"For the Benefit of Mr. Kite": Hawkman and Hawkwoman host the Fifth Annual Festival of Flight, an aeronautic show put on by the Midway City Museum to raise money for aviation scholarships. Displayed at this festival are a full-size worki
Appearing in "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
- Stewart Frazier
- Saul Ready (Single appearance)
- George Emmett
- Whitney Nichols (Cameo)
- Mavis Trent (Mentioned only) (Also in a vision)
- Kite Man
- Shadow Thief (Cameo) (Flashback only)
- Andrew (Single appearance)
- Johny Fingers (Single appearance)
- Jerald Trent (spelled as Gerald in future issues) (First appearance)
- Joe Tracy
- Corla Tavo as (Coral Shilak)
- Emmy (Single appearance)
- Lou (Single appearance)
- Ed Dawson (Flashback only)
- Angelo (Single appearance)
- Paran Katar (Mentioned only)
- Indiana Jones (Mentioned only)
- Zatara (Mentioned only)
- Justice League of America (Mentioned only)
- Rocky (Rabbit) (Single appearance)
- Kenny (Single appearance)
- Carangian Tigracat (Mentioned only)
- Batman (Mentioned only)
- Midway City Police Department
- Thanaldar Fair (Mentioned only)
- Anti-Gravity Belts
- Flying Pterosaur Model
- Golden Eagle Artifact
- Kite Man's Glider
Synopsis for "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
Hawkman and Hawkwoman host the Fifth Annual Festival of Flight, an aeronautic show put on by the Midway City Museum to raise money for aviation scholarships. Displayed at this festival are a full-size working model of a pterodactyl created by Saul Ready, and the Golden Eagle, an archaeological treasure uncovered the year before by archaeologist Ed Dawson.
Zatanna magically appears to visit her old friends, and commiserates over the loss of their secret identities, while Batman's old foe, the Kite Man, plots the theft of the Golden Eagle. While Zatanna performs in her triumphant return to the stages for the first time since her father's death, Kite-Man causes a distraction by remote-controlling the pterodactyl via a previously planted device. In the meantime, Kite Man's accomplice, Andrew, grabs the statue. Leaving his hapless comrade on the ground, Kite Man makes off with the bird while Hawkman and Hawkwoman must contend with the runaway dinosaur model.
Kite-Man had reckoned without Zatanna, however, and she confronts the criminal, changing his bullets into flowers and sending him plummeting to Earth, while Hawkman and Hawkwoman save both the flying model and panicking festival attendees. Meanwhile, Joe Tracy and Coral Shilak plot revenge on the Winged Wonders with the help of Mavis Trent's father.
- This story is dedicated to Paul MacCready.
- The story's title is also the name of the Beatles' song on the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Album.
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