Saturday, March 26, 2016

Reading Room: SPACEHAWK "Moon Justice"

Basil Wolverton really enjoyed doing SpaceHawk...
...and even took a crack at writing a short text story starring the character, as seen in this tale from Target Comics #15 (1941)
The same issue this prose piece appeared, the SpaceHawk strip's format was changed in a direction Wolverton was not happy about; moving the hero from outer space to Earth to use his advanced technology to battle threats from thinly-disguised surrogates of the Axis powers.
(This was pre-Pearl Harbor, and we weren't at war at the time, so the stories were still set in the future!)
Once America entered the war, SpaceHawk was actually transported thru time to the "present day" (1942) to fight the real Hitler, Hirohito, Mussolini, and their minions.
So you might consider this text story to be Wolverton's last try to convince the editor to keep the strip in deep space.
It didn't work.

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