Recently an Air Hawk Fan suggested I do this. And, to be fair, I do think I promised to do it a while ago. I'll later re-post it on the John Dixon tab. So, without further ado....
TITLE DATE WEEKS
01. Hyjack 11th May 1963 12
02. Lizard Man August 1963 10
03. Bullion Hunters October 1963 13
04. Beauty and the Beast January 1964 14
05. Arsenals Inc. April 1964 16
06. Barnstormers July 1964 17
07. Man from the Exosphere November 1964 15
08. The Assassins March 1965 14
09. Witch of Alawoona June 1965 15
10. The Diviner October 1965 18
11. Assignment Unipurge February 1966 17
12. The Inheritors June 1966 21
13. The Foxtrot Delta Juliette Affair October 1966 14
14. Ride a Wild Wind March 1967 13
15. Requiem for an Iron Shark June 1967 16
16. Counterfeit September 1967 13
17. Flashpoint December 1967 13
18. The Gravy Plane March 1968 14
19. The Time Pod July 1968 16
20. By the Seat of his Pants October 1968 14
21. The Fugitives February 1969 11
22. The Ansoe Charter May 1969 15
23. The Ghost of Herbert J. Fogg August 1969 17
24. A Bird in the Hand December 1969 12
25. Vetol March 1970 14
26. The Brolga Story June 1970 15
27. Anarchists October 1970 12
28. Kadaitcha December 1970 11
29. The Con Merchants March 1971 20
30. Ingot August 1971 14
31. Wildcat November 1971 15
32. Jetnappers February 1972 12
33. A Bag Full of Wallabies May 1972 16
34. The Revenge of Johnny Rainbow September 1972 20
35. Kamikaze January 1973 14
36. The Prodical May 1973 15
37. Jackaroo August 1973 15
38. Early Birds December 1973 15
39. The Dream Maker March 1974 15
40. The Sleeper July 1974 18
41. The Stunt November 1974 14
42. Taboo February 1975 13
43. The Legion May 1975 16
44. Thunderhead September 1975 21
45. The Contract February 1976 22
46. Boatman of the Dead July 1976 14
47. The Danzig Incident October 1976 14
48. Rip-Off January 1977 16
49. Yowie May 1977 20
50. The Lame Duck September 1977 18
51. The Black Triangle February 1978 14
52. The Sandman May 1978 15
53. The Lady in Waiting August 1978 18
54. The Vultures December 1978 14
55. Min-Min April 1979 16
56. Finders Keepers July 1979 12
57. The Drafus Affair October 1979 11
58. Finnegan's Fortress January 1980 15
59. Foxy Lady April 1980 17
60. The Beast of Bantry Wells August 1980 19
61. Death Song December 1980 12
62. King Sound Caper March 1981 15
63. The Queen Bee July 1981 14
64. The Icarus Project October 1981 13
65. Point of No Return January 1982 14
66. Agent Alpha April 1982 13
67. Hot Spot July 1982 17
68. King of the Castle November 1982 15
69. Purelko March 1983 17
70. Nest Egg July 1983 13
71. Station Echo October 1983 14
72. The Couriers January 1984 13
73. Code Delta April 1984 12
74. The V.I.P. July 1984 12
75. Dakota Run September 1984 17
76. Decoy January 1985 10
77. Time Bomb April 1985 14
78. Return of the Giants July 1985 14
79. Shuttle Bug October 1985 13
80. The Great Comet Caper January 1986 13
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It's been just a little over a year ago now that Air Hawk creator John Dixon passed away. And, even now, there are still some lovely messages coming in about him. Here's one:
My dad Trevor Hensman talked about Mr Dixon frequently. He talked about the day that Dixon got his pilot license and they flew over Sydney. My dad is a Kiwi and met John in Sydney staying at Presbyterian Hostel or maybe it was Baptist, in the late 40's or early 50's. I am very sorry that he has passed on. I will tell my dad in the morning.
God be with you all.
Sincerely James Hensman
I am presently in the (very) early stages of preparing another Air Hawk volume. The adventures have already been announced (on the Air Hawk Facebook page). Here are all the details you may have missed:
Story 33: "A Bag Full of Wallabies" (May 1972 - a 16 week story)
Story 49: "Yowie" (May 1977 - 20 weeks)
Story 56: "Finders Keepers" (July 1979 - 12 weeks)
Story 69: "Purelko" (March 1983 - 17 weeks)
Story 70: "The Nest Egg" (July 1983)
The process of deciding what to include and what to leave out was a difficult one. I am aware that I have selected nothing from the 1960s (although some came close to being selected). I wanted to include stories that were 100% by John, so I had to omit stories that Keith Chatto (in particular) and Phil Belbin had a hand in. I also feel that John's work (especially as an artist) reached his zenith in the 70s. Some of the 60s stories (like "Man from the Exosphere' are well written, but the line work on the printer's bromides are too fine for good reproduction. And that is another matter. Some of the artwork and printers bromides are simply NOT available (which goes for ALL of the Sunday strips). Sadly. And inexplicably.
I am also aware that I have already published "Yowie" before (in the "Air Hawk Special" that was distributed in the US by Diamond - and others - in the early late 1980s/early 1990s), but the story is filled with such good Aussie humour that it was hard to leave out.
Humour was another reason for selecting "The Nest Egg", as well as the wonderful illustrations of planes (of course). And planes are front and centre in "Finders Keepers" too. The inclusion of Aussie animals made "A Bag Full of Wallabies" a natural selection; and I also wanted one that carried a depiction of Indigenous culture, so I settled on "Purelko". The latter story's original artwork is held by the Australian National Library in Canberra, which perhaps might allow some future potential marketing opportunities by the Library....
I have someone in mind to write an introduction to the book and will soon approach them, And fundraising for the book (and more details of some of the internal pages apart from the "Air Hawk" strips) will be announced in due course.
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Since 2011, Nat has self-published over twelve comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of
Oi Oi Oi! -- the last series of nationally-distributed comic books of original stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He is a member of the Australian Cartoonists Association and edited the Association's journal Inkspot for 14 issues from late 2015. For numerous years he was the Lead Judge in the Ledger of Honour Awards for the Comic Arts Awards of Australia (formerly the Ledgers). These days Nat dreams of retiring from his occupation as a Clinical Nurse in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital, so that he can spend more time with his long-suffering wife and their six children and fourteen grandchildren. And perhaps publish some more comic-related books.
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2 x Paperback books
10 x Hardcover books