The Day Before The Day To Come
Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Tony Harris
Inkers: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Editors: Archie Goodwin & Chuck Kim (assistant)
Part of: stand alone
Reprinted in: Starman: Night and Day, The Starman Omnibus, Volume One
Not much to say here, other than yet another subtle pirate motif – the skull and crossbones design of Jack’s boxers.
Panel Five: Nash escaped in the previous issue.
Panel Two: Oscar Wilde was seen in issue 6…
Panel Three: …which is presumanly when he told the Shade this story.
Panel Five: Actually, the title of that work is “The Picture of Dorian Gray”. Pay attention, there will be a test.
Panel Three: Meritt, obviously, is the bald man we have seen with the poster in previous issues.
Panel Two: The patrolman was abducted in the previous issue.
Panel Four: That “one other” will become more relevant in time.
Panel One: Ted Knight and Mikaal Tomas, Starmen of the 40s and 70s respectively.
Panel Four: Teddy Pendergrass was an American singer and songwriter, who acheived fame in the Seventies, first as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and later in a solo career. His best known song is probably 1978’s “Close The Door”.
Panel One: A Will’O The Wisp is a sort of urban legend. It’s a floating light that lures travelers to their doom – and it’s usually seen in the mist.
Panel One: Charity the fortune teller returns.
Panels Two and Three: two different takes on Jack and Charity’s first meeting, back in issue 2.
Panel One: Introducing Sadie Falk, although it turns out that this isn’t the first time we’ve met her…
Panel Four: …as Sadie is quick to point out.
Panel One: We’ll see Sadie again, and it will turn out that there’s method to her meanness. Also, “Hellzapoppin” is the name of a 1938 musical, adapted for the screen in 1941, and pretty forgettable other than its title and some excellent dance sequences featuring some of the best Lindy Hopping to ever be caught on film.
Panel Eight: Jennie Lynn-Hayden, better known as Jade, is a supermodel and superheroine. She is indeed the daughter of Alan Scott, the Golden Age Green Lantern, and possesses powers similar to his. Which is weird, because hers are innate and his come from a magic ring.
Panel Two: Melrose Place was one of the more infamous soap operas of the Ninties. And yes, Jade does have green skin.
Panel Three: Solomon Grundy is indeed a white-skinned zombie swamp guy – he’s a weird plantlike creature born from a dying man in a swamp somehow, and generally none too bright. He and Jade have been friends for years, although his intelligence makes him more like a pet to her.
Panel Five: Jade was a member of the Blood Pack, a team mostly composed of characters empowered in the Bloodlines storyline. She is also one of the few surviving members of that team.
Introducing Solomon Grundy. Big, strong, dumb and apparently lacking a sense of smell.
Panel One: Twister is an unusual game in which players attempt to place hands or feet on circles of a particular colour on a large plastic mat. Hilarity (and occasionally, an injury) ensues when, inevitably, someone overbalances.
It’s nice that Nash is so happy, but probably not good news for Jack.
Pages Twenty and Twenty-One
We’ve already met everyone here, with one exception: the last of the characters here is supervillain Doctor Phosphorous, a man who was transformed into living phosphorous, and thus burns – HOT! – constantly.
She’s not lying. She is going to kiss Jack. She may be omitting certain details, though.