(June 1968)

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Price:
0.12 USD
Pages:
36
Indicia frequency:
Monthly with the exception of Jan., Mar., Apr., July and Oct.
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Carmine Infantino; Dick Giordano (uncredited)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard Silver Age US; then standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
newsprint
Binding:
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

Only tryout issue; continues in their own title.

Dick Giordano introduces himself as Editor on the Editorial page.


The Hawk and the Dove! (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and the Dove / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino ?
Editing:
Dick Giordano

Genre:
superhero; teen
Characters:
The Hawk [Hank Hall]; The Dove [Don Hall]
Reprints:

Coming Your Way -- A New DC Brand (Table of Contents)

Secret Six; The Brave and the Bold / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jack Sparling; Bob Brown
Inks:
Jack Sparling; Murphey Anderson
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino

Characters:
Secret Six; Batman; Wonder Woman; Batgirl; Copperhead
Synopsis:
Ad for Secret Six #2, "Plunder the Pentagon!" and Brave & Bold 78, "In the Coils of the Copperhead!"

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover, black and white

Prologue: (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and The Dove / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates; Steve Ditko (see notes)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; teen
Characters:
The Hawk [Hank Hall] (intro, origin); The Dove [Don Hall] (intro, origin); students
Synopsis:
At Elmond University, in a small college town, pro-war and peace demonstrators face off. Caught squarely in the middle are Don and Hank Hall, brothers, a "dove" and a "hawk". They argue about compromise, force, and rights as a riot breaks out and police rush in. Meanwhile, across town at the courthouse...
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Indexer Notes

There are conflicting reports on the genesis of Hawk and Dove. Carmine Infantino said he came up with the initial idea and gave it to Ditko. Dick Giordano recalled: "I came in as editor right in the middle of The Hawk and the Dove story in Showcase. Steve Ditko already had the rough plot worked out. Steve Skeates worked from that plot and came up with a script." Both men were interviewed in Comic Book Artist # 1, 2000.

In Comic Book Artist # 5 Steve Skeates recaled: "It was developed by committee. There was Dick [Giordano], Carmine [Infantino], [Steve] Ditko and me." He elaborated further in Robin Snyder's The Comics #9, Sept 1997: "Carmine came up with the title. Outside of that I can't remember who created what...I wrote a plot which Dick approved. Then I wrote a full script, which was given to Steve. In pencilling it up Steve took out scenes he didn't like and extened scenes he did like. Then, I added dialog and captions to these new extensions..."

Dick Giordano's Editorial page "Court is in Session!" states, "This magazine... represents the end result of the combined efforts of... Steve Ditko... who handled the art chores and made some very valuable suggestions to Steve Skeates, impressive newcomer to the D.C. writers ranks..."

In "There's No Cases Like Showcases" by Jack C. Harris (Amazing World of DC Comics 10, Jan 1976) the author states: "'Like lightning,' the ads claimed, 'Steve Ditko strikes again!' This time Steve pulled his inspiration from headline jargon of the times and came up with The Hawk and The Dove for Showcase #75..." with no mention of other contributors, although Skeates is credited in the very issue.

"Hawks" and "Doves" were terms for politicians who supported or opposed the Vietnam War, but the labels weren't usually applied to everyday citizens.

Origin. Series continues with The Hawk and the Dove #1.

Chapter 1, "In the Beginning..." (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and the Dove / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates (script); Steve Ditko (plot suggestions)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero; teen
Characters:
Judge Hall; Mrs. Hall; Dargo (mobster); "Boss" (mobster lieutenant)
Synopsis:
In a small college town in Elmond County... In court, Judge Hall senteces Mr. Dargo, a racketeer, to jail. He vows "my boys" will get revenge. In chambers, Don and Hank argue about compromise vs. violence, but Judge Hall states they're both wrong (to be single-minded). A bomb bounces in and they dive. Judge Hall is hurt and hospitalized. The boys head back to school, but Hank sees, "That man..."
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The Angel and the Ape. Who Are They? What Are They? (Table of Contents)

Angel and the Ape / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Angel [Angel O'Day]; Ape [Sam Simeon]
Synopsis:
Teaser ad with Angel and the Ape in silhouette

Chapter II, A Voice...a Voice... (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and the Dove / comic story / 8.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Ditko (plot); Steve Skeates (script)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
"Boss"; mobsters
Synopsis:
Hank spots "The man who threw the bomb!" The boys follow into an abandoned building, but are trapped. Mobsters plan to assassinate Judge Hall. Don wishes for super-strength, or power... A "strange, disembodied" voice offers the bickering boys power. Hank gets an angry red-white hawk costume. Don gets a baby-blue dove outfit, and doesn't want it! "Whenever injustice strikes" they need only call the names "Hawk" and "Dove", but the powers will fade when not needed. Smashing free, they run, swim, and climb the hospital walls to save their dad.
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Indexer Notes

1) The chapter titles are mixed Arabic and Roman, Chapter 1, then Chapters II and III.

From Us -- To You, Only the Best! (Table of Contents)

Superman / promo (ad from the publisher) / pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Curt Swan
Inks:
Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
Gaspar Saladino ?

Characters:
Superman; Lex Luthor; Lois Lane; other Superman Family members
Synopsis:
House ad for 80-Page Giant Superman #207, 30th Anniversary Issue, "Classic Tales featuring Superman's Friends and Foes!"

Will Our New Western Hero... Save the West? Or Ruin It? (Table of Contents)

Bat Lash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Nick Cardy ?
Inks:
Nick Cardy ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure; western-frontier
Characters:
Bat Lash
Synopsis:
Teaser ad for Bat Lash "Coming Soon", though he looks scruffy in silhouette, not well-dressed as Bat Lash would be.

Direct Currents (Table of Contents)

DC Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Kubert; Neal Adams
Inks:
Joe Kubert; Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Blurbs for Tomahawk #117, Our Army at War #195, Wonder Woman #177, Aquaman #40.

Chapter III, "The Birds Fly!" (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and the Dove / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Skeates (script); Steve Ditko (plot suggestions)
Pencils:
Steve Ditko
Inks:
Steve Ditko
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
Costumed, Hawk and Dove burst in on mobsters come to kill Judge Hall in the hospital. Hawk breaks heads, kicks, and tosses felons. Dove tries lectures and reason - and ducking - and pitches out a window to snag a flagpole. Dove returns just in time to deflect "Boss's" gun from killing Judge Hall. Judge Hall is grateful, but wants their names. "Just Call us The Hawk and the Dove!" Their costumes melt away. The judge tells reporters he cannot condone the heroes' actions, and they should turn themselves in! The boys exit, bickering.
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Indexer Notes

The last page asks, "The End? Not on your life! H&D "appear in their own magazine on sale June 25th!"

Court is in Session! (Table of Contents)

The Hawk and The Dove / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
?
Letters:
Typeset

Synopsis:
Dick Giordano introduces himself, and The Hawk and the Dove, and the political terms, citing Viet Nam. He urges you "scribble a little something" to the publisher.

Billy (Table of Contents)

Cap's Hobby Hints / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Synopsis:
Cap sells Billy a Postage Stamp Train from Aurora models for a kid's birthday present.
Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Hawk and the Dove!
    The Hawk and the Dove
  2. 1. Coming Your Way -- A New DC Brand
    Secret Six; The Brave and the Bold
  3. 2. Prologue:
    The Hawk and The Dove
  4. 3. Chapter 1, "In the Beginning..."
    The Hawk and the Dove
  5. 4. The Angel and the Ape. Who Are They? What Are They?
    Angel and the Ape
  6. 5. Chapter II, A Voice...a Voice...
    The Hawk and the Dove
  7. 6. From Us -- To You, Only the Best!
    Superman
  8. 7. Will Our New Western Hero... Save the West? Or Ruin It?
    Bat Lash
  9. 8. Direct Currents
    DC Comics
  10. 9. Chapter III, "The Birds Fly!"
    The Hawk and the Dove
  11. 10. Court is in Session!
    The Hawk and The Dove
  12. 11. Billy
    Cap's Hobby Hints
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Clayton Emery
  • Nick Caputo
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Gene Reed
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Clayton Emery
  • Mike Nielsen
  • Ed Boner