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With A Weapon of the past, I shall battle an evil of the present

The Silver and Modern Age Rogues Gallery

Byth Rok's first appearance was in "The Brave and the Bold" number 34. A Thanagarian master thief who stole a metamorphosis pill which allowed him to change into any animal, no matter what size. The ability to do so led him to Earth, with Hawkman and Hawkgirl in pursuit. He escaped from jail with his fellow changeling cellmate Jarl in "The Brave and The Bold" number 42, was among the criminals released by Hyathis in "Showcase" number 103 and was behind the insect invasion of Midway City in "World's Finest Comics" number 266 to 273.
Matter Master
Mark Mandrill, as he was known as, made his first appearance in "The Brave and The Bold" number 35. He discovered the secret of Mentachem while attempting to find a way to turn base metals into gold. The chemical gave him control of any material in its natural state, directing the power through the Metachem Rod. After unsuccefully battling the Justice League, he returned to attempt to shrink Hawkman and Hawkgirl out of exsitence in "Hawkman" number 9, then returned in "World's Finest Comics" number 274 to plunder the Midway City museum.
Konrad Kaslak
Kalsak's first appearance was in "The Brave and The Bold" number 36. A magic expert, he attempted to use relics from the museum to gain sorcerous powers. He returned in "Detective comics" number 452 to again battle Hawkman.
Shadow Thief
"The Brave and The Bold" number 36. Carl Sands was a convicted burglar and had been fascinated with shadows in prison, and upon release experimented with a colour projector magic trick and accidentally discovered a dimension which contained the world called Xarapion. He saved the life of resident Thar Dan, who greatfully gave Sands the secret of the Dimensionmeter, a device enabling Sands to appear on Earth as a living shadow, while existing on Xarapion, and able to steal on Earth by making parts of himself substantial. The Dimensionmeter's operation had the eventual side effect of beginning a new ice-age on Earth, but Hawkman always managed to stop Sands before this could happen. After his first defeat, the Shadow Thief wished to destroy Earth to live on Xarapion, but instead was incarcerated there in "Hawkman" number 5. Following participation in the Injustice Gang's battles with the Justice League, he returned to battle Hawkman and Hawkgirl in "Showcase" number 103, "World's Finest Comics" number 270 and also in "Hawkman" (second series) numbers 1 to 3. By the time "Hawkworld" comes into play, Carl Sands is a very skilled thief and assassin, "borrowing" Thanagarian technology in the shadow suit, given to him by Byth.
The Manhawks
(including Falthis Farr) first appeared in "The Brave and The Bold" number 43. A space roving band of bird-beings, the Manhawks were responcible for the creation of Thanagar's police force, the Wingmen, and hence, their own greatest enemies, Hawkman and Hawkgirl. The thrill-robbing race came to Thanagar (which had never before had a crime problem) and drove Katar Hol into showing his people how to fight back against the humanoid masked birds. Another band of creatures arrived on Earth in "The Brave and The Bold" number 43, while the original group escaped prison and attacked Rann in "Hawkman" number 18, freed by their symbiotic enemies the Lizardkon. All known Manhawks were placed in suspended animation at that time, but they have neverthe less reappeared in "Showcase" number 103 and "World's Finest Comics" number 269.
Ira Quimby first appeared in "Mystery in Space" number 87. A gang leader, Quimby was strictly small-time until he was accidentally exposed to a rock fragment brought back from Rann by Adam Strange. It contained radiation that affected his brain, thus making him a genius who created such devices as lift-rays and flying shoes. A revival of his powers allowed him to escape to battle Hawkman and Hawkgirl again in number 7, and he has subsequently fought Superman, the Metal Men and the Batman. (Something I'll have coming soon will be the full Wizard feature scanned in sighting I.Q. as the November 1998 issue Mort of the Month.)
First appeared in "Hawkman" number 1. A Mayan chieftan who gained immortality and fantastic weapons from an alien who crash-landed in the jungle centuries ago. After his initial defeat, he returned to battle Hawkman in the Justice League of America.
The Wingors
These first appeared in "Hawkman" number 6. The winged humanoid race of planet Illoral in another dimension was affected by the Dwyanna Ral-created Mutagens machine, which promised to make the natural process of mutation return, but instead made intelligent races devolve, while beast became humanoid. These winged gorillas invaded Earth in "Hawkman" numbers 6 and 16.
The Criminal Alliance of the World first appeared in "Hawkman" number 7. A worldwide crime organization, C.A.W. debuted in issued number 7, their leaders shown in number 10 and more operatives appeared in number 14.
Fal Tal
The Kalvans appeared first in "Hawkman" number 8. Two Kalvar spaceships collided over Earth in ancient times carrying the race of beings that became known as the Harpies in Greek mythology. The ship that landed in the sea surfaced again in the twentieth century, and the Harpies attempted to steal Hawkman's ship in number 8. Incarcerated on Thanagar, they were released by Hyathis to return in "World's Finest Comics" number 256.
The Raven
Joey Makk first appeared in "Hawkman" number 17. The Earth-1 counterpart of an Earth-2 character, Joey Makk was a criminal who trained birds to steal and spy for him, leading a gang as the costumed Raven in number 17.
First appearance in "Hawkman" number 20. Midway City museum archaeologist Ed Dawson touched an alien meteor-missle-being that was worshipped as a god in Iran, and the Mithra stone turned him into what Hawkman surmised was the image of the missle's senders, a savage lion-man. Dawson became Lion-mane in issues 20 and 21, and resumed his villianous identity in 5 and 6 of the second series.
Gentleman Ghost
First appearance in "The Atom and Hawkman" number 43. A 19th century highwayman in England, Jim Craddock was hanged and vowed to return, doing so in "The Atom and Hawkman" numbers 43 and 44, and robbing at will. Though his men were caught, he escaped with the loot, and was never captured. Although Hawkgirl was always open-minded about it, Hawkman until recently, refused to believe Craddock was a ghost. Hawkman encountered the Ghost again in an untold story (shown in passing in "Justice League of America" number 128), after which the Ghost battled Batman several times. In "Hawkman Special" number 1, he saved Katar's life, not wishing earth to fall into the hands of the Thanagarians, and in the process revealed that he was the same Ghost who fought the Earth-2 Hawkman in "Flash Comics." Gentleman Ghost did receive a final ending when he was transfered into DC Comics Vertigo line of comics, and was finally written into the "Books of Magic." However, in "Hawkman" number 21 of the third series, we see a new gentleman ghost. And he isn't an apparition at all. His name is Jim Craddock and he is very much alive. No more is seen of him after that.
Kanjar Ro
First appearance in "Justice League of America" number 3. An alien dictator from the planet Dhor who fought the Justice League and Adam Strange, Kanjar Ro invaded Thanagar after taking over the armies of Rann in "Showcase" numbers 101 to 103 in a match with his old enemy Hyathis. Hawkman prevented him from assassinating her.
Her first appearance was in "Justice League of America" number 3. The tyrant ruler of Alstair, Hyathis was a rival of Kanjar Ro, and figured in his battles with the Justice League and Adam Strange. In "Showcase" number 103 it was revealed that she had cured most of the planet Thanagar of the equalizing plague, and had been named queen. Hawkman II, with the aid of Superman and Batman, was responsible for overthrowing her in "World's Finest Comics" number 278. She has since returned to Hawkman II, in the second series.
The Fadeaway Man
The first appearance was in "Detective Comics" number 479, with the origin of the Fadeaway Man in "The Brave and The Bold" number 186. Anton Lamont first appeared as Carter Hall's replacement as currator of the Midway City Museum in "Detective Comics" number 479, exhibiting a cloak which could teleport people or objects, including himself, when they were covered by it. He reappeared in "The Brave and The Bold" number 186, where it was revealed that the art historian had discovered the Conjure Cloak of the eighteenth-century mystic, Caliostro.
Side Notes....
It is interesting to note, when publication of Timothy Truman's "As Above, So Below" three issue Hawkworld series came out, things changed a bit. The Manhawks, Lizardkons, the Wingors and the Kalvars were no longer enemies of Hawkman III, but defeated peoples of other worlds conquored by Thanagar, brought to the planet and kept downside to be used in the work force. Byth Rok was not a thief, but a commandor of a group of Wingmen. He eventually did become a traitor against Thanagar and did go to Earth, with the ability to shape-shift at will with the help of a very addictive narcotic. Hyathis turned out to be Shayera Thal's grandmother. The Shadow Thief did not change in much history, the Gentleman Ghost became more of an ally than an enemy and the Matter Master, I.Q., Chac, C.A.W. and the Fadeaway Man were never heard of again. Kanjar Ro was the minister in charge of alien affairs on Thanagar. Lionmane has come back in a couple of incarnations of Hawkman III, and the Raven actually became a part of Thanagarian religion. Konrad Kaslak returned in the pages of "Hawkworld," and retains much of the original.

The Golden Age Rogues Gallery

Anton Hastor-Hath Set
First appearance in "Flash Comics" number 1. Hath Set was Prince Khufu's mortal enemy in the previous incarnation of Carter Hall. Centuries later Anton Hastor, a German scientist following through on plans from the Nazis, confronted Carter in the guise of Hawkman. This confrontation became true after Prince Khufu predicted it as Hath Set killed him. In the second confrontation Carter accidentally killed Hastor. However, the prediction, or prophecy, was made yet again. The full story behind Anton Hastor came out again with the Silver Scarab in the Infinity Inc. series.
Gentleman Ghost
See above notes on Gentleman Ghost in the Silver Age.
The Monacle
First appearance "Flash Comics" number 84. In 1945 Johnathon Cheval ran an optical shop in New York City that had previously belonged to his father and grandfather. Secretly, Cheval had learned to create unusual lenses that could focus and project various kinds of radiation. The six members of the board of directors of the bank that held the mortgage on Cheval's store realized they would go to prison unless they recouped money that they had lost speculating. The store was situated on land that was quite valuable. One director held receipts proving that Cheval had paid off most of the mortgage money that the directors had stolen, and told the others what he had done. Claiming that Cheval had failed to make his payments, the directors foreclosed on the mortgage, intending to sell Cheval's land at a high profit. When Cheval learned that his receipts had been stolen, he decided to use his discoveries in optics to get his revenge. In the guise of the Monacle, Cheval normally a law-abidding citizen, murdered five of the six bank directors. However, Hawkman and Hawkgirl tried to stop the Monacle, and Hawkman finally prevented him from killing the sixth bank director, Donnelly. Both Cheval and Donnelly went to prison for their crimes. Later, Cheval made himself a fortune through creative refinements of laser technology. He was living in the south of France when he joined Ultra-Humanite's Secret Society of Super Villians. With the Society, Cheval battled against the Justice League, the Justice Society and Infinity Inc.
Vandal Savage
First appearance in "Green Lanter" (first series) #10. Vandal Savage has been more of a Justice Society of America villian. Savage claimed to be over a million years old, although his arch enemy Immortal Man places him at 50,000 years old, when Savage was the chieftan of a tribe of Cro-Magnons. When leading a hunting party, Vandar Adg met a man who was his mortal enemy and a fight seemed imminent, but at that moment a mysterious fireball hurtled down from the sky and burst into fiery gas over the chief's head. Vandar Adg collapsed, and lay in a deep sleep, seemingly neither dead nor alive. at last he recovered, but sometime later he realized how he had changed - while others grew old, he did not. Since that time he has lived out many lives, in England, the U.S and several other countries at times ripe for conquest and sole ruler. Many times he came in contact with the Justice Society of America and battled them. Hawkman came in a final confrontation with Savage during Zero Hour, just before he was forced into the culmination of the Hawk Avatar with Katar Hol and Hawkgirl, his wife.
Side Notes....
Let it be known these two entries were the only real Hawk villians I could find. Gentleman Ghost, we do know, went on to battle the Silver Age Hawkman and the modern age version as well, but as a living breathing human being. What became of the Monacle is unknown. If you know of any other villians which could go into a Golden Age Hawkman Rogues gallery, e-mail me.

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