Monday, April 15, 2024

Hawkman & Hawkgirl Vs. Magneto


I have wondered whether Magneto's mutant ability to control metal extends to Nth Metal, the mysterious gravity-defying metal that allows our Hawk heroes to fly.  An issue of STF seems like the perfect place to explore such a question.


Anonymous said...

Judging by the look of their wings and Shiera's raven-black hair, I would say that the artwork for this particular Hawk-couple is from the Golden Age.

Even so, you do pose an interesting question. Does Nth metal contain enough ferrous matter that Magneto might be able to affect it? That certainly must be the case with adamantium as Magneto was canonically depicted as being able to extract it from Wolverine's own skeleton!

Which makes me wonder if that might be the real reason Wolverine and the Atom teamed up, yesterday. They're trying to capture a xenomorph as a means of diverting Magneto's attenion while they rescue the Hawks!

Carycomic said...

Sorry to get off-topic, but I've been curious as to whether or not it had ever been officially settled. Are the Scarlet Witch and Lorna "Polaris" Dane half-sisters?

Detective Tobor said...

Can Magneto analyze metals by "feel" alone? Would he be able to 'learn' about metals from space by his powers? There are so many questions about his abilities that are still there.
The Hawks of the past are very different people from the couple from space.

Bob Greenwade said...

Now you have me wondering how Nth Metal would fit into the likes of adamantium, vibranium, uru metal, and such.

And here's a factoid: DC and Marvel each has a fictional material called promethium, which is also the name of a real element. I think something could be done with this.

Futabakun said...

Nth metal is known to be able to affect the four fundamental forces: the weak molecular force, the strong force, gravity, and of course magnetism. The question may not be 'can magnetism affect Nth metal', but 'can Nth metal disrupt magnetism?' Magneto may be in for a major upset!

Carycomic said...

@Bob Greenwade: I thought DC's promethium was their answer to adamantium. Whereas Marvel's promethium was merely some kind of super-placebo.

Bob Buethe said...

When Marv Wolfman introduced promethium in New Teen Titans #9, it wasn't billed as an indestructible metal like adamantium. It was supposed to be a source of renewable energy. Has that changed over the years?

Also, Nth metal was originally called Ninth metal. That made sense. In ancient times only eight natural metals were known: gold, silver, iron, copper, tin, lead, mercury, and orichalcum (which Plato wrote about, supposedly lost when Atlantis sank). Gardner Fox knew the classics, and "Ninth metal" made sense when writing about a hero whose roots were in ancient times.

Anonymous said...

@Carycomic: in yet another example of incessant ret-conning, Wanda Maximoff was merely _assumed_ to be Magneto's daughter by the gypsy woman Magda. The latter has now been rewritten as having fatally miscarried during birth. Wanda and Pietro's birth-parents really were part of the Maximoff family. With their foster father, Django, actually being their paternal uncle!

Add Bob and Madeline Franks into that mix, and poor Bova of Wundagore was really busy, that night.

As for Lorna Dane? Yes, Magneto is her bio-father. She was merely adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Dane.

Carycomic said...

Thanks, Anon.

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