However, Tomahawk, educational as he might have been, was not “down” with the kids of the 50s. Enter Hawk, Tomahawk’s rather unimaginatively named son. Now, maybe you are looking at Hawk and thinking “why does he look like Elvis?” But this is merely a coincidence. Hawk is the result of painstaking historical research, which conclusively demonstrated that in the late 18th and early 19th century, men wore ducktail haircuts, slit-navel jumpsuits and neckerchiefs.
Hawk was excellent at all things. He was friend to white man and Indian alike! ... He could shoot the wings off a fly, track just about anybody, see further than a hawk, hear better than a wolf, outwrestle a bear, outrun a puma… no, wait, sorry, those last four were Bravestarr.
Tomahawk was the patriarch of his big happy family. It included his Indian wife and in-laws and his part-Indian sons. The clichéd names pretty much told you everything you needed to know. Moon Fawn was an earth mother, the in-laws were old and wise, and Small Eagle was young but plucky. (One wonders if they would've changed his name to Medium Eagle and Large Eagle as he grew older.) The other Indians spoke normally but Small Eagle talked like Tonto: "My grandfather, the chief, promise Small Eagle pine tree!"
The Indians were generic Plains Indians. On the downside, they said generic things like, "We are thankful for the good earth--mother of us all!" They showed no sign of having a culture other than generic nature worship. They didn't even use any Indian words.
On the upside, there were no chiefs in warbonnets, sexy princesses, or half-naked warriors in evidence. The Indians sensibly used rifles, not bows and arrows. There were terribly bad Indians as well as wonderfully good Indians.
Read the lead story in SON OF TOMAHAWK #138 here:
Holiday Tales: "A Different Kind of Christmas Story"
I think it's supposed to be one of the best SON OF TOMAHAWK stories. Joe Kubert's cover is great, Frank Thorne's artwork is nice, and the message is good, but the story is uninspiring. If you're like me, it won't motivate you to go out and buy all the SON OF TOMAHAWK comics.
For more on the subject, see Comic Books Featuring Indians.