Blackhawk was an American flying ace who led the Blackhawk Squadron, an elite team of volunteer pilots of various nationalities, against the Axis Powers, during World War II. After the war, Blackhawk and his team kept very busy, for over ten years, curbing the expansionism of the Soviet and Chinese Communist nations, and the evil schemes of a wide variety of renegade scientists, criminal masterminds, international terrorists, space aliens, and other non-governmental entities.


  • Aviation Blackhawk could fly any aircraft ever built.
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic)
  • Leadership
  • Marksmanship
  • Multilingualism Blackhawk spoke and understood the Shangshi dialect of Chinese.[1]
  • Science
    • 1948: When a villain invented an electronic ray, which explosively converted water into hydrogen and oxygen, he used it to turn human beings (or anything containing water) into bombs, and robbed some banks. Blackhawk deduced how it worked, and reverse-engineered an antidote for the ray's effects. He and his team drank this concoction, and it worked.[2]
    • 1953: Blackhawk and his Squadron supervised an atom bomb test, for a weapon based on a principle discovered by Blackhawk.
  • Singing On their return flights from their many international adventures, it was commonplace for the seven aviators of the Blackhawk Squadron to join their voices in a hearty chorus of their Blackhawk Anthem.
  • Suspended Animation An Indian fakir taught Blackhawk how to seem to be dead.[3]
  • Swordsmanship



  • On the ground he typically carried an M1/AI Thompson submachine gun and an M1911 pistol.
  • He was also a capable swordsman, and killed several villains, including the Badarstani leader of the Brotherhood of Assassins, using swords.[4]
  • This version of Blackhawk, including all history and corresponding appearances, was erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985–86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.



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