Villains

This is a list of short profilings of the adversaries of the Hawks and their closest allies.

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, who specialized in electrical inventions, which he tried to use for blackmailing an American city to bend to his will. Luckily, Hawkman and Sheira Sanders, who'd soon become 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 a couple more times over the years to strike at the Hawks since they first appeared in the Golden Age.

During the 1980's, when Infinity Inc. was published, Hath-Set was reincarnated as a woman named Helene Astar, and 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.

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
Height: 5'11
Weight: 174 lbs

While it hasn't been fully proven, the Gentleman Ghost claims to be the spirit of early 1800s English highwayman "Gentleman" Jim Craddock, who swore vengeance at the time of his execution that he'd come back and loot the troves of those who'd condemned him to death. As he fell to his death through the floor of the gallows, in the instant the rope pulled tight around his neck, Craddock
plunged through a momentary rift in time, reappearing in modern day London as a disembodied spirit, a side effect of his strange journey through time.

Then, true to the threat he'd made on the gallows in his previous life, Craddock disembarked on a criminal spree taking him to all the prominent capitals of Europe, and eventually drew the attention of Hawkman and Hawkwoman, who successfully thwarted many of his schemes, but never managed to bring him to justice, because Gentleman Ghost's ability to vanish at will makes him near impossible to capture.

As the Gentleman Ghost, Craddock's lived a varied afterlife, having also been an adversary of Batman's, who also managed to foil some of his schemes, but even he hasn't been able to stop Craddock completely. Gentleman Ghost also made a special guest appearance in The Flash during 1988 at a party the Rogues were throwing, where former Kid Flash and now main Flash Wally West accepted an invitation to join along with a girlfriend of his.

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.

Artemis

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, 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. During the 1986 DC mini-series Legends, the people of America were influenced by Glorious Godfrey against heroes, and a law was drafted that no one could operate legally wearing a costume. Obviously, this did not affect the villains much, as they were already breaking the law. For Artemis Crock it proved an opportune time to break her parents out of the Empire State Detention Center. Calling herself only Artemis, she joined the Wizard in his new Injustice Society which he called Injustice Unlimited. They overpowered the security at the International Trade Conference in Calgary, Canada, namely Infinity, Inc. and a contingent of the Global Guardians, and forced the heroes to help in some mayhem. For Artemis, she took Nuklon and Rising Sun to New York and, with their help, freed the elder felons. They all returned to Calgary to share in the stolen wealth, but the plan went haywire when Hourman revived and freed himself, as well as when Solomon Grundy was brought in from the Arctic Circle. It was Solomon who thwarted Artemis and her parents, but in the confusion they were able to escape.


Only weeks later Artemis again joined with the Icicle and Hazard, as well as the new Harlequin, the Dummy and Solomon Grundy. The Dummy wanted to head a revived Injustice Unlimited and planned to murder the members of Inifinity Inc to make a name for themselves. Their first target - Skyman (formerly Star-Spangled Kid) - was successfully killed by the Harlequin and then Artemis went after Jade. After believing her dead, Artemis returned to her cohorts. A plan was hatched to bring all the remaining Infinitors to Stellar Studios and kill them, a plan defeated only by the unwillingness of Hazard to cooperate, and the sudden reappearance of Jade and Brainwave Jr (both of whom had been thought dead). During the fight Artemis went one-on-one with Wildcat (Yolanda Montez) and lost. In the end Artemis was given over to law enforcement.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Kite-Man

Real name: Charles "Chuck" Brown
First appearance: Batman #133, August 1960

A criminal who armed himself with kite weapons for committing crimes. He flies with a big kite strapped to his body. He also uses a barrage of kites to overwhelm his enemies. He has run afoul of Batman, Robin, Hawkman and Hawkgirl on different occasions. In his first appearance, he uses kites for a variety of crimes, including helping criminals escape prison. Batman uses kites of his own to defeat him. In a later appearance, Kite-Man came back sporting a visor. He hired several men, whom he later betrayed. Batman again defeats him with his own kite. Len Wein brings him back in a 1979 story about payroll heists, although that time the gimmicky kites were not used.

Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Zatanna later confronted him in Hawkman's 1986 title. He is defeated and crashes into a tree. Kite-Man is one of many criminals to take advantage of the villain-friendly atmosphere of the fictional country of Zandia. Towards the end of the Young Justice series in 2002, he ends up joining its sports team and later becomes involved in a fight against an invading troop of super-heroes.

The character's name, interestingly enough, was inspired by Charlie Brown, the star of the Peanuts comic strip, who also flew kites.

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