Wednesday, September 16, 2020

IWNS - (Independent World News Service)

The Independent World New Service (IWNS) was founded in 1954 in direct response to the accusations, and actions, of Senator Joseph "Tail Gunner Joe" McCarthy (1954) during the "McCarthy Hearings" held under the auspices of the Senate Committee on Government Operations, and it's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

IWNS was the brainchild of inventor, aircraft manufacture and philanthropist Gregory Lennart. When Lennart saw Sen. McCarthy beginning to abuse his position as chairman of the Subcommittee on Investigations, and use it as his personal "witch hunt" against many of America's costumed heroes (many of whom had served honorably in WWII), as well as other high profile citizens, he was disgusted.

The turning point for Lennart was when he saw how the American popular press was happily regurgitating every spurious, salacious and, malicious accusation made against these people by the committee, and luxuriating in the higher and higher revenues that their yellow journalism brought in.

He concluded that the American people, and the world, needed and unbiased and independent source of news and information to help them form their own opinions on the goings on in Congress, and to help protect and restore the reputations of those, citizens and heroes Sen. McCarthy’s had targeted in order to further his political career.

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Night Hawk - Montreal's Original Legacy Hero

Ever since the summer of 1934 there has been a nocturnal man of mystery stalking the busy streets and quiet laneways of Montreal. A shadowy avian figure garbed in black, brown, and gold, flitting between rooftops. Striking a blow in the night for Justice. It wasn’t Long before the press of the time caught wind of the name that was found scrawled at the bottom of the notes left pinned to the thugs the Montreal police began to find left for them in various parts of the city. That’s when the name "Night Hawk" entered the consciousness of the city. The French language press equally eager to embrace this mysterious, and romantic figure, simply called him "le Faucon Noir". Since that time there has almost always been a Night Hawk perched above the city, ready to swoop out of the darkness and put right the wrongs committed in the dark nights of Montreal.

The mantel of the Night Hawk appears to have been passed down to perhaps 4 different Individuals since his initial appearance in the 1930’s, and not every iteration of Montreal's night-time champion has been male. When it comes to Night Hawks it seems that the female of the species is every bit as determined and effective in their chosen duties as the male.

From time to time the Night Hawk has been seen in the company of a fledgling crime fighter, clad in bright scarlet. These “sidekicks” have taken on the nom-de-geurre of “Cardinal”.

The Inspirations I had for Night Hawk are basically very similar to the ones that I had for Midnight  (Bat-Man, The Shadow , The Phantom, and a little bit of the Original Space Ghost and Blue Falcon) But I feel that even though they come from similar Inspirations they will end up be very different Characters.