Sunday, 16 April 2017

Hawk, Son Of Tomahawk



And then what happened is Tomahawk aged about 30 years, seemingly between issues, and found himself with an Indian wife, Moon Fawn, and two sons, Young Eagle, and Shaggy lookalike Hawk who, without so much as a by your leave, stole the old western ranger's book right out from under him. Kids eh?
Probably an attempt to juice up a failing title by introducing a 'Now' teenager as it's star, ( and to be any more 'Now' than Hawk, you'd have to be The Super Sons ) this title hadn't really changed in essence, and Son Of Tomahawk was still a great book, with Bob Kanigher & Frank Thorne still on top form.
Tomahawk himself had moved from rugged adventurer to grizzled retiree, though he could still open up a can a' whup ass on anyone who sassed him and his multi-cultural family. Plus how often do you get to see a comic strip hero grow old anyway?
Unfortunately, the idea didn't sell, and Hawk never really had a chance to show what he could do before the book was cancelled. A shame, as a generational adventure strip is a pretty good idea.
Here's the kid's debut.















3 comments:

  1. What great visual storytelling by Frank Thorne. I'm going to have the find the Aussie version in black and white though the coloring on this tale is also incredible.

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  2. Agree with Neil on the visual storytelling and, without wanting to take anything away from Frank Thorne, Joe Kubert should maybe get a bit of a shout for that too.
    DC were good at books like this in the 70s and its surely connected somehow to having so many artists working as editors.
    Its an obvious move what with comics being primarily a visual form, but it seems unusual in practice; off hand, I can't think of any at Marvel (unless you count Kirby).

    On the subject of strong visuals, didn't they reprint old stuff by people like John Severin and Frank Frazetta as back ups in Tomahawk?

    -sean

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  3. As some point, it was revealed that Tomahawk's actual name was Thomas Hawk. Which presumably means that his son's name was Hawk Hawk.

    This reminds me of the movie in which Bob Hope plays a character named Larry L. Lawrence. "My parents had no imagination."

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