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Dave Cockrum Gallery: Unpublished Portrait

This drawing was done by Dave for an individual fan in thanks for assistance with research on another series. I believe this is the first time it has been made available in any form to Blackhawk fandom. I like it a lot. It is a great pose for Blackhawk and, as a modeler, I appreciate the near perfect depiction of the Blackhawks' Skyrockets. This is probably the best drawing of the XF5F-1 in Blackhawk livery I've seen. I don't know if it was his intent, but I think Dave has done an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the best of the early covers. Look at Modern #60 or Blackhawk #14, for a comparison (though Dave got the Skyrocket's three-bladed prop and landing gear door correct, which the artist of Modern #60 did not).

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