S.T.R.I.P.E. Week is nearing its conclusion with my review of the last regular figure in the JSA themed wave, the Golden Age version of Hawkman. We’ve been waiting a long time for this particular figure, and he actually turned out pretty well for what’s mostly redeco.
Carter Hall was an American archeologist in the 1940’s. After touching a dagger made of the otherworldly Nth metal, a flood of images poured into his mind revealing that he was the latest incarnation of the ancient Egyptian Prince Khufu. Using his newly found knowledge, Carter fashioned a gravity defying belt out of the powerful Nth metal and took to the skies as the winged hero Hawkman. Later he would join forces with other Mystery Men and Super Heroes of the time to become a founding member of the world first super group, the Justice Society of America.
You may not know it, but this Golden Age Hawkman has actually been in the planning stages for a long time. First mentioned in December of 2008, this Hawkman was originally slated to come in a two-pack with a Golden Age Hawkgirl figure. But the set was eventually canceled due to a lack of retailer interest. Hawkman was finally able to find his way back into the line as a simple redeco in this perfectly themed JSA wave.
This new Hawkman figure is almost the exact same figure as the original 2008 release. The only differences in sculpt are the two new heads that the Golden Age version comes with. His first hawk-shaped helmet is probably one of the more odd masks that Hawkman has worn over the years. It’s got the familiar wing-like ears and hawk shape, but instead of showing his mouth he covered it with a small beak. This mask has always looked odd to me. The beak is just so small, and his chin sticking out underneath makes it look like an ill fitting children’s costume.
Hawkman’s second head is a cowl that he wore near the end of the JSA’s tenure, making it an easy way to distinguish him from his Silver Age counterpart. I always liked this cowled look. I think it fits better with the Mystery Man look, even if it is many years too late. The 4H did a great job of sculpting the face on this head also. He’s got this disgusted steely-eyed gaze like he’s about to tell off HUAC. Also, it was nice to see that hawk symbol on his forehead was sculpted and not just painted on. Continue to page 2…