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Hawkgirl Origin
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Origin of Hawkgirl

Real Name: Shiera Sanders Hall

First Appearance: Flash Comics # 1 (January 1940)

Powers: With the power of Nth Metal, Hawkgirl is able to fly, has enhanced strength and sight, is able to regulate his own temperature, is immortal through reincarnation, and heals quicker than most. 

Affiliation: Justice League of America, Justice Society of America, Black Lantern Corps, and All-Star Squadron.

Did You Know? Like Hawkman, Hawkgirl is also from another time period. She is the reincarnated Princess Chay-Ara of Ancient Egypt.

A Little History

The origin of Hawkgirl is pretty straightforward. 

Hawkgirl first appeared inside the pages of Flash Comics #1 back in January of 1940. She was created by the now iconic duo of Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville. 

In her original origin story, Hawkgirl is actually Shiera Sanders Hall who is actually the reincarnated version of the Egyptian Princess Chay-Ara. Chay-Ara and her husband, Khufu, were given powers after stumbling upon a crashed ship. The powers, however, came at a cost. In addition to the powers, their sworn enemy, Hath-Set cursed them. His curse made it so that they would die and be reborn over and over again at the peak of their love for one another. 

A couple centuries later, Chay-Ara was reborn as Shiera Sanders. Because the two (Chay-Ara and Khufu (Hawkman)) still shared a bond, they quickly found one another and resumed their relationship. During this time, Shiera was kidnapped by Dr. Anton Haster (the reincarnated form of Hath-Set). Khufu, now Carter Hall, set out to and successfully rescued his love. Now together again, Shiera was given a costume, a belt made from the gravity-defying Nth Metal, took the name Hawkgirl, and began fighting crime with and without her lover. 

And that’s it. The origin of Hawkgirl.

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