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"Ruse Of The Robbing Raven!"
"Enigma of The Escape Happy Jewel Thieves"
Hawkman Vol 1-17 Cover-1
General Information
Series: Hawkman (Volume 1)
Issue Number: 17
First Published: January 1, 1967
Previous Issue: Hawkman (Vol 1) #16
Next Issue: Hawkman (Vol 1) #18


Synopsis for "Ruse Of The Robbing Raven!"

Joey Makk, resentful that his early crime career as trainer of a raven which stole for him had been halted when Eddie Powe beat him up and recovered the loot, has befriended Powe now, while planning to humiliate him publicly. Makk gives Powe a trained raven that can recite Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem, but which also spies on Powe, and reports back to Makk everything it has heard all day. Thus, Makk learns that Powe has found an unknown Edgar Allan Poe novel, and is keeping the authenticated manuscript in his library until the public announcement and donation to Midway City Museum is made, and so, as the Raven, he gathers his criminal gang and raids the library. Although Hawkman captures the gang, Raven escapes, his mission accomplished; he has switched a fake manuscript for the real one. Eddie Powe is disgraced on TV when a literary authority recognizes the forgery, and he suspects Makk, since the trained raven is also missing. Hawkman tracks down and speaks with the bird, and then surprises the Raven when he tries to fence the book. The manuscript recovered, and Makk in jail, Powe is exonerated.

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Synopsis for "Enigma of The Escape Happy Jewel Thieves"

Hawkman and Hawkgirl encounter jewel thieves, while carrying damaged museum relics they had been unable to take to their ship to duplicate because of the weather. During the fight Hawkgirl drops a jeweled pistol called the Sultan's Sidearm, which is picked up by one of the thieves, who have separated. The crime fighters knock two out and go after the others, unaware that as they do so, the snared crooks are being picked up with their loot, and identically dressed drifters are substituted, so that they have nothing to show for their efforts. Knowing that the pistol had been irradiated when the Laser-Gun Bandit attempted to take it the previous week, the Winged Wonders build an oscillator to track it. Big Red also seemingly spots the crooks, but this is only another decoy group, and the real gang hits another museum. Next, the gang carries fake loot bags (actually that will explode on inspection) when they raid the Diamond Mart. However, Hawkman suddenly breaks off the fight, and he and Shayera flee to later capture them all in their hideout. The loot is recovered, and the couple never know how close they came to being bomb victims.

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