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Ancient Egyptian Hawkman

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  When Hawkman debuted in the pages of Flash Comics in 1939 we were introduced to Carter Hall, a man who was the reincarnation of the ancient Egyptian prince, Khufu. There have been countless additions to his story over the 79 years of his existence in comics, cartoons and live action television, but the idea that he was once a member of the ancient Egyptian royal elite has been kept relatively intact for much of his life on the page. But was any of this origin in any way drawn from real life? Is there any fact in the fiction? Like Carter Hall I'm a self-studied "armchair Egyptologist" so when it came to writing about Hawkman for Hawkman Day on November 10th, using ancient Egypt as my topic was a no-brainer. For anyone not familiar the origin begins with Carter Hall receiving a strange gift that sets him on his...
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Nate Silver
A point to clarify: the 19th Dynasty is part of the New Kingdom and the text confusingly suggested Rameses II was king during the ... Read More
Saturday, 10 November 2018 21:47
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Hawkman: Still Flying After Seventy-Eight Years


Revelation often comes with a thunderclap, and forces one to take notice. Sometimes it comes quietly, during a quiet afternoon, with a casual view out the window, a small bird, and a tiny twig. Whether it starts with a loud shout or a quiet flutter, a revelation can become something that grabs hold and never lets go. Starting with Gardner Fox’s inspiration in the late 1930s, a character quietly came into existence and even after seventy-eight years, with the amazing creativity and talents of many writers and artists, it still thrives to this day. Gardner Fox has told the story of how he was sitting in his workplace and looking out the window when he noticed a small bird fly by, pick up a twig and fly off. This was the inspiration for the hero we know as Hawkman. When Hawkman was created, there’s no telling how Gardner Fox expected...
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