Posted by: John Kane on May 9, 2013
…and it stank like it something had crawled up it and died! What? I’m on? That’s a bit ahead of schedule. Caught me on the hop a bit there, let’s see what we can do. Hold on…let me check my pockets…right! Harumph! This’ll have to do. Here goes.
Welcome, International Comrades! In this exciting post I will be treating the eyes of all to the sight of many comic covers. Yes! These coruscating covers adorned the 1982-4 run of BLACKHAWK; a run written by Mark Evanier and drawn by Dan Spiegle with back ups from a heavenly host of talents. Pleasure for all viewers ensured as I have mastered the scanner! Technology is yet servant to the flesh! Yes! So, unlike the measly Luis Dominguez scans so unworthy of your mighty gaze these scans provide plenty of artistic acreage for your eyes to graze upon! Also, get ready to meet your new favourite artist Mr. Dan Spiegle! Anyway, this…
“It (BLACKHAWK) was about achieving liberal ends by fascist means.”
Howard Victor Chaykin amusingly summing up the concept in Comic Book Artist #5 (2005)
You don’t know this (because you aren’t psychic) but even when you can’t see me I’m working. Sometimes I’m even working at the job I’m paid to do or, on rarer occasions ,working to be a decent father and partner but mostly, let’s face it, I’m working on something to do with comics for you and you only! At the minute I’m invisibly having a pop at something on BLACKHAWK. A bit like I did for John Carter, you know – how it’s changed over the decades. Anyway, I’ve got loads of stuff and it’s all a bit overwhelming but work continues a(snail’s)pace. Don’t, you know, hold your breath or anything is my advice.
So, a I’m ploughing my way through this particular run of comics; a run I was previously unfamiliar with. And what gets me right from the off is the quality of the covers so I thought I’d share ’em. Now, I don’t want to spoil anything I may later write but this series is solidly written by Mark Evanier in a slightly updated romantic adventure strip style. I like that, that’s pretty good but Dan Spiegle? Dan Spiegle is a revelation. I will come back to this run even if I don’t do the glutton’s portion of BLACKHAWK, and I will do so for Dan Spiegle. No offence to Mark Evanier whose work is sturdy and entertaining but Dan Spiegle is…well, words you know, failure of.
Basically, in case I never finish the writing part I didn’t want these covers to go to waste as some are sizzlers! and there was a gap in the content. What does nature abhor? A lack of free content! So, while you probably came for the Chaykin, Kane or Cockrum, I think you may find you stay for the Spiegle.
Anyway, some BLACKHAWK covers for your pleasure. I hope you enjoy them.
And now, our Feature Presentation:
BLACKHAWK was created by Chuck Cuidera, Bob Powell and Will Eisner.
Blimey O’Reilly! I think we can safely say those were – COMICS!!!