Thwip!’s Retro Tuesday – Starman

Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about Starman.

One of the best comics series to ever have been launched in recent history (though to be fair it’s more than twenty years old, but it still holds up, believe me).

Running from 1994 (spinning off of the Zero Hour event) until 2001, Starman was all about legacy. Starting from the original Starman, Ted Knight,  the series follows his successor, his son Jack, and how all the other Starman(s) are inter-linked.

The masterful way that Robinson puts together all the versions of Starman, from the most obscure Starman of 1951 to the future Starman of the year 1,000,000. What made this series so unusual and eye-catching was not only the artwork of Tony Harris (who helped to establish the initial retro-modern look of Opal City and his successors (Peter Snejbjerg, et. al.), but also the fact that the series was not only about Starman but about the other elements that made up his superhero universe (namely his longtime “nemesis” The Shade and Opal City itself).

This is a series that only works in the DC universe with its strong history of generational super-heroes and shows how different it is from the Marvel universe.

Now excuse me while I go hug my dad.


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