CRIMSON HAWKS

Membership: Arko, Gallon, Theoric, Tilda

Purpose: To serve as the elite guard of Odin in defense of Asgard

Affiliations: Balder, Heimdall, Odin, Sif, Thor, Thunderstrike

Enemies: Annihilus, Enchantress, Geirrodur, Loki, Rock Trolls

Base of Operations: Asgard

First Appearance: (unnamed) Thor I#404 (June, 1989); (named) Thor I#405 (July, 1989)

Powers/Abilities: The Crimson Hawks each wear a suit of protective armor, and wield swords, shields, and spears.

History: (Thor Annual#14/4)- Theoric, a member of the Crimson Hawks, was slain by the Rock Trolls of Geirrodur, guided by Loki. Loki assumed Theoric's identity in order to romance and wed his fiancee, Sigyn.

(Thor I#404)- The body of Gallon, one of the Crimson Hawks, was found drained of its life force after having been fed on by Annihilus.

(Thor I#405)- The Crimson Hawks attempted to defend Odin from Annihilus as he assaulted his castle, but they were no match for him. Ultimately, Odin defeated Annihilus himself.

(Thor I#420/2)- The Crimson Hawks stood guard over Odin's throneroom as he sent the Warriors Three out on a quest.

(Thor I#426)- The Crimson Hawks honored Thor after he helped save Asgard from Ymir and Surtur.

(Thor I#432)- The Crimson Hawks stood guard over Odin as he lay in his Odinsleep.

(Thor I#434)- The Crimson Hawks guarded Heimdall's chamber as he stood in for Odin. When Sif requested an audience, they at first held her back, but relented at Heimdall's command. When Eric Masterson, the new Thor, came to see Heimdall about having the real Thor set free, the Crimson Hawks tried to hold him back, but were no match for his power. Masterson threatened the life of the still-slumbering Odin, but finally stood down. Just then, Odin was stolen away by Annihilus.

(Thor I#435)- The Crimson Hawks agreed to Heimdall's plan to assault Annihilus and regain Odin, but Masterson convinced Heimdall to employ stealth instead. Ultimately, Masterson's plan succeeded.

(Thor I#437/2)- The Crimson Hawks guarded Heimdall's chamber as Balder and Sif petitioned him to allow them to find Thor.

(Thor I#447)- The Crimson Hawks continued to guard Odin in his Odinsleep.

(Thor I#450)- When Masterson learned that Odin had awakened from his Odinsleep, he had the Crimson Hawks bring him to Heimdall's throneroom for an audience.

(Thor I#451)- The Crimson Hawks resumed their servitude to Odin after he had awakened, and introduced Masterson to him-- unaware that Odin was being possessed by Loki.

(Thor I#453, 453/2)- Arko, a guardsman assigned to Odin's throneroom, overheard him plotting with Karnilla and informed the Warriors Three of his treachery. "Odin" responded by defeating them in battle and arranging for their execution.

(Thor I#454, 454/2)- Tilda, the captain of the Crimson Hawks, attempted to spare the lives of Arko and the Warriors Three, but "Odin" refused to do so. The Crimson Hawks led the four men to the scene of their execution, but they were set free by the Enchantress. The Crimson Hawks battled the Warriors Three, Arko and the Enchantress, but the five fugitives fled the scene, and began to plot against Odin.

(Thor I#455)- Arko joined the Warriors Three and the Enchantress in assaulting Odin's palace, and finally, thanks to Eric Masterson, Sif and Balder, Loki was driven out of Odin's body.

(Thor I#459)- The Crimson Hawks attended a party held by the Warriors Three in honor of Arko at a tavern, but they fell into a barfight when Thor and Eric Masterson plowed through, in the middle of a personal quarrel.

Comments: Created by Tom DeFalco, Ron Frenz and Joe Sinnott.

Sif has often worn a red outfit with wings decorating the helmet. Possibly she is a member of the Crimson Hawks?

They supposedly all died during the Ragnarok in Thor II#85, but we don't know for sure.

by Prime Eternal

CLARIFICATIONS:
The Crimson Hawks should not be confused with:


Gallon was a member of the Crimson Hawks whose life force was fed upon by Annihilus. His body was found in the streets of Asgard by a pair of passerbys, who were then themselves devoured by the creature.

--Thor I#404










Tilda is the captain of the Crimson Hawks, and had been romanced by Fandral the Dashing in the past. She joined Hermod, Tyr and Brunnhilde the Valkyrie in requesting that Odin spare the lives of Arko and the Warriors Three, but they were unsuccessful. Tilda oversaw the four men's execution, and engaged in battle with the Enchantress when she appeared to save their lives. Tilda slashed the Enchantress' face, but was then knocked out by Hogun the Grim. The Enchantress wanted to strike her while she was unconscious, but Hogun prevented her from doing so.

--Thor I#454






Images taken from:
Thor I#426, page 1
Thor I#404, page 4, panel 2
Thor I#454, page 3, panel 1


Other appearances:
Thor I#420 (August, 1990) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Joe Sinnott (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#426 (November, 1990) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Dan Panosian & Joe Sinnott (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#432 (May, 1991) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#434-435 (July-August, 1991) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#437 (October, 1991) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#447 (May, 1992) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#450 (August, 1992) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#451 (September, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Gary Hartle (pencils), Al Milgrom & Yates (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#453 (early November, 1992) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Story 2: Tom DeFalco (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils), Danny Bulanadi (inks)
Thor I#454 (late November, 1992) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Story 2: Tom DeFalco (writer), Geof Isherwood (pencils)
Thor I#455 (early December, 1992) - Tom DeFalco (writer), M.C. Wyman (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Thor I#459 (February, 1993) - Ron Frenz & Tom DeFalco (writers), Ron Frenz (pencils), Al Milgrom (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)

Last updated: 04/11/04

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