ACW #602 – Blackhawk

Action Comics Weekly #602 – Blackhawk
“Another Fine War, Part 2”
Writer – Mike Grell
Pencils – Rick Burchett
Inks – Pablo Marcos
Letters – Steve Haynie
Colors – Tom Ziuko
Editor – Mike Gold

It’s time for our Action Comics Weekly “Anchor”… Blackhawk!

Last week I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this feature.  I didn’t necessarily think I’d hate it or anything, I just assumed that I’d find it boring.

Well, we’re only two weeks in… so, it’s probably too soon to throw any babies in the air.  So far, so good!

Now, let’s see if we can get a positive ID on our mystery blonde!

Picking up where we left off… we’re still in Singapore, it’s still 1947… and besides his holster and hat, Janos Prohaska is still completely nekkid.  Ya see, he shot that one fella, Zalecki last issue.  We see here that he only shot to disarm him.  The mystery blonde from the lobby is drawn upstairs by the sound of the gunfire… and before we (or she) knows it, she’s thrown right into Blackhawk’s soapy supple self.

A fight rages over the next several pages, with our mystery blonde getting involved as well.  She actually winds up saving Jan’s life when she clubs a would-be shooter over the head with a stool.

Janos pays the… ladies who were, uh… servicing him, and leaves with the blonde.  He tells her all about Zalecki… turns out he owes the man money for a lost hand of cards.  Jan ain’t about to pay up though, as he’s convinced the other guy cheated.  Ya see, he knows this because Jan himself was cheating… and Zal still managed to win!

Together, they head to the Singapore Sling bar where our blonde finally introduces herself.  She is Cynthia Hastings, and she has sought out Blackhawk to fly a mission for her.  He hems and haws, unsure that he’ll be able to even get off the ground at this point… what with fuel prices being what they are.  She assures him she’ll be able to come up with the scratch… and promises the trip will be very much worth his while.

Believing Cynthia to either be wealthy… or in cahoots with Claire Chenault’s Air America (I’m not sure who or what that is just yet), Jan… er, checks Cynthia for… dog tags.  Real smooth there, pal.

This gets him socked out of his seat… it’s all good though, as from this angle he has a pretty good view up her dress.  This dude just won’t quit!

We wrap up with Cynthia revealing the stakes of the mission… several million dollars in gold, and it’s “finders keepers” so they’d best get moving just as quick as they can!

Another enjoyable chapter of Blackhawk!

It’s funny, looking at this now… I’m not sure ol’ Janos could be depicted the same way if this story came out today.  I mean, dude’s kind of a lech.  Ya know, I don’t think I’ve ever typed that word before… and it sure looks strange.

If you’ve read this blog more than a couple of times, you’ll know that I very seldom see movies… but, to me, this story feels like what a high-octane action movie might be.  I could be completely off my nut, but this just oozes testosterone… you can smell Old Spice and burnt motor oil.

I’m digging the partnership between Cynthia and Janos.  I like that in his attempts to objectify her, he gets knocked on his butt.  I’m looking forward to more of the two of them as they seek out some “finders keepers” riches.

Tomorrow: The big wrap-up post for #602, along with another attempt at a poll!

0 thoughts on “ACW #602 – Blackhawk

  • Charlton Hero

    Well..Blackhawk feels like a character lost in time. The art and style of this particular arc is very Dick Tracy inspired. I have read a bit of Blackhawk in the 80s and this seems radically different. Hmmm..hope it finds its legs this ones off the rails and purely skippable to me at this point.

    • Chris

      Blackhawk might actually be my "dark horse" feature for this early part of the run. I'm not sure if it's simply the novelty of a story like this, or if there's something about it that "speaks" to me. Either way, I'm having a good time with it


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