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Hawkman (Origin) – Comic Basics

Origin of Hawkman
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Origin of Hawkman

Real Name: Carter Hall

First Appearance: Flash Comics # 1 (January 1940)

Powers: With the power of Nth Metal, Hawkman 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, All-Star Squadron, and Secret Six.

Did You Know? Hawkman is the reincarnated Prince Khufu of Ancient Egypt.

A Little History

The origin of Hawkman is pretty straightforward. 

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

In his original origin story, Hawkman is actually Carter Hall who is actually the reincarnated version of the Egyptian Prince Khufu. Khufu’s life was cut short after he and his partner (Chay-Ara) were killed by the Egyptian Priest Hath-Set. 

Over 1,000 years later, Khufu is reincarnated as an American Archaeologist. During a dig, the archeologist, Carter Hall, inadvertently stumbled across the knife used to kill Khufu. Once he touched it, the memories of Khufu filled his mind and Hall merged with Khufu. The merger triggered Hall to realize that the scientist, Anton Hastor was the reincarnated version of his enemy Hath-Set. Even worse was that Hath-Set had taken his wife Chay-Ara (now reincarnated as Shiera Saunders), captive. Hall immediately set out to rescue his wife and defeat his foe. To do this he used the Nth Metal to craft a gravity-defying belt. He also created a set of wings and a costume. With all three, he set out to find Hard-Set. Shortly after finding him, Hawkman used his new powers and abilities and easily subdued his enemy. 

And that’s it. The origin of Hawkman.

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