Thursday, April 19, 2018

Steven Spielberg Wants to Adapt BLACKHAWK...Again!

In 1982, fresh off the success of...
 ...Steven Spielberg announced he wanted to adapt DC's Blackhawk...into a feature film!
Problem was that DC wasn't currently publishing a Blackhawk comic!
In fact, the series had been cancelled (for the second time) in 1977!
DC not only revived the series in 1982...
...re-setting it back in the 1940s, but they also commissioned a prose novel based on the comic!
Bookstore managers didn't put the novel with other comics adaptations!
(Both DC and Marvel were doing prose series in the late 1970s-early 1980s)
Instead, the book was racked with the military/war fiction titles, where it sat...and sat...and sat...making it a pricy HTF collectible today!
The comic, despite not being promoted by DC, actually sold well enough to stave off cancellation until 273 in 1984, by which time, Spielberg was already working on other projects!
It was the last time the original group appeared intact in comics.
Since Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1984, there have been various revamps and reboots of the Blackhawk concept, none of which would, I think, appeal to Spielberg.
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