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We salute the 60th anniversaries of Flash and Hawkman in ALTER EGO #4! Behind a cataclysmic JOE KUBERT cover, editor ROY THOMAS presents an all-new, 100-page issue featuring interviews with Flash co-creator HARRY LAMPERT and Hawkman artists JOE KUBERT and SHELLY MOLDOFF! You’ll also find rare Golden and Silver Age artwork by KUBERT, MOLDOFF, LAMPERT, CARMINE INFANTINO, LEE ELIAS, and others! Plus: never-seen Silver Surfer artwork by MOEBIUS! MICHAEL T. GILBERT on the Golden Age goodies in MR. MONSTER’S COMIC VAULT! Another great FCA (FAWCETT COLLECTORS OF AMERICA) session with MARC SWAYZE and C.C. BECK! BILL SCHELLY on the 1960s “Save Hawkman” campaign, and more! The legend is back; don’t miss ALTER EGO #4!

Text of Alter Ego #4

  • Roy Thomas Legendary Comics Fanzine

    No.4SPRING2000

    Roy Thomas Legendary Comics Fanzine

    Featuring Rare Art & ARTIFACTS BY:

    Joe Kubert

    Shelly Moldoff

    Harry Lampert

    Gardner F. Fox

    Robert Kanigher

    Carmine Infantino

    Michael T. Gilbert

    Lee Elias

    E.E. Hibbard

    Moebius

    Featuring Rare Art & ARTIFACTS BY:

    Joe Kubert

    Shelly Moldoff

    Harry Lampert

    Gardner F. Fox

    Robert Kanigher

    Carmine Infantino

    Michael T. Gilbert

    Lee Elias

    E.E. Hibbard

    Moebius

    Sixty Years

    Have Gone By In

    A FLASH--and HAWKMANsBeen There

    All Along!

    SPECIAL SALUTE TO

    THE SIXTIETH

    ANNIVERSARY OF

    FLASHCOMICS

    REMEMBERING

    THE LATE GREAT

    GIL KANE

    Sixty Years

    Have Gone By In

    A FLASH--and HAWKMANsBeen There

    All Along!

    SPECIAL SALUTE TO

    THE SIXTIETH

    ANNIVERSARY OF

    FLASHCOMICS

    REMEMBERING

    THE LATE GREAT

    GIL KANE

    Hawkman, Flash & Shadow Thief TM & DC COMICS

    $5.95In the USA

    THE FLASHby Harry Lampert

  • C o n t e n t sWinged Lightning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Writer/Editorial celebrating 60 years of Flash(es) and Hawkmen. What hath Superman and Flash Gordon wrought?

    re:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3Only space for a few corrections, due to our last-minute Gil Kane tribute.

    A Moon a Bat a Hawk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4A candid interview with Golden Age artist Sheldon Moldoff about Hawkman, Batman, Moon Girl and EC.

    Two Short Conversations with Joe Kubert . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15Al Dellinges and Roy Thomas talk with the only man to draw the Winged Wonder in both the Golden and Silver Ages.

    Joe Kubert and Me . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20Al Dellinges writes about his half-century-old obsession with the art of one of comics most honored illustrators.

    The Life and Good Times of Gardner F. Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22Letters and records from the late co-creator of The Flash and Hawkman.

    The Save Hawkman Campaign . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26What? No regular title for Hawkman? Bill Schelly tells how comics fandom reacted to that fact in the 1960s.

    Remembering Gil Kane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32A very personal reminiscence of the late great comic book creator by his friend and collaborator Roy Thomas.

    Special Flash Section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Flip Us!About our cover: Kuberts dynamic Hawkman graced the cover of Alter Ego, Vol. 2, #1, and nowJoes generously allowed us to printfor the first time ever in colorhis Hawkman vs. ShadowThief drawing done for the 1977 Bay Con (San Francisco). Whenever the Feathered Fury starred ona Flash Comics cover in the 1940s, it sported a cameo image of the Fastest Man Aliveand viceversahence Harry Lamperts Flash here. [Hawkman and Flash 2000 DC Comics Inc.]

    HAWKMAN Section

    Background image: A detail of the Winged Wondersfrom Joe Kuberts cover of the Fox/Kubert

    trade paperback collection from 1989.[2000 DC Comics, Inc.]

    Volume 3, No. 4Spring 2000

    Editor Roy Thomas

    Associate EditorBill Schelly

    Design & LayoutJon B. Cooke/GREAT SWAMP GRAPHICSJanet Sanderson

    Consulting EditorsJohn MorrowJon B. Cooke

    FCA EditorP.C. Hamerlinck

    Contributing EditorMichael T. Gilbert

    Editors EmeritusJerry G. BailsRonn Foss, Biljo WhiteMike Friedrich

    Special Kubert ConsultantAl Dellinges

    Cover(s) ArtistJoe Kubert

    Cover ColorTom Ziuko

    Mailing CrewRuss Garwood, D. Hambone, Glen Musial, Ed Stelli, Pat Varker

    And Special Thanks to:

    Mike W. BarrLamar BlaylockJerry K. BoydLynda Fox CohenRay A. CuthbertChris FossJeff GelbDavid HamiltonMark HanerfeldRoger HillTom HorvitzCarmine

    InfantinoRobert KanigherJoe & Muriel

    KubertHarry & Adele

    LampertRandy & Jean-

    Marc Lofficier

    Dave ManakScott McAdamEugene L. MeyerMoebiusSheldon & Shirley

    MoldoffRich MorrisseyAlbert MoyJerry OrdwayEthan RobertsKurt & Dorothy

    SchaffenbergerRobin SnyderTom StewartMarc SwayzeDann ThomasJoel ThingvallMike VosburgJerry WeistMarv Wolfman

    Alter EgoTM is published quarterly by TwoMorrows, 1812 Park Drive, Raleigh, NC 27605, USA. Phone: (919) 833-8092. RoyThomas, Editor. John Morrow, Publisher. Alter Ego Editorial Offices: Rt. 3, Box 468, St. Matthews, SC 29135, USA. Fax: (803)826-6501; e-mail: roydann@oburg.net. Send subscription funds to TwoMorrows, NOT to the editorial offices. Single issues:$5.95 ($7.00 Canada, $9.00 elsewhere). Four-issue subscriptions: $20 US, $27 Canada, $37 elsewhere. All characters are theirrespective companies. All material their creators unless otherwise noted. All editorial matter Roy Thomas. Alter Ego is aTM of Roy & Dann Thomas. FCA is a TM of P.C. Hamerlinck. Alter and Captain Ego 2000 Roy Thomas & Bill Schelly. The

    Atom, Batman, Batwoman, The Black Pirate, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Don Caballero, The Flash, Ghost Patrol, Green Lantern,Hawkman, Hawkwoman, Hawkgirl, Hourman, Ibis, Johnny Quick, Johnny Thunder, Kid Eternity, The King, Marvel Family, Mary Marvel,The Ray, Red, White & Blue, The Ring, Rose & The Thorn, Sargon, Sgt. Rock, Steve Malone, Superman, Viking Prince, The Whip, Wildcat2000 DC Comics Inc.; Moon Girl 2000 William M. Gaines, Agent, Inc. The Golem 2000 Protestant Digest. Tor 2000 Joe Kubert. LoriLovecraft 2000 Mike Vosburg. All-Winners Squad, Angel, Blazing Skull, Bucky, Captain America, Captain Marvel, The Fin, Hulk, HumanTorch, Iron Fist, Morbius, Patriot, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Sub-Mariner, Super Rabbit, Terry Vance, Thing, Toro, Vagabond, Venus, Vision,Warlock, Whizzer 2000 Marvel Characters, Inc.; Conan 2000 Conan Properties, Inc.; Flash Gordon 2000 KFS. Mr. Monster 2000Michael T. Gilbert. Droopy 2000 Harry Lampert. Pogo 2000 Walt Kelly Estate. The Flame, Samson, U.S. Jones 2000 Fox Publications.Magno & Davey, Raven, Unknown Soldier 2000 Ace Magazines, Inc. The Wizard 2000 Archie Comics Group. Flyin Jenny 2000 BellSyndicate. Printed in Canada.

    FIRST PRINTING

  • For me, one of the greatest things about bringing back Alter Egoafter three decades has been re-establishing contacts, even friend-ships that had lain dormant for years or simply to give me an excuse toget in touch with old friends, or (hopefully) to make new ones.

    That renewed contact, of course, is a double-edged sword, as detailed below but first:

    In 1939the year Flash Comics #1,whose heroes Flash and Hawkman thisissue of A/E celebrates, made its debutevents must have been seen as moving very fast indeed.

    Adolf Hitler, six years into his proclaimed Thousand Year Reich, had established Nazi Germany as a powerto be respected, or at least feared, by oldfoes France and England. In September,only weeks after abruptly signing a peacetreaty with the hated Joe Stalin and theU.S.S.R., Der Fhrer sent troops storminginto neighboring Poland, overwhelming itswiftly in what became known asBlitzkrieg.

    Lightning War.

    By late 1939 things were movingquickly in the lesser world of comic books,too.

    Only a year-and-a-half after he hadflung his first flivver on the cover of Action#1, Supermans attributes had already beencloned by a whole passel of imitators: FirstWonder Man, then Captain Marvel andMaster Man, matched the Man of Tomorrowpower for power; Batman borrowed the costume and secret identity; Human Torch andSub-Mariner mutated his ability to survive fire andthe briny deep into specialties of their own.

    And over at All-American Comics, a new companyallied with Supermans publisher, National/DC, two moreof his attributesspeed and flightwould be spun off into separatecharacters by writer Gardner F. Fox,editor Shelly Mayer, publisher M.C.Gaines, and a few talented artists.

    Mentioning my esteemed correspondent Gardner Fox brings meback to the first two paragraphs above. Perhaps I simply had to wait untilI had grown old enough myself (I turned 59 last November, incredible asthat seems to me) to be able to fully appreciate the notion of time in itsflight.

    Since the early-98 revival of Alter Ego, its been a real pleasureifoccasionally a bittersweet oneto again have an excuse to question bothmy contemporaries and my elders. After all, they, and only they, cantruly document a world that is now, every bit as much as Margaret

    Mitchells antebellum South, gone with the wind.

    It all makes me wish Id brought A/E back years ago or that I hadmore time.

    But dont we all?

    For, the flight of time is, indeed, swiftHawkman and TheFlash, put together.Winged lightning,indeed.

    As I readied thisissue, time caught up with

    two friends of mineone theconsummate comics

    professional, the other a long-time fan just as devoted to comicsin his own way.

    From 1959-60 forward, Gil Kane became one of the artistickingpins of the Silver Age, aftertwo decades of laboring in theshadow of other artists. AfterGreen Lantern, then The Atom,and later a significant body ofexcellent work for Marvel, DC,and other companies (includingpublishing on his own, morethan once), he never againstood in any artists shadow.

    Gil, whom I was privileged to call friend for justover thirty years, passed awayon January 31, 2000, after thereturn of the lymphoma he hadstaved off more than a decadeearlier.

    Though news of hispassing came as this issuewas in the final stages of

    production, Ive written a memoir of ourfriendship and collaborations whichappears in the issue.