The Hilarious Fake Hawkman in Justice League International Retcon

In Abandoned an’ Forsaked, we examine comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically “overturned” by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent).

Yesterday, in another article, I referenced a retcon introduced involving Hawkman and Green Arrow’s relationship. Today, we look at an even stranger retcon.

Okay, so during Justice League International #10 (by Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis, Kevin Maguire and Al Gordon), a number of heroes team-up as part of the Millennium crossover. Since it was one of those “every hero shows up” type of crossovers, we got to see some characters appear in the pages of Justice League International that normally would not appear in that book, like Hal Jordan, Superman and, of course, Katar and Shayera Hol, Hawkman and Hawkwoman. Giffen and DeMatteis decided to play up the whole “Hawkman is nostalgic for the old League”/”Hawkman is a stick in the mud” routine throughout the issue…

This almost certainly was also Giffen and DeMatteis having a little fun with what was likely a common complaint from older fans at the time. “This isn’t the real League! They joke around too much!”

Giffen and DeMatteis must have liked the dynamic, as in Justice League International #19 (by Giffen, DeMatteis, Maguire and Gordon), they had Batman recruit Hawkman and Hawkwoman to the League (in an error, Batman refers to Katar as Carter, which WAS Katar’s Earth secret identity, but Batman would normally call him by his Thanagarian name and Shayera definitely wouldn’t call him Carter)…

Once again, you can tell that Hawkman is also being used as a stand-in for a specific criticism that the title got back then.

The next issue (by Giffen and DeMatteis and artists Ty Templeton and Joe Rubinstein), we see the basic dynamic we would see the rest of Hawkman’s brief time on the League. He complains about the modern league, Hawkwoman apologizes for him, rinse and…

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