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Lorendiac

Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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Panthera

Subj: I've now got a solid answer to the original question
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 10:34:28 pm EDT (Viewed 578 times)
Reply Subj: And then
Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 08:55:47 am EDT (Viewed 13 times)



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    Kendra flies off and we get the history of her mom and the situation with her daughter?



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    OR..maybe it's just been too long and I am scrambling scenes. Sorry. I would actually go dig for the books (Hawkman, maybe even JLA where she appeared), but they are buried in the basement.



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    Good hunting!


I think you were scrambling scenes. JSA #22, after the bit with Speed Saunders telling Sand what he thought had happened, also had a scene in which Kendra is weeping at the joint grave of her parents (who somehow had both died, in a way never described within the story, a few years earlier). Then Kendra and other members of the JSA ended up being teleported to Thanagar (not all on the same trip) and Carter Hall/Hawkman was magically returned to the land of the living, and then he and the other JSAers all got teleported back home to Earth.

I'm skipping some details, but my point is that the arc told us nothing further about Kendra's parents, beyond what we could glean from their tombstone when Kendra was there.

Anyway, I asked this same question ("When was Kendra first stated for a fact to have Hispanic heritage on her mom's side?") on a couple of other sites, and on one of them, an informant told me that in her copy of "Hawkman #1" (Volume 4, cover-dated May, 2002) an old acquaintance of the Saunders family mentions in passing that Trina was a "very beautiful Hispanic woman."

That told me something. If Kendra's Hispanic heritage was not mentioned in any JSA scripts published before May 2002, then the Hawkman thing would take the prize as "the first time it was mentioned anywhere!"

So I've been rereading the first three years' worth of that JSA series. Earlier this evening, I finished rereading the "Stealing Thunder" story arc from the JSA title. Online resources confirm that it began a couple of months before "Hawkman #1" (vol. 4) was released, and the arc wrapped up a few months after that Hawkman series was launched. There's nothing in "Stealing Thunder" about Kendra's family background -- in fact, she doesn't get to do a heck of a lot in that arc, except for being one of the Ultra-Humanite's telepathically-enslaved puppets.

And in all the JSA issues before that arc (which I've also reread in the last few days), there was virtually no information provided about Kendra's mother, beyond such basic details as "her married name was Trina Saunders, and she and her husband somehow died simultaneously a few years ago, which had a devastating effect upon their teenage daughter's psyche. (Hence the occasional suicide attempt.)"

So it looks like my informant on another site was absolutely right to suggest that the brief line of dialogue in "Hawkman #1" about Trina being a "very beautiful Hispanic woman" was, in fact, the first time that any DC publication suggested Kendra had any Hispanic heritage whatsoever. And that was in a story published almost three years after she'd debuted as the new Hawkgirl! (They sure weren't in any hurry to mention it, were they?)





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