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ONE TO SHOCK YOU!
Firehair -- Civilized or Savage?

Our "One to Startle You" series has been cancelled, and replaced with "One to SHOCK you!" Why? Because "startling" just isn't enough anymore. Off we go...

Back in the Silver Age, DC comic fans had had to grapple with three burning questions: (1) Is the Flash fact or fiction? (2) Will Bat Lash save the west or ruin it? and (3) Is Firehair civilized or savage? The third of these three mysteries has received the least attention -- until now, that is. Reader, this issue we're going to decide once and for all: Is Firehair civilized or savage?

SHOWCASE #86 - First FIREHAIR appearance
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Here's what Firehair's creator,
writer/artist Joe Kubert had to say...
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First issue splash page...
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An amazing Joe Kubert double-spread...
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SHOWCASE #86 - Second FIREHAIR appearance
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Eisner-ish splash page...
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Freakishly good full page scene...
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Kubert never stopped innovating.
Check out THIS splash page...
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Hey! We're almost done! So where's the SHOCK? Well, the idea of a mixed-race Indian hero is SHOCKING, isn't it reader? Actually, it isn't, really. Not even in the Sixties, when Firehair was first published. But Robby promised "One To Shock You," and Robby always delivers.

A mixed-race hero doesn't shock you? OK, how about a massive double-page spread depicting a supernatural encounter with a coyote totem-god as seen during something very close to a peyote trip, drawn in masterful style by Joe Kubert at the height of his powers? Here it is...

SHOCK!
WOW! Speaking of shamans reminds me of the time Firehair was suddenly plunked down in the midst of many of his Showcase friends. The incident almost drove him insane, until he managed to convince himself it was all the work of an evil shaman! Here's the scene, from Showcase #100, with art by Joe Stanton (Firehair's on the middle right).
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Here's another beautiful Kubert piece, from Who's Who...
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Finally, here's the original artwork for Firehair's last appearance, a back-up story in Tomahawk #134, May June 1971, in a story titled "Contest," written and drawn by (who else?) Joe Kubert.
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There you have it, reader. The story of the half-breed, short-lived hero known as FIREHAIR. Given what we have seen, there is only one conclusion that can be drawn. Although Firehair certainly has a savage side, there is no doubt that -- on balance -- the character is, without question, CIVILIZED.
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