[EDIT: The sketch associated with this post has moved to the "extras" section, here.]
Chapter 3 begins this Friday with a full-color chapter cover, and the comic proper will begin the following Wednesday.
In the meantime, I thought I’d distract you with my depictions of some pulp heroes who inspired Kitty Hawk, seen here in their civilian attire. If you’re not familiar with these characters, I’ll tell you a little about them. If you are familiar with them … well, that’s why there’s Kitty Hawk.
Clark Savage, Jr – “Doc Savage“, aka “the Man of Bronze”. Raised from birth to become the pinnacle of humanity, he uses his brilliant scientific mind and incredible physique to fight injustice and solve mysteries. He is aided in this quest by a team of people almost as remarkable as himself. (I’ll likely feature these folks in a forthcoming Pulp Hero Sketch Spotlight if this becomes a regular thing.) Like Kitty Hawk, he has no alternate identity when he goes adventuring. He occasionally disguises himself for brief periods, but a 6′8″ Eskimo is hardly inconspicuous.
Ellen Patrick – “the Domino Lady“. A pulp hero with a shorter resume, she is nevertheless remarkable for being one of the very few recurring female pulp heroes, though admittedly not a very progressive one. The daughter of a murdered DA, she disguises herself in a domino mask and a revealing evening dress in order to deliver a peculiar kind of justice to wrongdoers. This mostly involves seducing, drugging, or robbing her intended targets. She’s more an inspiration for Kitty Hawk in that she’s what I wanted to avoid, though there’s certainly room for a character like her in this world (not to mention the world of Kitty Hawk…).
Lamont Cranston – “the Shadow“. I’m sure you’ve all heard of this guy. With his cloak, scarf, and slouch hat, he cuts an awfully iconic figure without the need for a “costume.” You might actually see someone in his era wearing any of these items, though probably not all at once.
Richard Henry Benson – “the Avenger“. Physically and emotionally scarred by a shocking crime, his face became paralyzed and his eyes and hair took on a silver hue. Benson soon discovered he could ply the muscles in his face to take on the appearance of other people, a technique he used to avenge himself and others. Um … okay, there’s no real connection to Kitty Hawk here. I just wanted to draw him.