Blackhawk #241

Blackhawk #241, June-July 1968

Blackhawk was a shockingly bad comic at this point in time (the tail-end of the so-called “New Blackhawk era”, where the WW2 flying aces were kitted out as super-heroes), but that didn’t stop it sporting some lovely covers. DC had been playing with the logo-as-design-element notion for a couple of years, most famously with Aquaman and Batman, and they had another go here. This one is by Dick Dillin and Chuck Cuidera. The same team handle the interior art—interestingly, Cuidera had been one of the original Blackhawk artists back in the early 1940s, where he co-created the character with Will Eisner.

It was all change the following issue as DC finally saw sense and ditched the horribly misjudged super-hero angle and returned the team to their old dark blue flying garb. It was far too late, however, and cancellation swiftly came a-calling.

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