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Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Night Hawk

The Night Hawk

Creator: Will Murray
The Night Hawk

            Gangdom, beware. A ghost protects Quinn City!

            Mobster: “There’s this guy all done up in black leather –“

            A figure encased in what looked to be cracked black leather drew on ebony gloves. His smooth features resembled meat that had been charred dark.

            Mobster: “…wearing a mask and aviator goggles. He drives this streamlined tank of a taxi. It says ‘Night Hawk Cab Co.’, on the doors – except there ain’t no Night Hawk Cab Co., see? It don’t exist”

            The being in black leather extracted a heavy revolver from his hip holster. He inserted the muzzle into a port that resembled an enormous antique keyhole. Triggering the weapon, he fired once. The report was muffled. A slab-like door rolled open. He stepped in.

            Mobster: “Black and blue as a bruise, it was.”

            A lavender spotlight flashed out, then a tall Frankenstein in black leather stepped out. It had no face. Just a mass of black. Blank eyes reflected the light.

            Mobster: “Then he fired. Every bullet passed right through me, just as mine passed through him.”

            A low-slung black-and-blue machine, with a powerful engine, roared into life. Oversized headlights blazed. A long coffin-shaped hood decorated with a striking hawk nose ornament and gleaming supercharger coils surged forward …

            Mobster: “Thought I’d ram it. Instead, I went clean through like it was made of fog.”

            The Night Hawk Cab passed through the iron gate of the cemetery like through a mirage, then disappeared into a tomb. Above the iron door was carved a single word, QUINN, the family tomb of the city’s founder.
            There has only been one story featuring this interesting character that I know of. It’s curious that the family name is Quinn. A possible homage to The Black Bat, maybe. But this pulp hero is truly a ghost, with phantom bullets and automobile. But certainly a lot of fun.
“The Night Hawk” DOUBLE DANGER TALES #50

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