Starman #8 (June 1995)

A (K)night At The Circus II

Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Teddy Kristiansen
Inkers: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: John Workman
Editors: Archie Goodwin & Chuck Kim (assistant)
Part of: A (K)night at the Circus
Reprinted in: Starman: Night and Day, The Starman Omnibus, Volume One
Art by Tony Harris, image from the Grand Comics Database

Page One
This story opens following on directly from the previous issue.

Page Four
Panel Five: Busby Berkeley directed nearly two dozen musicals on Broadway in the 1920’s before moving to Hollywood. He choreographed more than forty musical movies.

Page Five
Panel Four: Jackie Gleason was an actor and comedian, best known for starring in “The Honeymooners”. He played Ralph Kramden in 39 episodes from 1951 to 1955, and the series is an acknowledged classic sitcom.

Page Six
Panel One: The Bad Dwarf mentioned here is, as we will later learn, Culp, mentioned here for the second time. He will not actually appear until issue #64.

Page Nine
Panel Two: Wesley Dodds is the original Sandman, who used a gas gun to knock out his foes.

Page Ten
Panel One: Matt O’Dare is a member of the O’Dare family, and like all of them, a cop. In particular, he is the second-oldest, and the only one to be corrupt. The Brian Savage he dreams of here is one of DC’s old Western characters, better known as Scalphunter.

Page Eleven
Panel One: The poster portal was last seen in issue #4.

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Panel Three: The superteam Jack refers to here is the original Doom Patrol, whose sacrifice was made in Doom Patrol #121 (September–October 1968). The bandaged team member mentioned is Larry Trainor, the Negative Man.

Page Thirteen
Panel Five: Johnny Sorrow is mentioned here for the first time – he was created by Robinson and retroactively placed into the Golden Age. He did not actually appear on panel for the first time until December 1999’s Secret Origins of Super-Villains 80-Page Giant #1.

Page Twenty-Two
Panel One: Rather sacrilegously, Bliss here paraphrases the traditional last words of Christ.

Page Twenty-Three
Panel Four: Starsky and Hutch was an American television show, a cop drama from the late seventies. The title characters were a pair of cops, operating somewhat undercover in the fictional “Bay City”, California.

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