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Created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert

The Original Universe


Real Name: Shayera Thal
Aliases: Shiera Hall, Hawkgirl
Occupation: Former Thanagarian Police Officer, former secretary, now Co-director of the Midway City Museum (later occupation unknown, assume she also worked at Midway City Museum)
Homeworld: Thanagar
Marital Status: Married
Known Relatives: Katar Hol (husband), Rhon Dhu (ancestor, deceased)
Base of Operation: Midway City
Group Affiliation(s): Justice League of America
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 123 lb.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Red
First Appearance: Brave and the Bold #34 (February-March 1961): "Creature of a Thousand Shapes!"
Creators: Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert


Shayera Thal was born on Thanagar, a planet orbiting the star Polaris, which had a scientifically advanced civilization in which crime was virtually unknown. As an adolecent, Shayera joined the Thanagarian police force and was assigned to assist the force's most decorated officer, Katar Hol, in capturing the Rainbow Robbers. Hol was at first furious at being assigned an inexperienced young woman as a partner, but was nevertheless strongly attracked to her almost immediately. Together, Katar and Shayera captured the Rainbow Robbers in their stronghold behind a waterfall, and a few weeks later, Katar proposed to Shayera in front of the same waterfall. She accepted and the two were married. Sometime later, the two were journeyed to Earth in pursuit of the criminal Byth Rok. There they were befriended by Midway City police commissioner George Emmett, who established cover identities for them on Earth as Carter and Shiera Hall. Katar and Shayera remained on Earth, studying its crimefighting methods and battling evil as the super-heroes Hawkman and Hawkwoman, eventually joining her husband as a member of the Justice League of America. As Shiera, she first worked as her husband's secretary, but later became co-director of the Midway City Museum. Recently Thanagar has established a military dictatorship bent on conquering other planets. Hawkman and Hawkwoman thwarted Thanagarian plans to invade Earth, destroying their own starship in the process. Hawkman and Hawkwoman remain on Earth, regarded as traitors by Thanagar.


Hawkwoman can fly at great speed by means of her artificial wings and antigravity belt. the antigravity belt also enables her to lift enormous weights aloft. Hawkwoman utilizes various Thanagarian weapons and has a considerable knowledge of her homeworld's advanced science. She prefers to use duplicates of ancient Earth weapons in battle, which she creates with a Thanagarian duplicator machine. After coming to Earth in pursuit of Byth, Hawkwoman learned all Earth knowledge using a device called an absorbascon. With effort she can retrieve any of it from her subconscious. The device also taught her how to communicate with Earth's birds. Hawkwoman is a superb hand-to-hand combatant. Her body has been treated to withstand extreme temperatures and air friction. She can survive unharmed in a vacuum for five minutes.


For a definitive list of appearances of Hawkwoman in chronological order click here