There have been several different Blackhawk Islands over the years. The first independent Blackhawk Island was in the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Canada and Ireland. It was not listed on any navigational charts, nor was its location officially known to any government. The
Blackhawk Island is the home base for the Blackhawks, a paramilitary group founded during World War II. Blackhawk Island houses the members of the Blackhawk Squadron, their planes, maintenance equipment, storage facilities and more.
There have been several different Blackhawk Islands over the years. The first independent Blackhawk Island was in the North Atlantic Ocean, somewhere between Canada and Ireland. It was not listed on any navigational charts, nor was its location officially known to any government. The Gestapo, however, learned the island's location before 1941 was even over. In the following year, the Luftwaffe were able to parachute-deliver a written message to Blackhawk Island, followed soon afterward by a squadron of heavy bombers. An American adventuress found her way to Blackhawk Island, and tried to join up.
Midway through 1943, the Blackhawks observed that the war was moving southward, ever farther away from their North Atlantic secret base, so they surveyed some Mediterranean Sea islands, scouting for a new base site. They found a secret German airbase, and ended up taking it over. At the end of that operation, the Squadron was preparing to move from their old base to this new one, starting the next day.
But very shortly later, the Blackhawks adopted a new island base in the Western Pacific Ocean. This base remained in use throughout most or all of the Cold War, and it afforded access to a large number of isolated Pacific islands and little-known Asiatic dictatorships. At the same time, it was within reach of the continental United States, at least for the Blackhawks' long-range Lockheed interceptors. This afforded them quick access to their "mainland barracks," which seemed to be on the west coast of the the U.S., and they could respond quickly to emergency calls which mostly came from the U.S.
Despite their purported secrecy, the various Blackhawk Islands have over the years been subject to a large number of air raids, land raids, sea raids, and invasions, by Nazis, Imperial Japanese, and Communists, along with visits from ambitious admirers, desperate messengers, flying saucers, Gestapo stooges, giant armored walking machines, insidious infiltrators, jaded thrill-seekers, murderous saboteurs, mysterious seductresses, nosy photographers, paratroopers, pirates, would-be conquerors and actual aliens.
- In 1942, Hans Oberst's squadron of heavy bombers destroyed all the buildings on the North Atlantic Blackhawk Island.
- In 1944, Captain Hitsu's Suicide Squadron demolished the Western Pacific Blackhawk Island.
- The next Blackhawk Island was established in the Southern Pacific. Japanese reconnaissance planes were able to map the island's location, but this base had a decoy airfield, at the other end of the island, with the real aerodrome very well camouflaged.
- Later in 1944, that base also had to be abandoned, after its location was tipped to the Japanese by an unethical, fame-seeking, American news photographer.
- In 1951 Blackhawk Island was raided by a large team of murderous saboteurs, who converted much of the base's facilities and equipment into deadly booby traps.
- In 1952 all the structures on Blackhawk Island were laid waste by a tsunami.
- Since 1952 Blackhawk Island has proudly been a charter member of the Island Federation.
Points of Interest
- There is a tunnel from the sea cove to their underground laboratories, under Blackhawk Island. There are also underground caverns that are used for storage of supplies.
- The nearest doctor to Blackhawk Island, circa 1951, worked on Lapato Island.
- Starting some time before 1955, Blackhawk Island had at least one guest cabin.
- Blackhawk Island has its own observatory.
- Until 1944, Blackhawk Island was usually in the Atlantic Ocean.
- In Military Comics #4, the island was located in the Atlantic, roughly in the middle between Ireland and Canada.
- In Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #2, the island is placed in the Atlantic.
- In his Blackhawk novel, William Rotsler identified Blackhawk Island as one of the Orkney islands northwest of Scotland.
- In the DC Heroes RPG guidebook The World at War, it is said that the island was located off the northern coast of Spain, from 1940 to 1943.
- After 1944, Blackhawk Island was usually in the Pacific Ocean.
- In Blackhawk #34 (1950), the island is one half hour's flying time (for a Lockheed F-90B) away from Olahu Island, site of a U.S.A.F. base.
- In Blackhawk #41 (1951), the island is said to be "just off the regular shipping routes," in the vicinity of "Latitude 47, Longitude 166." According to LATLONG.NET:
- "47 lat, 166 long" is in the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Bering Sea.
- "47 lat, -166 long" is in the empty middle of the northern Pacific Ocean, near nothing.
- "-47 lat, -166 long" is in the empty bottom of the southern Pacific Ocean, near nothing.
- "-47 lat, 166 long" is in the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, just south of New Zealand, and right on the eastern edge of the Tasman Sea. Of the four possible readings of "at latitude 47, longitude 166", this one seems to be the likeliest. It also affords the best access to Southeast Asia, and the sites of several other Blackhawk battles.
- In JSA #11, Blackhawk Island is said to be an atoll in the South Pacific, although its appearance does not resemble an atoll in any way, shape or form.
- Ormolu Island is the largest island in the uninhabited Mokara Group, a 20-minute fighterjet flight due south from Blackhawk Island.
- Blackhawk Island receives regularly scheduled air-drops of mail, so the Post Office knows its location.
- In Blackhawk #39 (1951), Blackhawk Island is invaded by a civilian pirate, in the 2nd story, then bombed by a Red air raid, in the 3rd. The means by which either of these enemies learned the island's location is not revealed.
- In 1955 Blackhawk Island was shown to be located at or near "Longitude 180, Latitude 15," which would place it in the northern, tropical part of the southern half of the Pacific Ocean, near to the International Date Line. But later in 1955, this location was learned, and attacked, by the Soviet Communists.
- Appearances of Blackhawk Island
- Location Gallery: Blackhawk Island
- Catalogued images related to Blackhawk Island
Links and References
- Military Comics #4
- Military Comics #5
- Military Comics #14
- Military Comics #20
- Military Comics #22
- Military Comics #24
- Military Comics #31, Blackhawk #39 & Blackhawk #50
- Blackhawk #45 1st story
- Blackhawk #51
- Blackhawk #39
- Military Comics #31
- Blackhawk #64
- Blackhawk #87
- Blackhawk #34, Modern Comics #69
- Blackhawk #54
- Blackhawk #44
- Blackhawk #41 2nd story & Blackhawk #40 2nd story
- Blackhawk #45
- Military Comics #34
- Blackhawk #50
- Blackhawk #100
- Military Comics #32
- Blackhawk #53
- Blackhawk #49
- Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #2
- Blackhawk #41 2nd story
- Blackhawk #100
- Blackhawk #41
- Blackhawk #91