LORD HAWK

Real Name: Professor Willard Scott

Identity/Class: Human, technology user

Occupation: currently unknown; former professor at Thames University

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: former friend of Brian Braddock and his family

Enemies: Captain Britain, S.T.R.I.K.E. (Special Tactical Response for International Key Emergencies), Jacko Tanner

Known Relatives: none

Aliases: Old Hawk Nose

Base of Operations: some old shanty in the woods, miles from London

First Appearance: Captain Britain I#27 (April 13, 1977)

 

 

Powers: Lord Hawk had no powers. He used a hand-held radio-control device to control a mechanical hawk. The hawk could fly at great speeds, fire bullets, explosives, and stun pullets of some sort, rake others with its talons, and track others implanted with a homing device. The hawk was larger than normal, and could carry the weight on an adult human into the air.

 

 

 

 

History: (Captain Britain I#28 (fb) ) - Professor Scott was once a professor at Thames University. He felt that England had lost its way, and that if it did not return to its chivalrous past, it was doomed. His students thought he was a nutjob, and mocked him. Eventually he grew tired of taking their abuse and retired, devoting the rest of his time to his lifelong hobby--the ancient sport of hunting with hawks. However, he ended up losing this as well, as his hawks died off, apparently as a result of pollution in the environment.
Professor Scott had been an old friend of the Braddocks, and so Brian Braddock built him a giant robot hawk. Scott first saw the hawk as a poor replacement for his flesh and blood hawks, until he realized its power and potential. He hired a former munitions worker to outfit the bird with an arsenal of weaponry. After the munitions worker was done, Scott shot and killed him. He now saw himself as Lord Hawk, and his robot hawk as the means to take revenge on a society that had destroyed his beloved pets.

(Captain Britain I#27-32) - Lord Hawk sent his robot hawk, first destroying factories which spewed out pollutants, and then attacking people walking the streets, because they were part of the society that was the problem. Captain Britain learned of these attacks and recognized the hawk as his own creation. He went out to Professor Scott's shanty, but Lord Hawk sent his hawk after him, and it knocked him out. Hawk came upon the idea of launching his war against modern society by defeating its champion, Captain Britain, in public. To this end, he planted a homing device into Captain Britain, and then allowed him to recover and escape.
Lord Hawk then followed Captain Britain and waited until he was back in London to attack him again. In a series of struggles, Lord Hawk would attack Captain Britain and destroy public property before escaping. Lord Hawk eventually was able to have his hawk grab Captain Britain and lift him high into the air. However, while he was watching his hawk's aerial struggle, a young punk named Jacko Tanner ran up and took the controls from him. Tanner hoped to prove himself to some young women by defeating Captain Britain, with whom they had been impressed. Lord Hawk tried to take his controls back, but Tanner shoved the old man to the ground.

Tanner sent the hawk into a dive, but Captain Britain threw it off balance with his weight. The hawk's speed slowed enough that he was able to jump off to safety. The hawk could not pull out of its dive and smashed into the bleechers.

(Captain Britain I#33 (fb) ) - Professor Scott came running into the stadium ranting about his destiny, and was promptly taken away by agents of STRIKE. Inspector Dai Thomas demanded the right to arrest him, but Lance Hunter of STRIKE called rank on him and took Lord Hawk away--Why? Other than to make Dai Thomas look like a fool, I have no idea.

 

 

 

Comments: Created by Gary Friedrich and John Buscema.

This story just goes to show you: Never build a robotic bird-of-prey for an old coot who's mad at the world!

The Captain Britain stories didn't really hit their stride until the Hulk Comic weekly, and then they got REALLY good under Alans Davis and Moore. This particular story was...less than spectacular.

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Other appearances:
Captain Britain I#28-30 (April, 1977 - May, 1977) - Gary Friedrich & Lary Lieber (writers), John Buscema (pencils), Tom Palmer (#28, 30) & Fred Kida (#29) (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)
Captain Britain I#31-33 (1977) - Gary Friedrich & Lary Lieber (writers), Ron Wilson (pencils), Bob Budiansky & Fred Kida (inks), Larry Lieber (editor)


Last updated: 12/08/07

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