Showcase #75
(June 1968)

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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
Monthly with the exception of Jan., Apr., July and Oct.
On-sale date
1968-04-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
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
glossy cover; newsprint interior
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
was ongoing series

Issue Notes

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.


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

Genre
superhero; teen
Characters
The Hawk [Hank Hall]; The Dove [Don Hall]
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Coming Your Way -- A New DC Brand (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Prologue: (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script
Steve Ditko (plot, see notes); Steve Skeates (plot and script, see notes)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

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 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.

Chapter 1: "In the Beginning..." (Table of Contents: 3)

The Hawk and the Dove / comic story / 4.67 pages (report information)

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Steve Skeates (plot and script)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Genre
superhero; teen
Characters
Hank Hall; Don Hall; Judge Hall; Mrs. Hall; Dargo (mobster); "Boss" (mobster lieutenant)
Synopsis
In a small college town in Elmond County... In court, Judge Hall sentences 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: 4) (Expand) /

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

Chapter II: A Voice... A Voice... (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Steve Skeates (plot and script)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hawk [Hank Hall]; The Dove [Don Hall]; "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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From Us -- To You, Only the Best! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

Will Our New Western Hero... Save the West? Or Ruin It? (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

Direct Currents / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Chapter III: The Birds Fly! (Table of Contents: 9)

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

Script
Steve Ditko (plot); Steve Skeates (plot and script)
Pencils
Steve Ditko
Inks
Steve Ditko
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Holloway ?

Genre
superhero
Characters
The Hawk [Hank Hall]; The Dove [Don Hall]; Judge Hall; "Boss"; mobsters
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 bottom 2/3 of the last page promotes the first issue of the ongoing series "on sale June 25th."

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Court Is in Session! / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Dick Giordano
Pencils
?
Inks
?
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Billy / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

Job Number
6606
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's the caboose car, Billy...
Genre
humor
Characters
Cap; Billy
Synopsis
Cap sells Billy a Postage Stamp Train from Aurora models for a kid's birthday present.
Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
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. [no title indexed]
    Direct Currents
  10. 9. Chapter III: The Birds Fly!
    The Hawk and the Dove
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Court Is in Session!
  12. 11. ["Here's the caboose car, Billy..."]
    Billy
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