Starman #5 (March 1995)

Talking With David, ’95

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: Talking with David
Reprinted in: Starman: Sins of the Father, The Starman Omnibus, Volume One
Art by Tony Harris, image from the Grand Comics Database

Page One
Although there was an obscure DC character named Jason Davis, I doubt that even James Robinson’s love of DC’s forgotten stories would extend this far. Even if it did, the dates don’t work with that story, alas. If you’re curious about it, check out Jason’s Quest on this page.

Pages Four and Five
David Knight, still dead, but also still very much a part of this series – the hows and whys will have to wait for now, but they will be coming, eventually.
Narcissa Powers and Daniel Griffin are a real married couple whose actual grave is located in the Rose Hill Cemetery, in Macon, Georgia – where Tony Harris is from.

Page Nineteen
Panel Two – Burnley Ellsworth is the founder of Opal City, which is probably why his mausoleum is so very large.
Jerry Lewis is an American comedy actor who is not well regarded in his home country. at least not today. He is, however, popular in France – another example of Opal City’s French influence.
Jujitsu is a Japanese martial art of primarily un-armed combat. It is the original form from which several other martial arts, notably judo, are derived.

Page Twenty
Panel Two – Jack’s painting is another subject that will be returned to. Someday.

Page Twenty-One
Panel Two – Times Past are going to be important words for this series. Just you wait and see.

Page Twenty-One
The insciption visible on the grave Jack walks past, reads in full:
“All ye on me
cast an eye,
As you are now,
So once was I,
As I am now
so you shall be,
Prepare for death
and follow me?”
Although it bears a resemblance to certain traditional quotations, this particular rendition appears to be original. It has an obvious thematic resonance to the issue, and foreshadows a death or two. But not Jack’s, in case you were wondering.

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