Friday, August 8, 2008

Blackhawk #243

Blackhawk #243 (On Sale: August 8, 1968) is the end of a long run that began with Blackhawk #9 in 1944 at Quality Comics. This final issue has an odd cover by Pat Boyette. Of course Blackhawk would return in 1976 for a seven-issue run and 1982 for a 23-issue run, bringing the final numbering up to 273.

This swansong is "Mission Incredible" by Bob Haney and Pat Boyette. As the Blackhawks attempt to rebuild Blackhawk Island after the attack by the Black Mask, they receive a mission to rescue Anya, the daughter of Professor Keroff from the clutches of an assassin, Strogoff. The assassin has killed Keroff and wants Anya because she possesses knowledge of the professor research and formulas. The Blackhawks break her out of Strogoff's facility in Asia, then make their way back to friendly territory, doing battle with Strogoff's men along the way. They eventually convince the assassin that Anya has perished in an explosion, so he calls off the pursuit.

When Anya is safe, she mistrusts Blackhawk because he made her throw away her beloved doll, to convince Strogoff that the girl was dead. Olaf is able to charm the girl and get her to pass along Keroff's research by inviting her to the circus.

Edited by Dick Giordano.

4 comments:

Steve Pick said...

As I'm one of the few willing to admit he loved the Junk Heap Heroes, I have a surprising fondness for these final two issues of Blackhawk. Maybe I was growing up, looking for more sophisticated fare. Maybe it was just the completely unusual Pat Boyette artwork (like nothing at either DC or Marvel in 1968). Heck, I think this cover is one of the strongest of the period, too. I was very, very disappointed there were no follow-up issues at the time.

rob! said...

i've never seen this cover--wow, what a masterpiece. brilliant.

B Allen Krauz said...

I love these last few "BLACKHAWK" issues, edited by GIORDANO, & illustrated by PAT BOYETTE, an under-rated artist...They were trying to bring the title back to it's roots after the embarrassing "Super-powered/Costumed" idea failed...
Because WILL EISNER created the characters, BOYETTE created a tribute to EISNER, with this last cover...

-Keller said...

Wow, how could I have missed the Spirt tribute on this one? Makes me appricate it more. Thanks.