Downtown Wichita Falls, Texas, in the mid 1940’s was a bustling metropolis for a boy of 7 just away from the farm and ranch community where he was born. My father, a cook and cowboy by trade, had just started as one of the first cooks for the Casa Manana restaurant in 1947. He moved us to an apartment on Ohio Street, right across from the Gem Theater, between 7th and 8th Streets. It’s here that we would stay for the next three years. The Gem Theater became a magic palace for a young mind. But it had to share that distinction with the rest of the magic that was Wichita Falls. I attended San Jacinto and Carrigan elementary schools, as well as Reagan Junior High, and belonged to the Boys Club on 6th Street. Please join, and share your stories and pictures through a Guest Blog, of early Wichita Falls - or your home town. Contact me at or leave a comment. We could use old pictures of movie houses, drive-in theaters, and other nostalgic pictures related to our youths.

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Blackhawk was a flying squadron of World War II veterans, The International Brotherhood is a private flying investigative force led by Blackhawk (Kirk Alyn). They uncover a gang of underworld henchmen, led by the notorious foreign spy, Laska (Carol Forman), who reports to a mysterious man called The Leader. During the 1952 serial's 15 chapters, Blackhawk and his flying squadron set about bringing these criminals to justice. Kirk Alyn and Carol Forman has previously starred in the 1948 Superman serial.

Blackhawk was first published in comic books, and was very popular in that media, appearing in numerous titles, as well as his own.

In 1982, Warner Paperbacks released a Blackhawk paperback written by William Rotsler, which everyone hoped would be a series like Flash Gordon and The Phantom at that time, but it was destined to be just a single title.

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