Character information
First appearance Tornado #4 (April 1979)
Publication information
Publisher IPC Magazines
Schedule Weekly
Formats Original material for the series has been published as a strip in the comics anthology(s) Tornado and 2000 AD.
Creative team
Writer(s) Tornado
Gerry Finley-Day
2000 AD
Alan Grant/Kelvin Gosnell as "Alvin Gaunt"
Artist(s) Tornado
Alfonso Azpiri
2000 AD
Massimo Belardinelli
Ramon Sola
Joe Staton
Greg Guler
Collected editions
Blackhawk ISBN 1-907992-59-6

Blackhawk was a Tornado comic strip created by Gerry Finley-Day that was one of three strips to transfer to 2000 AD after the two merged.

Plot synposis

At the time of the Roman Empire a Nubian slave rises up against his captors and leads a rebellion. However his bravery is recognised by a Roman General and he is commissioned as a Roman Centurion. Blackhawk took his name from a Hawk that he adopted and assembled a crack platoon from hardened prisoners and other slaves. As with other Finley-Day war stories the basic plot was borrowed from The Dirty Dozen with Blackhawk's squad being singled out for the hardest missions.

In 2000 AD he is taken from his Roman captors by an alien species only to be entered into their own intergalactic gladiatorial events against other alien species. Blackhawk adopts a Wookiee type alien as a sidekick (ironically the Hawk that gave him his name was left behind on earth). Blackhawk manages to escape but ends up stranded on a planet orbiting a black hole. Here a creature called "The SoulSucker" removes Blackhawks soul and he pursues the SoulSucker relentlessly, eventually regaining it shortly before the end of the series run.

Eventually, Tharg the Mighty's race were written in, and the whole cast were sucked into a black hole. They are later seen in Tharg's desk drawer, where Blackhawk complains how long they have been waiting as Ace Garp is selected for a revival.[1]

In the 2000 AD Yearbook 1994 it was acknowledged by the editor that this was a poor series, with the writer Alan Grant writing himself into a corner.


  • Blackhawk
  • Ursa
  • Batak
  • Zog


Collected editions

All the stories are collected in one trade paperback:


  1. "Whatever Happened to... Ace Garp?" in 2000 AD #451, January 1986


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