The Opposite Number


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Although Blackhawk fought his share of colorful villains in the Golden Age, the fictional aviator never developed much of a rogues gallery because few of his opponents survived beyond a single story!

The sociopathic King Cobra and his Squadron Of Rattlesnakes  – the Nazis’ response to Blackhawk and his international team of swashbucklers – certainly had the potential to be formidable arch nemeses, but … well, you’ll just have to read the story to find out why their names don’t live on in infamy.

(Here’s a three-word hint: “Golden Age justice.”)

The following story, written and drawn by the legendary Bill Woolfolk and Reed Crandall, originally appeared in Military Comics #19 (Quality, 1943).

Like many Golden Age comics, the tale contains dated  racial stereotypes that modern sensibilities rightfully find offensive.

(Namely, the now infamous Chop-Chop.)

Although I generally try to post stories that either avoid or minimize such characterizations, it’s also not this blog’s intention to whitewash the past. Who knows what future generations will think of social conventions and attitudes that we currently find acceptable?

With such caveats in mind, enjoy the story!

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