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I didn't care for what DC did with the Blackhawks. Putting it simply, I think it ranged from dull in the 1960s to "you should just let it die with some dignity" almost anytime after that. That said I do love Zinda Blake, Lady Blackhawk. I really do. At least I love her modem incarnation. Yes, there are some things I'd rather not talk about, but when so many different writers handle these characters you have to have some give.

Lady Blackhawk first showed up in Blackhawk #133 (1959).

I don't have the issue anymore to share, but Zinda is the prefect example of a woman in a DC sliver age comic. She fails as much as she successes in her first appearance. She has successfully trained herself to be completely badass in fighting moves and weapons, and piloting jets. (Maybe this just doesn't impress these guys. Chop-chop has a similar back story at the start and no one seemed to care.) She has done all this because she is determined to become the first female Blackhawk. Despite saving Olaf from The Scavenger, she is denied membership by Blackhawk himself. No girls allowed, you see. Due to her next scew ups, she decides she's not ready to be on the team.

Now by #140 Zinda rescues the entire Blackhawk team from The Scavenger and becomes an honorary member. Then she gets brainwashed by a supervillain, but I digress.

Her appearance is...disappointing. So in my headcanon it didn't play out this way.

Meet "The Blonde Bomber."

In Military Comics #20 (1943) a woman appears who attempts to become the first woman member of the Blackhawks. She looks and behaves will Zinda will almost two decades later.

Credits for this story to Bill Woolfolk (Script) and Reed Crandall (Pencils and Inks).


"HONEY??" I think for a second there he thought he was getting hit on by one of the guys. He clearly didn't pick up on a female voice.

Witness the "Blackhawk effect". The man can be a complete jerk, but girls still swoon for him. Blonds especially have a weakness for it.

Some fighting. Some freeing. Some running.
Sugar never comes back, but the next time Zinda shows up after the mouse indent, she is a member of the team. Can't we just ignore all logic and pretend that this is how she got her spot on the team?

Date: 2012-05-23 04:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Well, she never reveals her real name. For all we know, that could be Zinda. A great way to tie in the two characters would be if Zinda eventually adopted "Sugar" as her callsign.

Date: 2012-05-23 05:27 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silverzeo
Gotta give it a lady who can make wooden clogs and a workmaid's dress look good in casual and action... and in spirit of empowering women to pig men... http://youtu.be/RgeP2BAGrIY?t=5m4s

Date: 2012-05-23 11:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Wow, you can see a totally different story-telling going on in the 1943 comic versus the 1959 comic. Reed Crandall's art is, IMHO, much more expressive and compelling. It has much more of a Milt Caniff-like feel to it and a much more cinematic touch.

You can also tell that the war comic is much more like a movie, while the 1959 story clearly has the earmark of a post-"Seduction of the Innocent" title. The blonde bomber is sexy, liberated and independent-minded. Hell, she rescues Blackhawk and although they deny her going on the mission, at least they gave an excuse other than 'you're a wimmen'.

Date: 2012-05-23 02:57 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
page ten, with the general, or what ever, going "SO..." made me laugh soooo hard... oh honey, flirt all you want with her you are NOT fooling anyone....

Surgar DOES kick ass.... but i still love my Zinda :D

Date: 2012-05-24 05:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] michael_ellis_day
The license she gets to break the fourth wall with witty banter directed at us shows how much the creators wanted her to win over the audience. You get the feeling they really did intend for her to come back -- maybe they were overruled by the editor, or maybe the reader response just wasn't strong enough? Either way, it's a shame. She was a pistol!


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