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DC Comics History: Starman (1964 - 1967: The New Look)


By Deejay Dayton
November 16, 2019 - 10:26

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Starman had returned as a member of the Justice Society of America, appearing in team ups with the Justice League, but managed to get stories by Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson in two issues of Brave and the Bold during the period 1964 – 1967: the New Look. In these he was paired with Black Canary. And even though the first of those tales brought back Starman’s old enemy, the Mist, I will be looking at that one when I discuss Black Canary, and devote this entry to the other tale, which provides a bit more development of Ted Knight.

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The Starman and Black Canary team-up in Brave and the Bold 62 brings back Wildcat, his first appearance since the end of his run in Sensation Comics in the 40s, and two Golden Age villains, Sportsmaster and the Huntress. Dinah Lance and Ted Knight each encounter one of the villains while in their normal lives.  Dinah is out for dinner (with a man who is not her husband), when the Sportsmaster robs the place. Ted is examining models of great observatories that he had constructed on the, clearly extensive, grounds of his estate. Ok, so that’s not a lot of character development, but it’s all that really gets established when it comes to Ted Knight.

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The Huntress had used one of the models as a trap for Wildcat, and Starman simply stumbles in to the situation.  Sportsmaster shows up, with Black Canary following, and we learn that the two villains had gotten married at some point in the intervening years.  The felonious pair manage to get away from the heroes, with Wildcat as their prisoner. Starman and Black Canary track the pair, and find their lair.  Wildcat gets to show off his stuff against some of the Huntress caged animals, but sits out the big finale. The Sportsmaster and Huntress are robbing a charity gold tournament, travelling on a flying putting green.  It's a solid, action packed finale for this adventure, and of course the good guys capture the bad ones.  
The next Starman series would be a one shot in the 70s, but it would not be Ted Knight using the identity.

Starman: Brave and the Bold 61 – 62 (Aug/Sept – Oct/Nov 65)

Next up – Blackhawk!

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