Nighthawk (DC Comics)
|First appearance||Western Comics #5
|Created by||Robert Kanigher and Charles Paris|
|Alter ego||Hannibal Hawkes|
|Team affiliations||Rough Bunch|
|Abilities||Repair skills, expert marksman and horseman|
Nighthawk is a fictional character, a cowboy in the DC Comics universe. His real name is Hannibal Hawkes and he first appeared in Western Comics #5. In his secret identity, he worked as a traveling repairman. He had a sidekick named Jim Peyton.
Fictional character biography
He was shown as dying during Crisis on Infinite Earths, although this has been retconned twice to fit in with the later revelation that he was a reincarnation of Prince Khufu — who would later be reincarnated as Carter Hall, the Golden Age Hawkman. Current continuity has it that he was shot by a criminal named Matilda Roderic, who was presumably a reincarnation of the evil priest Hath-Set, who is apparently destined to kill Khufu in every life. Roderic's descendant is the current Hath-Set.
Nighthawk appears in Guy Gardner #24 during the "Zero Hour" incident. He sported white sideburns at this point in time. His group of allies, which includes El Diablo and Bat Lash, were forming to take on the villain Extant and several men Extant had brainwashed. Nighthawk calls this group the "Rough Bunch" on more than one occasion. The time-lost heroes Steel, Supergirl, Guy Gardner and a version of Batgirl show up to help in the fight.
A modern-day version of the character appears in the Western-themed Robin Annual #6, as a mercenary. He worked with Robin and the modern day Pow Wow Smith to track down the modern day Trigger Twins. They have a literal Main Street showdown in a Western-themed tourist attraction located near Gotham City.
Nighthawk appears in All Star Western in both its backups and in the main Jonah Hex story. Nighthawk's new origin is that he left home as a child and worked on a whaling boat. The captain, a former slave, became a second father to him and Nighthawk was there when the man died. This death inspired Nighthawk to fight for justice and for the oppressed. Nighthawk is teamed with Cinnamon once again. Nighthawk uses a special medallion he found at an Indian burial site, which gives him enhanced strength and healing abilities.
In other media
- In The Flash 2014 episode "Power Outage", a movie poster can be seen featuring Nighthawk and Cinnamon.
- In the 2016 DC's Legends of Tomorrow episode "The Magnificent Eight", present Hawkgirl meets her previous incarnation in 1871, who discusses her sorrow over the death of her husband, Hannibal Hawkes/Hawkman.
- Nighthawk was slated to be a playable character in Lego Batman: The Video Game, but did not make the final release.
- French-Canadian electro-rock band Judge Rock has him as a character in their 2012 song Westerner, depicting scenes from the 1985/86 Crisis on Infinite Earths comics series where Nighthawk appears: "Then came Nighthawk, the sombre man / White bird on a dark shirt / Hand on his gun, boots in the dirt / He was the gravest of the clan."
- Markstein, Don. "Nighthawk," Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Accessed Aug. 13, 2011.
- Crisis on Infinite Earths #3 (June 1985).
- Hawkman Vol. 4 #7 (Nov 2002)
- Guy Gardner: Warrior #24 (Sept. 1994).
- Robin Annual #6 (1997).
- "New LEGO Batman Characters Revealed - Wii News at IGN". Wii.ign.com. 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2011-04-02.