayhem and the written materials on this blog are copyright Will Meugniot 2009

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