Named "Best Superhero Comic Originally Published Much, Much Earlier Than 2012" by ComicsAlliance
Named one of the best reprint/reissue comics of 2012 by Robot 6's Chris Mautner
Basil Wolverton is one of the greatest, most idiosyncratic talents in comic
book history. Though he is best known for his humorous grotesqueries in MAD
magazine, it is his science-fiction character Spacehawk that Wolverton fans have
most often demanded be collected. The wait is over, as Spacehawk
features every story from Spacehawk’s intergalactic debut in 1940 to his final,
Nazi-crushing adventure in 1942.
Spacehawk is the closest thing to a colorfully-costumed, conventional action
hero Wolverton ever created, yet the strip is infused with Wolverton’s quintessential weirdness: controlled, organic artwork of strangely repulsive aliens and
monsters and bizarre planets, and stories of gruesome retribution that bring to
mind Wolverton’s peer, Fletcher Hanks. Spacehawk had no secret identity, no
fixed base of operations beyond his spaceship, and no sidekicks or love interests. He had but one mission in life: to protect the innocent throughout the Solar System, and to punish the guilty. He was a
dark — yet much more visually playful — counterpart to Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon.
Spacehawk also includes the character’s final and rarely-seen Earthbound adventures. As the U.S. became
involved in World War II, Spacehawk returned to 20th Century America to join the United States’ efforts in defeating
fascism, which he does by patrolling the Earth’s stratosphere, looking for wrongdoing.