Starman #3 (January 1995)

Night F(l)ight

Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Tony Harris
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: John E. Workman Jr.
Editors: Archie Goodwin, Jim Spivey
Part of: Sins of the Father storyline
Reprinted in: Starman: Sins of the Father, The Starman Omnibus, Volume One
Art by Tony Harris, image from the Grand Comics Database

Page One
Panel One – The box behind the gravity rod reads Sea Monkeys, which were a kind of pet that were sold mostly in comics. They look nothing like the smiling cartoon seen here.
Panel Two – In the upper left, Karloff’s face can be seen again, although I cannot identify the film
Panel Three – Matt, Hope and Mason O’Dare.
Panel Five – I feel that I shold be able to identify this poster, but I can’t. Anyone?

Page Two
Panel One – Note the various scientific items scattered around the room – David was definitely his father’s son. The “O.U.” banner presumably stands for “Opal University”.

Page Three
Panel Three – Bruce Lee is perhaps the best known martial artist in the history of the world, whose films were among the primary causes of the Seventies martial arts fad in the Western world.
Panel Seven – The New York World’s Fair ran from 1939 to 1940. The Trylon and Perisphere visible in this poster later served as the headquarters of the All-Star Squadron, of which Ted Knight, as Starman I, was a member. Jack is more his father’s son than he’d like to admit.

Page Five
Panel Three – “Rock The Boat” by the Hues Corporation was the number one single in American on July 6, 1974. It was the first disco single to reach #1. The lead vocal was actually sung by Fleming Williams. Nat King Cole was a jazz and big band singer, remembered today as one of the best “crooners” in history.
Panel Four – The OJays were a soul and r&b group probably best known for their 1973 hit “Love Train”.

Page Nine
Panel Five – Chris Isaak is an American rock singer perhaps best known for “Wicked Game” and “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing”.

Page Eleven
Panel Seven – Len Deighton, as the Shade says, wrote spy novels, of which “The IPCRESS File” is probably the best known.

Page Thirteen
Panel Two – David is wearing a shirt with the Superman logo on it – he really has always wanted to be a superhero.

Page Fifteen
Panel One – Tower of Power is an American R&B, soul and funk based horn section and band.
Panel Three – Roy Rogers is the world’s most famous singing cowboy.

Page Eighteen
Panel Two – Indeed. See what she becomes.

Page Nineteen
Panel Six – R. Buckminster Fuller was an engineer, inventor, writer and futurist, and one of the most original minds of the Twentieth Century. The one invention of his that everyone knows is the geodesic dome, but he invented many more things besides that – he was awarded 28 patents in his lifetime. “I Seem To Be A Verb” is a book of his from 1970.

Page Twenty
Panel One – A circus, just a Charity foretold last issue.

Page Twenty-One
Mikaal Tomas, the blue-skinned alien Starman (Starman III, for those keeping count). He first appeared in 1st Issue Special #12 (March 1976).

Page Twenty-Two
Panel Three – A statue of Prince Gavyn, also an alien Starman (Starman IV). He first appeared in Adventure Comics #467 (January 1980), and died in Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 (January 1986).

Page Twenty-Three
Will Payton, Starman V, who first appeared in Starman #1 (October 1988 – this was the previous Starman series, which for 45 issues. The “Man with the Moon is his face” is Eclipso, and Payton was previously believed to have died fighting him in Eclipso: The Darkness Within #2 (October 1992).

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