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XSECRET ORIGINS OF THE HAWK AND THE DOVE -- PART 5 of 5
HAWK AND DOVE in HOLLYWOOD!


If you had told Ditko and Skeates that one day, Hawk and Dove would have their very own action figures (right) and Heroclix (below, left), and appear on TELEVISION in an animated cartoon, the characters' creators would probably have died laughing, then had you locked up in a lunatic asylum.

But astonishingly, it happened. Hawk and Dove played a starring role in a first-season episode of the Justice League Unlimited cartoon series, and as a result, the two obscure characters from a failed comic book were seen by more people in a single hour on television than had previously known the battling brothers during their entire comic career.

The characters were treated respectfully and handled correctly in their JLU episode, and there is even a sly reference to Hawk and Dove's artistic co-creator, as Wonder Woman mentions that she recently fought some aliens from the DITKORIAN XNebula.

We’ll close our examination of the Secret Origins of Hawk and Dove with a look at the Hawk and Dove JLU episode, which for some strange reason was titled “HAWK AND DOVE.”

The show first aired on Saturday August 21, 2004. In it, Wonder Woman teams up with Hank and Don to stop Ares' plans to escalate a European civil war into World War III.

Note that in the episode (see a video clip after you look at stills below), Hawk and Dove, our two battling brothers, are voiced by two OTHER battling brothers -- FRED SAVAGE and JASON HERVEY from TV's "The Wonder Years."
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SOURCES FOR THIS ARTICLE: Steve Skeates Interview from Comic Book Artist Magazine #5, 1999, Carmine Infantino Interview from Comic Book Artist Magazine #1, 2000, Dick Giordano Interview from Comic Book Artist Magazine #1, 2000, and The Comic Book Heroes: The First History of Modern Comic Books From the Silver Age to the Present, by Gerard Jones and Will Jacobs.
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