Starman #9 (July 1995)


Writer: James Robinson
Penciller: Teddy Kristiansen
Inkers: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: John Workman
Editors: Archie Goodwin & Chuck Kim (assistant)
Part of: stand alone
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 Three
Panel One: Crusher will wil return, but not for some time.
Panel Five: Note the Skull and Crossbones flag, another little piece of foreshadowing.

Page Four
Note the design on Jack’s t-shirt, and the similar image in the painting on the right hand side of the page. This will be explained come page 8.

Page Five
Panel Three: Again, the hood worn by this criminal is similar in design to the two on the previous page mentioned above.

Page Seven
Panel One: The image over Ted’s shoulder bears the logo of the Justice Society of America, and depicts the original Flash (Jay Garrick), the original Mr Terrific (Terry Sloane) and Ted himself, in his Starman costume.
Panel Two: It is unclear what the books over Ted’s shoulder are – I am unaware of the significance of the title (or possibly name) Nowlin, but the other three read Classics and Knowledge, Starlight and Davy. The last one is most likely a photo album devoted to David Knight.

Page Eight
Panel One: Ted will explain his dislike on the following page.

Page Nine
Panel Three: Raggedy Ann is a living ragdoll who was the star of a long series of children’s books, and later toys, comics and cartoons. The Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz is an animate scarecrow who is one of Dorothy’s cheif allies.
Panel Four: Charles Manson is a notorious serial killer, whose acolytes were responsible for the Sharon Tate murder in 1969. Ragdoll was originally a golden age supervillain who fought the Flash. His first appearance was in Flash Comics # 36
(December 1942). Ted’s tale here takes the character into a darker direction than had previous been the case.
Panel Five: The full story of the Ragdoll’s crime spree will be told in issue #13 of this series…

Page Ten
Panels One to Six: …but it is summarised here.

Page Eleven
Panel One: This is a fairly shocking revelation for a golden age hero.
Panel Two: Ted’s mention here of his work on the atomic bomb alludes to another comic by James Robinson, “The Golden Age”. Although officially not a part of DC continuity, over the course of Starman’s run, it is often referred to as if it is. (It will be annotated here in due course.)

Page Thirteen
Panel Two: Another mysterious poster abduction.
Panel Three: Lord of the Flies is a traditional appellation of the demon Beelzebub.

Page Fourteen
Panel One: The bald man seen here carrying off the poster is Merritt (appearing here for the first time). His origin will be revealed in issue #24

Page Fifteen
Panel Four: The Shade and Merrit have a history, and yes, more of that in issue #24.

Page Seventeen
Panel One: Matt O’Dare, as previously mentioned, a bad cop.
Panel Two: The DC western hero Scalphunter, who has a mysterious connection to Matt.

Page Eighteen
Panel Four: But that mystery is slowly coming to a head.

Page Twenty-Two
Sam Shepherd is most likely Sam Shepard, an American actor and director probably best known for playing Chuck Yeager in “The Right Stuff”.
“Vera Cruz” is a 1954 western starrring Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster.
“Bad Day At Black Rock” is a 1955 western starring Spencer Tracy and Ernest Borgnine.
“The Ed Sullivan Show” was a long-running American variety show that ran for 24 seasons from 1948 t0 1971. The Elvis tag presumably refers to Elvis Presley, who appeared on the show on September 9, 1956.
“Sculpture by Armando *omodoro” is most likely a book about Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
“Anatomy of a Murder” is a 1959 courtroom drama, directed by Otto Preminger which received seven Oscar nominations, but won none of them.

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