Only The Hawk and the Dove tryout issue; feature continues in its own title. Giordano credit based on text page.
On-sale date from copyright registration.
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 recalled: "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 (September 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 extended 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.
The bottom 2/3 of the last page promotes the first issue of the ongoing series "on sale June 25th."