Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Air Fighters: Johnny Cloud - All-American Men of War #82 (Dec. 1960)

This time out, I'll be taking a flight back to the dawn of the Silver Age, and having a look at the debut of one DC's longest running war heroes, Johnny Cloud, the Navajo Ace!

Lt. John Cloud battles Nazi fighters and prejudice from his comrades in this treasure from All-American Men of War #82

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Theme created using a sample of 'Shotgun' by Duran Duran

The nickname 'Chief' follows Johnny around, as does his spirit brother, his namesake Flying Cloud

Johnny Cloud coming up against a wall of enemy fighters

Lessons are learned - or are they?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Air Fighters: Lady Blackhawk - Blackhawk #133 (Feb. 1959)

In this episode, I'll be taking a look at the inauspicious debut of Birds of Prey's Lady Blackhawk !

Not yet the kickass bombshell ace she'd one day be as written by Gail Simone, in her 1st appearance in Blackhawk #133 from Feb. 1959, the fledgling fighter takes a chance & reaches out to join the Black Knights - and gets shot down in this little (& silly) slice of early Silver Age DC fab!

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Theme created using a sample of 'Shotgun' by Duran Duran.

The 'local mayor' describes the antics of the man in purple, The Scavenger!

It's a regular Jungle Book, as every beast imaginable stampedes toward the Blackhawks

Zinda introduces herself

Not Zinda's finest moment, but I would absolutely freak out in this situation
Zinda ends up saving the day, but still doesn't get to join the team

One of Zinda's few 80's appearances - from Who's Who Update '87