Starman #12 (October 1995)

Jack’s Day (the first half)



Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Tony Harris
Inkers: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Bill Oakley
Editors: Archie Goodwin & Chuck Kim (assistant)
Part of: Sins of the Child
Reprinted in: Starman: Night and Day, The Starman Omnibus, Volume One
Art by Tony Harris, image from the Grand Comics Database

Page One
Late spring in the Opal, and Jack and Ted leaving the courthouse to Jack’s considerable relief. Note the radiation shelter sign on the courthouse, doubling as an indicator that Opal City exists in own time, and also a small piece of foreshadowing for the next issue.

Page Two
Panel Two: And now we learn why Jack was in court: for his killing of the Mist’s son back in issue #3. Based on the conversation, it seems likely that Jack was exonerated on grounds of self-defence.
Panel Five: The death of the Ragdoll was seen in the previous issue.

Page Four
Solomon Grundy (chalk white) and Mikaal Tomas (sky blue), outside of Ted’s observatory.

Page Six
Panel One: Cardiff Mayhew is not a name that we’ve heard before, but we will learn more of him in issue #18…
Panel Four: …for now, he’s just an old, dead man that Nash killed looking for something she thought he had. (We’ll learn what she sought in issue #16, the conclusion of Sins of the Child.)

Page Seven
Panel Five: Eero Saarinen was a Finnish-American architect and designer. His prime creative years were from the Thirties to the Fifties, hence Jack’s interest…
Panel Six: …and Ted’s meeting with him – they would have both been celebrities at the time.

Page Eight
Panel Three: Saarinen’s Womb Chairs (and the matching ottoman and settee) date from 1948.
Panel Four” Norman Rockwell is one of the most famous American artists of the twentieth centuries, and his work is strongly associated with the Fifties and the (allegedly) more innocent time that they were. He did many covers for the Saturday Evening Post, as Ted notes in the next panel.

Page Nine
Panel Two: The Edsel was one of the greatest marketing errors of the twentieth century – the Ford Motor Co’s own equivalent of New Coke. As such, it is now a rare and collectible car, since so few of them survive. The Cels Jack refers to are animation cels, presumably from one or another of Disney’s cartoons.

Page Ten
Panel Six: Bill Delany’s tale will also be told in issue #18. Note also the implication of another murder by Nash that we have not seen.

Page Eleven
Panel One: Freak Town was last seen in issues #5-7.
Panel Four: The birth of Jack’s daughter has never been shown, but David’s gift from beyond the grave will be seen in issue #19, and the sunrise most likely fits into Jack’s trip into space somewhere around issue #47.

Page Twelve
Julie Newmar is an actress best known (in our reality) for playing Catwoman on the Batman tv show. (She presumably did not have this role in the DC Universe.) “McKenna’s Gold” is a 1969 western in which she played in Amerindian – and did not use a body double for her nude scene (in fact, she even did a Playboy spread at around the same time).
Hoagy Carmichel was one of the greatest songwriters, piano players and singers of the late Jazz era. He was a major influence on Ray Charles, who covered pretty much all of Carmichel’s songs.

Page Thirteen
Panel Four: Nash finally shows herself. Um, I mean, makes an appearance.
Panel Five: Yup. Jack is naked in a bed large enough for two. We’ll get back to that.

Page Eighteen
Panel One: “Little Nemo in Slumberland” was a comic strip by Winsor MCkay that ran from 1905 to 1914. It concerned the adventures of a child in the realm of dreams, and featured art that was inventive and innovative even by today’s standards. You should totally check it out.

Page Twenty
Panel Five: Nash has apparently murdered six people (four more than we’ve seen her kill so far).

Page Twenty-One
Panel One: The Chandler Building explosion will be elaborated upon in issue #15.
Panel Three: And the identity of the flaming hand and the truth of it claims in the next issue.

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