Flash 53 – Hawkman vs Simple Simon

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Fox and Moldoff introduce Simple Simon in Flash 53 (May 1944).

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We get introduced to Simon as a child, growing up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Simon observes how criminals devise complex schemes, which often wind up causing their downfall.

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Simon decides that the way to succeed at crime is to make it as simple and basic as possible, and indeed he manages to get away with a number of thefts before Hawkman gets on his trail.  And even that only happens because Hawkman sees him at a few crime scenes.

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Hawkgirl is involved in the story, but once again only tangentially.  Simon tries to take down Hawkman by crushing his foot with a blowing ball.  It’s not a bad idea in general, but pretty useless against a hero who can fly.

Simple Simon returns in a few months.

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