Fellow DC Comic Book Art Connoisseurs club members, hello again from our swanky room of comic book culture through the ages! Our subdued celebration the next three weeks is reflecting on the 80th anniversary this year of Hawkman / Hawkgirl and Sandman at DC comics and other DC-related media!!!
For the next three weeks, we’ll be enjoying, sharing and gazing upon the dynamic artwork since 1940 for both Hawkman / Hawkgirl and Sandman!
Vote here for your favorite art version of Hawkman through the decades: (the white button toggles between letting you vote and showing results)
- Hawkman 1940s Dennis Neville artist
- Hawkman 1960s Murphy Anderson artist
- Hawkman 1980s Richard Howell artist
- Hawkworld 1990s Tim Truman writer / artist
- Hawkman (2002- ) Rags Morales artist
- Hawkman (2018- ) Bryan Hitch artist
Vote here for the best Sandman rendition pen and ink:
- Sandman 1940s Bert Christman artist
- The Sandman of the 1970s Jack Kirby artist
- Wesley Dodds (1990s) Sandman Mystery Theatre: Guy Davis, artist
- Sandy Hawkins (JSA 2007) Rags Morales, artist
Which of these is YOUR favorite Hawkman / or Sandman artist? Show us why you feel that way in the discussion below please. As always, cover artists can be shared as well as great interior artwork
Also, if you know of other appearances of the these two JSA founding members in other books here on the great DCU, please share those pictorial memories as well.
Sandman: this character was at DC almost from the beginning, he really is celebrating 81 years at this point, as he first appeared in 1939 in DC’s New York World’s Fair Comics #1 and also Adventure Comics #40 pretty much at the same time.
Fun fact: New York World’s Fair Comics #1 sold very few copies because of it’s at the time outrageously expensive price tag: a quarter, 25 cents!!! (Superman was blonde in that issue too)
Issue #2, here on DC Universe Library, was sold for the far more reasonable 15 cents. What were they thinking with that #1???
Here is Sandman in New York World’s Fair Comics #2 in the library here:
Sandman appeared in both the Adventure Comics as well as All Star Comics in the early 1940s. Here’s one of my favorite panels from All Star Comics of Sandman in action:
Notice the artist signing his work in the tiny panel at the bottom…
One of comic’s greatest powerhouse artists, Jack Kirby, radically changed Sandman’s look in the 1940s, and had him dump his female companion Dian for a boy named Sandy; the other artists drawing Sandman used the same costume and concept in All Star:
Thankfully, by the time my young mind first met Sandman in a 1966 issue of Justice League (#46), it was back to the gas mask and sleep gun look, jazzed up a bit for the times of course:
By 1949, Hawkman’s look had changed too, note the yellow head covering with no wings.
Sorry there just something about this cover that just cuts to the quick, don’t you think?
The tip of the [DC Comic Book Art Connoisseurs Club]'s hat to @RufusPentecost for this stunning and fun image of both Sandman and Hawkman going for a ride!!!
Now I have got to go find other images the show both Hawkman and Sandman together, wow!!!
Oh man. Thanks for clueing me in about this thread. I’ll keep an eye out for more of those as I continue reading through All-Star Comics.
It is funny that Sandman is one of the topics here. I am getting a serious craving to revisit my old Sandman Mystery Theatre comics. Guy Davis and Matt Wagner were such a great team on that comic.
Continuing the theme of Sandman and Hawkman in the same panel through the ages, here’s one from 1972 where they pose with the Justice League, the Seven Soldiers of Victory and the JSA!
Not to confuse anyone, but I believe the Hawkman here is the Hawkman of Earth 1, not the Hawkman of Earth 2.