Villains

This is a list of short profilings of the adversaries of the hawks.

Hath-Set

First appearance: Flash Comics #1 Vol 1, January 1940

No list of villains here would be complete without the inclusion of the cruel Egyptian priest Hath-Set, who murdered prince Khufu and princess Chay-Ara with a cursed dagger forged from Ninth Metal, and resulted in a cycle of reincarnations for all three of them together. Over the centuries, he has been responsible for their murder in many different incarnations, and during the WW2 era, he was reincarnated as the evil doctor Anton Hastor. Luckily, Hawkman and Hawkgirl managed to foil any attempt he was making when they faced off then, and the two were reunited, though of course, Hath-Set would try again over the years since they first appeared in the Golden Age.

During the 1980's, when Infinity Inc. took place, Hath-Set used the curse he'd put upon the Hawks to take control of their son Hector Hall, then the Silver Scarab, and with him attacked the team. Luckily, they managed to defeat him, but at the cost of Hector's life. (Though of course, Hector has since been most fortunate to get a new lease on his life as the new Dr. Fate.)

Today, Hath-Set exists in a spiritual form, and has been able to take over the bodies/minds of his many descendants, most recently being a woman (it's no joke) by the name of Helene Astar (who originally appeared earlier in Infinity Inc), while Hawkman and Hawkgirl were travelling to the Himalayas to search for Speed Saunders, Kendra's grandfather. It was thought that he'd been reincarnated as Astar who died when attempting to kill the Hawks herself, but what really happened was that Hath-Set possessed her, and by letting her die, he succeeded in misleading them. He is currently plotting with the crooked businessman Kristopher Roderic to defeat his archnemeses.

Alexander the Great

First appearance: Flash Comics #2, February 1940

This was the second most notable adversary that the Winged Warriors had to deal with after Hath-Set in his modern-day incarnation as Anton Hastor. He later turned up again in All-Star Squadron Annual #3, 1984, in a special flashback story dealing with a plot hatched by the evil scientist Ian Karkull (who in turn later turned up again in JSA #9 in 2000), a notable adversary of Dr. Fate and the Justice Society who'd been turned into a shadow-like being by Fate, to wreck havoc on the US using several notable supervillains to carry out his evil deeds.


Gentleman Ghost

Real name: Jim Craddock
First appearance: Flash Comics #86 Vol 1, October 1947

The Gentleman Ghost was originally thought to be the soul of an English highwayman who swore vengeance at the time of his hanging. However, this was not entirely true. While Jim Craddock did come from England, he'd moved America, where he continued his career as a bandit and a con-artist, and was hung by gunfighter Hannibal "Nighthawk" Hawkes, who thought he was trying to make a move on his partner Cinnamon. This wasn't true (and, as Craddock made clear to Hawkman in the fourth volume, "A gentleman never oversteps his boundaries with the fairer sex."), but it was only after Craddock has been hung that Nighthawk learned the truth from Cinnamon about what happened: that he hadn't tried to rape her, and was only guilty of trying to steal her most valuble posession, that being her sherrif father's golden badge, and when she discovered him, that they'd simply ended up having a scuffle. Nighthawk was never prosecuted for the act,
and while he regretted what he'd done, he realized that he could never make amends for his error, and would have to live with it the rest of his life. The only significant memory of the tragedy for a long time was that the hotel where this had all taken place was renamed the "Craddock House", after the criminal he'd slain.

Craddock now lives on in spirit form, having become part of the cycle in which Hawkman and Hawkgirl have become part of, unable to find true rest in the afterlife until Hawkman's own spirit moves on, which is unlikely to happen in the long haul, since the Winged Warrior own soul is trapped in an endless cycle of reincarnations.

As the Gentleman Ghost, Craddock's lived a varied afterlife, having also been an adversary of Batman's, and as an agent of various underworld outfits. And he was also the one who told the corrupt police chief Nedal of St. Roch the location of Hawkgirl's parents when they were in the area looking for him, which enabled Nedal to hire an assassin named Warwhip to kill them off, though the Ghost then did Nedal in himself after encouraging him to target the friends of the Hawks over at the Stonechat Museum. And having admitted this to Hawkgirl, it can pretty much be said that he's now as much her archenemy as he is Hawkman's.

Monacle

Real name: Jonathan Cheval
First appearance: Flash Comics #64, April-May 1945

An initially law-abiding citizen who ran an optical shop once belonging to his father and grandfather, Cheval had secretly built a pair of lenses that could project all manner of radiation. But when his landowner's receipts were stolen by six directors of a NYC bank that maintained his mortgage, in order to pay off debts they'd run into in order to prevent themselves from going to prison, he turned to crime, using his inventions to exact revenge on the six bank directors in the guise of the Monacle. He murdered five of the bankers, but Hawkman and Hawkgirl succeeded in stopping him from murdering the sixth. Both he and the sixth banker, Donnelly, went to prison for the crimes they'd both committed in their own way.

Years later, Cheval got out of prison and moved to southern France, where he made a fortune in laser technology refinement, and turned to crime again, this time joining the Ultra-Humanite's Injustice Society, doing battle with the Justice League, Justice Society, and Infinity Inc.

Byth Rok

First appearance: The Brave and the Bold #34, February/March, 1961 (original), Hawkworld prestige miniseries, 1989 (modern)

A criminal from Thangar who'd been a weapons and narcotics smuggler, who targeted Hawkman and Hawkwoman of that location, and who supplied the Shadow Thief with Thanagarian shadow technology. He ran some criminal operations on earth in Chicago, Illinois, and was later captured and returned to Thanagar.

Tigress 3

Real name: Artemis Crock
First appearance: Infinity Inc #34, January 1987

The daughter of the original Tigress/Huntress, Paula Brooks, and the first Sportsmaster, Crusher Crock, Artemis is a full-fledged super-villianess who uses weapons and skills similar to both her parents. She's worked as a member of Injustice Unlimited, Johnny Sorrow's Injustice Society, and even the Olympic Team of the criminal state of Zandia, which served as the headquarters of the Church of Brother Blood for many years. She was in India seeking the same jewel that the Hawks, Danny Evans and Jayita Sahir were searching for, but was thwarted in her attempts by Hawkgirl, whom Artemis seems to have quite a hatred for, ever since Kendra beat her when the Injustice gang tried to break into the JSA's headquarters in New York City.


Hawkman 3

Real name: Fel Andar
First appearance: Action Comics #600, May 1988

The most short-lived member of the Hawkworld, Fel Andar was sent to earth to gather information regarding the aliens who were planning the attack that took place in the Invasion crossover of early 1989 that was written by Keith Giffen. He pretended to be Carter Hall Jr, the son of the first Hawkman, and as per his assignment, he met with and ended up marrying an earthwoman, Sharon Hall, who would later join him as another Hawkwoman. While he acted as if he didn't really care much for the idea of joining the Justice League, it suited his mission in that he could get the chance to gather information on the superhero community, so he and Sharon joined.

Towards the end of the battle in Invasion, he'd stayed in character, and also helped Animal Man to defuse a bomb that could've destroyed the west coast. However, Sharon overheard him talking with Thanagarian spies, and realizing this, he decided to kill her to keep his secret. She managed to escape from him and warn the Martian Manhunter in her dying breath. With his cover blown, Andar decided to retreat to Thanagar with the rest of their own forces. Only a few members of the JLI actually learned about Andar's background, but decided to keep quiet about it for fear of hurting Carter Hall's reputation.

Andar returned to earth a few years afterwards, with Shayera Thal in tow, this time posing as Katar Hol, the second Hawkman, who was trapped on Thanagar at the time, to retrieve an Aonian Voyager Hol himself had fought earlier. Andar's uncle had told him to kill Thal as she had threatened to reveal that she was really Pul's own daughter, since this could cost him his high-ranking position on Thanagar. Luckily, the plan backfired, and Andar was brought down by Hol, who'd managed to escape from Thanagar, and was eventually sent home again to rot in prison.

Simple Simon

First appearance: Flash Comics #53, May 1944

This crook, whom Hawkman and Hawkgirl fought at least twice, used common objects as his weapons and tools in his crimes.

Ricochet

First appearance: Hawkman Annual #2, 1991

An acrobatic criminal who can bounce around all over the place, genetically 'created' for the Sunderland Corporation by Dr. Moon. Ricochet fought and was defeated by the Thanagarian Hawkman, Katar Hol, in Chicago.

Kristopher Roderic

First appearance: Hawkman #1 vol 4, May 2002

A crooked landowner in Louisiana and collector of art and antiquities who, as was revealed, is a descendant of Hath-Set's. He'll go to any lengths to aquire what properties he wants, and covets ownership of the Stonechat Museum as well. He even tried to hire Shadow Thief and Tigress to get ahold of a valuble ruby called the Third Eye of Shiva in India's jungles that Danny Evans, son of Stonechat's curator, Oliver, travelled to India to find, since it could help to save the museum financially, and luckily, with Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Jayita Sahir's help, succeeded in bringing back the Shiva gem home.

Roderic may have been defeated then, but most likely won't give up so easily, certainly not after the Hawks came to confront him one evening after getting back with the gem. As of now, he's plotting with the spirit of Hath-Set to bring about their deaths.

Chief Nedal

First appearance: Hawkman #4 vol 4, August 2002
Death: Hawkman #14 vol 4, June 2003

The police chief of St. Roch, Nedal had once been an officer in Austin, Texas (and had a different name at the time), where he and his partner, Darryl Jenkins, had attempted to rape a mother and her daughter, that being Trina and Kendra Saunders, the latter who is now the current Hawkgirl. Kendra fought back against Nedal, and in the ensuing struggle, Jenkins was killed by Nedal's gun (and Nedal may have been grazed by his own weapon). Fearing that he'd get busted for his crime, Nedal fled and took up a new name and life over in Louisiana, and eventually hired a thug named Warwhip to get rid of the woman and her husband, who'd been looking for him. Kendra survived, and later took to investigating their deaths along with Hawkman. To prevent Warwhip from talking, if he did, Nedal shot him dead, and after being exposed for his crimes, he was killed by the Gentleman Ghost, who'd tipped off the chief to the Saunders' whereabouts in St. Roch a few years before.

Shadow Thief

Real name: Carl Sands
First appearance: The Brave and the Bold #36, June/July 1961

An American born criminal raised in Japan, Sands made a name for himself as the notorious industrial ninja spy/assassin Shadow Thief. When he was hired by the Thanagarian criminal Byth to steal the spacecraft of Hawkman and Hawkwoman, Byth provided him with a Thanagarian device that could turn him into an intangible, two dimensional wraith. Even beforehand, there is much that implies that he employed a similar device when battling with the original Hawkman and Hawkgirl, a "Dimensionmeter Belt", built by a Xarapion scientist named Thar Dan, which he used in battle both on his own and with the Injustice Gang when battling the original Hawkman and the JLA.

Since getting the even more advanced technology from Byth, he's used it during encounters with Captain Marvel, Black Canary, Flash, the new Batgirl, and even the current Hawkman and Hawkgirl,
and even had it upgraded by Neron at one point.

Spider 2

Real name: Thomas Lucas Ludlow
First appearance: Starman #47 vol 2, October 1998, off-panel, Starman #65 vol 2, May 2000, on-panel

This mercenary/assassin is a descendant of the cruel Ludlow family from London, England, that pursued the Shade since the early 19th century for killing its family members in self-defense, and is also a descendant of another criminal who bore the name Spider (and who appeared in Crack Comics #1 in 1940), who, like him, was a master archer. He's got very few considerations other than the preservation of his own life, and the chance to take that of the Shade. He went on an assignment to murder at least five businessmen in the St. Roch area, and tried to frame Green Arrow for the crimes, but was soon exposed, and when dueling with both GA and the Hawks in an office building, the Emerald Archer injured his eye. But, he was able to regain his ablility to shoot accurately very quickly.

He can use trick arrows not unlike what Green Arrow does for his weapons, and this includes one that can form webbing almost like what Spider-Man over at Marvel Comics can!

Kanjar Ro

First appearance: Justice League of America #3, February-March 1961

This galactic warlord from the planet Dhor invented a weapon called a gamma gong to render people motionless, and later developed mind controlling powers with which to seperate auras from their bodies. He's been a personal adversary of Adam Strange and the Justice League, and has plagued the earth-born space hero and the superhero team with recreations of his old menaces and a time-hopping effect. He's also been an antagonist towards Katar Hol as well, having once plotted to take over Thanagar in DC Showcase #101-103* when taking control over the armies of Rann. He later turned up in Hawkworld posing as a Thanagarian bureaucrat, and even managed to make his way into the job of being the minister of defense for the planet Kylaq in JLA, but was thwarted in his actions there.

* Since the Crisis, this story may not be in continuity now, yet it's possible that it could, depending on if Katar and Shayera had still been around and in business even then.

Matter Master

Real name: Mark Mandrill
First appearance: The Brave and the Bold #35, April-May 1961

This character was a master alchemist who fought the Hawks and the Justice League during the Silver/Bronze Age. He was working on an experiment to turn metals into gold, and in the process, discovered the secret of a chemical called Mentachem that would obey his commands. Building a special wand through which to convey the substance, it gave him control over any material in natural state. He was also the one who accidentally gave Charley Edmund Parker of the Teen Titans West his powers as the Golden Eagle, in hopes of gaining revenge on Hawkman by coming up with a "new" one,* but things didn't turn out as he'd hoped, as his use of the Mentachem Rod to gain a wish only succeeded in coming up with another authentic superhero. He fought against the Winged Warrior and the Justice League of America for many years. He has no innate superpowers, but as long as he is in contact with his wand he can reshape, transmute, or levitate any matter. The effect vanishes over time or as soon as he loses contact with the wand, explaining why he doesn't simply use the wand's power to become rich without resorting to crime.

* Post-Crisis, this connection may have been done away with, and Parker was reinvented as a simpler beach-bum/surfer character whose exact origin was mostly kept under wraps.

Copperhead

Real name: Unknown
First appearance: The Brave and the Bold #78, June-July 1968

Just about everything regarding Copperhead's origins is shrouded in secrecy. He first turned up in Gotham City, where he went on a crime spree rampage before being captured by Batman and Batgirl. He spent a lot of his time in prison in solitary confinement due to his constantly getting into fights with the other inmates. During his periods in isolation, Copperhead spent his time concentrating on various odd yoga-like exercises that helped him gain total control of his body. A month later he used these abilities to escape from prison. However, instead of going back on another crime spree, Copperhead seemingly vanished off the face of the earth.

For the next couple of years, he took the time in mastering his skills and became a master mercenary/assassin who does whatever he's paid to do by anyone. Eventually, he returned to crime full time, locking horns with Superboy, Superman, Starman, Black Canary, and also Hawkman and Hawkgirl, when he was hired by Kristopher Roderic to try and capture the Third Eye of Shiva gem that Danny Evans was after for Roderic to own, getting trapped briefly in the alternate world of Ganesha, and in the end, Copperhead and his cohorts were foiled in their attempts.

He's got the power to contort his body, in very much the same way as a real copperhead snake, and has total muscular control. He used to wear a costume with a silicon-like coating that aided him in squeezing through small or narrow openings that was woven from experimental metallic and elastic fibers, and was even partially bulletproof. An artificial tail that could be stretched, coiled and constricted around opponents was built into the costume, and artificial fangs in his helmet were coated with toxic venom. During the Underworld Unleashed crossover of 1996, he struck a deal with the demon Neron that enabled him to mutate into an actual serpentine form, hence, he no longer wears his protective costume. His tail that is now part of him can also perform the feats that his artificial tail could, and in his new serpentine form, he can inject his venom into his targets with just a mere touch.

Headhunter

Real name: Unknown
First appearance: Hawkman #20 vol 4, December 2003

This very sinister and deadly foe, who can also use Ninth Metal weapons to his advantage, threatened St. Roch for decades, coming on numerous occasions to take heads through which to gain knowledge, and tried to attack Hawkman by reanimating corpses to set against him, including, it would seem, those of his very own previous lives. The first battle between them left Carter in such an angered state, he ended up meting out justice more brutally than usual for awhile. The Headhunter may have returned later on with another army of living dead zombies with which to plague the city, and to keep Hawkman and Hawkgirl on their toes.

Lion-Mane

Real name: Ed Dawson
First appearance: Hawkman #20 vol 1, June-July 1967

This archaeologist and lion-hunting scientist touched a mystical meteor called the Mithra, and was transformed into an almost mythological-ish creature called Lion-Mane (or, you could say, a were-lion). Hawkman helped restore him to normal, but it was not the last he'd endure of that curse, and he returned later on to commit more acts of crime in his new guise.

An interesting thing about Lion-Mane is that he seems to have a tendency to "roll" his dialect whenever speaking.

Trygg the Sorceror

First appearance: All-Star-Comics #1, Summer 1940

Haitian sorceror who learned the secret to reviving and controlling zombies.

I.Q

Real name: Ira Quimby
First appearance: Mystery in Space #87, November 1963

The leader of the I.Q Gang gained super-mental powers from an irradiated fragment of stone from the planet Rann. (Post-Crisis, this villain may no longer exist.)


Fadeaway Man

Real name: Anton Lamont
First appearance: Detective Comics #479, September-October 1978

A villain armed with a cloak that wields all sorts of menacing powers, including teleportation, that may have belonged to the 18th century magician Cagliostro. Lamont was a professor who was cataloguing a collection he'd discovered, and in doing so, found out about the cloak's abilities, using it to start a professional career as a criminal.

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