I don’t collect Mattel’s DCUC line but there have been some figures that I’ve wanted to pick up just because they’re so dang cool. Back when I saw wave 6 for the first time I grabbed the Hawkman, stared at it for a while and then reluctantly put it back in fear of the "slippery slope." Last week I was kicking myself since I now wanted the figure for a little project I’m working on. Of course, none of my local stores still had it. Then this past weekend I went away for a little motorcycle trip. On the way out I stopped at a Walmart in Globe, AZ. I was thrilled to find Hawkman.
Hawkman rode in my saddle bag the rest of the way to the bed and breakfast my buddies booked for the weekend. Although they had chosen a small cottage in the back of The Olney House we were upgraded to the main house’s "Honeymoon Suite." (No comments from the peanut gallery about 3 guys sharing the "Honeymoon Suite," thank you very much.)
I walked upstairs to the room and the first thing I noticed was this tobacco tin sitting on the night table. If you’re reading this blog chances are good I don’t have to explain this but, just in case, "Carter Hall" is the alter-ego of Hawkman. I have no idea how common Carter Hall pipe tobacco is but I got a good chuckle seeing it decorating our room. I just inquired with the company that still makes this brand where the name came from but the person I spoke with had no idea. Perhaps a mistake was made last time Khufu was reincarnated?
Our gracious hosts, Chris and Deborah Gibbs, bought the Olney House after they both retired from the Air Force. Air Force, huh? Chris was an engineer. Didn’t have the guts to ask whether he ever experimented with Nth Metal technology.
Along for the trip was my comics colorist pal Brian Miller. He recalled last coloring Hawkman for JSA #19.
And so to close, here is an image of Golden Age Hawkman, Carter Hall, . . . smoking a pipe. At least we know what tobacco he’s using.