One Panel #362: Shiera Becomes Hawkgirl

Starting on comics on the stands in April of 1941...
From Justice Society of America: "The Mysterious Mister X" by Sheldon Moldoff, All-Star Comics #5 (June 1941)

Well, she becomes HawkMAN to confound criminals, but that bikini top's not going to fool anyone. Shiera Sanders keeps using Carter Hall's extra wings until she formally adopts the identity of Hawkgirl. From girlfriend to superhero in her own right - and some might say more popular than the male model these days - in about a year and a half. That's not bad. And it really starts in All-Star Comics #5, a JSA story. She does get shot for her trouble, as does Dr. Fate's girlfriend Inza, while Dian Belmont, Sandman's paramour, gets kidnapped. It's open war on the girlfriends! At least Shiera got a nice gig out of it.

7 comments:

LiamKav said...

Either the artist has no idea how women get dressed, or that costume makes no sense.

Siskoid said...

Yes I quite love it for exactly that reason.

LiamKav said...

Costumes like that I always imaged were leggings (or tights) with shorts or panties worn on top, and then a pair of boots over the leggings. That image implies that it's actually the shorts that go on first and that the leg parts are actually stockings, with the boots being attached to said stockings.

It's buck wild.

Juan Bisono suero said...

Inza will bicome dr.Fate for a wile

Anonymous said...

I wonder if, by 1940s sensibilities, having Hawkgirl pull on pants would have been too racy, because it would have required her to have a semi-exposed butt. Thus what she's doing in this panel.

Siskoid said...

Juan: Yes, but it would take 50 years!

Anon: Probably, though maybe it should have been boots.

LiamKav said...

You can have her putting on the shorts without having an exposed butt. She'd already have leggings on. Besides, you could do it just as she's finishing. Hell, have her fiddle with the belt, or (as Siskoid says) boots. And if the aim was to avoid upsetting the prudes, then how was the upper thigh okay? Did Zettai Ryouiki not exist back then?

 

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