I was Disco Indian when Disco Indian wasn't cool

Crazy cross-genre combinations are the norm in today’s comics world, with zombie super-heroes and dinosaur nazis and “what if super villains ran the world” sorts of high concepts. High being the operative word.

Have you ever wondered, however, why no one has ever done a Native American Cowboy Disco Rebel book before? I know I have! Well thanks to ReaderKate, we learn the answer: Because it’s already been done before! Ladies and gentlemen, meet the sartorially challenged genre-busting fashion spectacle that is … HAWK, Son of Tomahawk!

There’s so much to love here, but I think ReaderKate summed it up best in her email to me:

The stories look quite interesting, but oh, that costume! It says not “Half-Indian Cowboy with a Sense of Justice,” but “Wealthy Disco Douchebag, circa 1979.” All it needs is designer shades and a silver coke spoon necklace.

From the James Dean pompadour to the crazy Luke Cage plunging neckline to the super hip bell bottoms (with emergency width-expanding extension flaps for those times when you need maximum wingspan!) and the ready-for-disco handbag, this guy looks like the bastard love child of Dazzler and Angar the Screamer. He’s a hero who can ride off with a posse by day and dance all night, just how they grew them out West.

I even love his name. “Hawk, Son of Tomahawk” has a nice sort of symmetry to it. I can’t wait to read about “Toma, daughter of Tomahawk”, “Omaha, city of Tomahawk”, “Awk, Parrot of Tomahawk”, and “Tom, Co-Worker of Tomahawk Who Had to Legally Change His Name From Bob to Tom or Die at the Keen Edge of the Aforementioned Tomahawk’s Tomahawk, which is named Tomahawk.” I’m pretty sure this is where George Foreman got his child-naming regimen.

I have to admit, I didn’t think it would be possible to combine this particular set of genres, nor did I think you could come up with a fringed Native American get-up that would look more ridiculous than that sported by the Village People. And yet, that’s exactly what DC did, and several decades before it got trendy.

Well played, DC Comics of the early 1970s. Well played indeed.

(Image and character © DC Comics.)

18 Responses to I was Disco Indian when Disco Indian wasn't cool

  1. im perturbed by his lack of musculature. he doesn’t look heroic at all. he looks like a dentist or accountant trying to score some blow and get into club 54.

  2. ……They want you, they want you, they want you as a new recruit….In the navy…….

  3. I didn’t see the image of this on sight, so I checked it out on Google and realized he bought his super hero duds with Nightwing. And he has a skunk stripe in his hair. Wow and I thaught Hypno hustler had too many racial cleques in his costume!

  4. Gabe Puratekuta

    Should anyone tell him he looks like a stripper?

  5. He also seems to be the brother of Aquaman (fins on bell bottoms) and cousin of the Lone Ranger. He looks like he won and lost every “cowboys and indians” fight he was ever in. Sort of like Martin Lawrence gettinv to a stalemate with himself playing “cops and robbers” (think Blue Streak).

  6. Hilarious article.

  7. Nova:
    Hilarious article.

    Thank you, Nova!

  8. Hyborian_Dog

    You’ve got AdChoices trying to sell me party supplies and 70s costumes…

  9. Hyborian_Dog:
    You’ve got AdChoices trying to sell me party supplies and 70s costumes…

    Believe me, that’s WAY preferable to some of the stuff it can throw up there … ::wince::

  10. “And, lo, did Tomahawk beget Hawk, Son of Tomahawk. And Hawk, Son of Tomahawk begat Howard Wolowitz, Son of Hawk, Son of Tomahawk.”

    Look at the picture again and think about it. It makes sense. And it answers the question if who Howard’s dad is.

  11. Huh. Internet Explorer: no picture. Chrome: picture.

    Every other image in every other post is fine in both.

    It’s awesome being computer illiterate, because then every day is filled with mystery.

  12. X-stacy:
    Huh.Internet Explorer: no picture.Chrome: picture.

    Every other image in every other post is fine in both.

    It’s awesome being computer illiterate, because then every day is filled with mystery.

    Something weird is going on, because some of the contest posts also lay out strangely. I have been trying to troubleshoot it but am stumped. There’s some stray tag somewhere that isn’t closed off and it’s making things wonky. I am displeased.

  13. Well, I figured it out — one of the recent plugins was breaking the layout.

  14. Good deal. I mean, good that you figured it out, not good that it was broken. I had just assumed my IE was crapping out because it’s been that kind of day.

  15. spidercow2012

    What you all don’t realize is that you’re making fun of Elvis’s superhero grandpappy.

  16. Spidercow! You nailed it! His native American name is “Fights While Trying To Look Like Elvis!”

  17. I have the marvel encyclopedia at home and I can’t help but laugh and wonder sometimes what they were thinking with some of the characters you can find in there. Everytime I look I see something or someone new. Its cool to see where comics has come from and learn all about characters though.

  18. Since his father Tomahawk wore the basic fringed buckskin frontiersman’s outfit, I can only what family reunions were like. “Son, where the HELL’d yuh get them goofy duds? Is this here, what’d yuh call it, metrosexual?”