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Martian Manhunter & J. Hex New!

Superman and The Flash New!

Justice League of America

Jonah Hex

Green Lantern


Green Arrow and The Flash


The Flash


Gotham City Police Dept.

Johnny Thunder and Shazam!

Batman, Green Lantern,
and The Flash


Metal Men

Pete Ross and Lana Lang

Superman & J'onn J'onzz

Charles M. Jones

Batman and Robin

The Flash and Zatanna

Jor-El and Lara

DC Prez Jenette Kahn


Clark Kent and Lois Lane

The Haunted Tank

Superman and Lois Lane

The Unknown Soldier

The Vigilante

The Private Life of Clark Kent

Green Arrow and Black Canary

Sgt. Rock and Easy Company

Witching Hour

Green Arrow, The Human Target,
and Superman

Super Friends

Lois & Clark

Green Arrow & Black Canary

Superman & Jimmy Olsen


Batman & Shazam!

Justice Society of America

Phantom Stranger and
Phantom Girl

Batman and Robin

Black Lightning

Private Life of Clark Kent

Green Arrow and The Warlord

Eclipso / Mr. Mxyzptlk

The Flash & Adam Strange


Lightning Lad & Chameleon Boy

Justice League of America

Wonder Woman

Zatanna and Professor Zoom

Firestorm, the Nuclear Man

Swamp Thing

Gotham City Police Dept.

Bizarro World

The Atom

The Flash and The Mirror Master


The Batman and the Joker

Lex Luthor and Brainiac

The Flash

Enemy Ace

Green Arrow & Black Canary

Hawkman & the Flash

The Phantom Stranger

Legion of Super-Heroes

Green Lantern


Batman and Red Tornado

Green Lantern and the Flash

The Creeper

Robin, the Boy Wonder

Justice League of America

Legion of Super-Heroes

Elongated Man and Plastic Man

Superman Family

The Flash and the Spectre

Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen


Hawkman & Hawkgirl


Wildcat & Dr. Fate

Batman & Robin


Plastic Man

Bob 'Answer Man' Rozakis

Batman & the Flash

Green Arrow & Green Lantern

The Atom

Batman & Robin

Coming soon

Jimmy Olsen & Lois Lane

Steve Trevor


Steve Savage

The Flash

Johnny Thunder

Sgt. Rock & Easy Company


Johnny Cloud

Green Lantern

Lois, Clark & Jimmy

Plastic Man

Perry White & Jimmy Olsen

Martian Manhunter

Madame Xanadu

Bruce Wayne


Swamp Thing

Fred Hembeck

Uploaded January 23, 1999

"Comics...the final frontier. These are the stories of the character(s) 'Starman'. Their sixty-year legacy: to explore strange new plotlines. To seek out new readers, and new levels of circulation. To boldly go where...."

Sorry about that - good thing I can always count on a split infinitive to snap my train of thought back in line.

I know what you're all thinking (yeah, me too) - Fred must have been awfully precognitive to come up with this one, since it foreshadowed James Robinson's 'Starman' run by almost twenty years. No, not the parenthood angle, although who can tell with the new Hypertime monkey wrench thrown into the mix. I'm talking about the idea of integrating all characters who have used the 'Starman' name into a single narrative, kind of like what Neil Gaiman did with 'Sandman'.

I wonder if Fred can ask for royalties for this.

From left to right, then: the original Starman debuted in 1941 wielding a 'gravity rod' that harnessed the powers of the stars to let him do pretty much anything he wanted; the one-shot wonder Starman appeared in DC's 'First Issue Special' series as an invading alien soldier deserting his homeworld in order to defend the Earth against his own people; the Steve Ditko (yay!) Starman was an alien sentenced to death by his sister, who coveted the throne they were both in line for; and finally, Star Boy, from the 30th century Legion of Super-Heroes, who could make things really heavy, man.

I'm still waiting for Robinson to integrate the Jeff Bridges movie from a few years back.

- NP

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