Friday, November 1, 2013

Making a Splash: Ditko and Tanghal's Starman

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Near the end of the Groovy Age (October 1979, to be precise), DC turned Paul Levitz, Steve Ditko, and Romeo Tanghal loose on a brand-new Starman series. This Starman really was a man from the stars, a prince-in-hiding, kind of a science-fantasy riff a' la Star Wars. The strip lasted from Adventure Comics #467 through 478, and Teen Groove definitely dug it. It was the first time I'd ever experienced a Sturdy Steve series inked by another artist in the now (I'd seen a very few back issues of Captain Atom at that time), and I thought Romeo did a fab-a-mundo job on giving Ditko a stunning seventies sheen. Later, Mr. Tanghal would become a sensation inking George Perez on New Teen Titans, but those few of us Starman fans knew him when...


  1. Wonderful - thanks for posting this. It was in fact this series - together with the Marvel pocketbooks reprinting the first roughly 20 issues of Spider-man that came out at about the same time - that really made me appreciate Ditko's art. And the stories themselves were quite enjoyable - just good old spare-faring super-hero fun.
    I really, really, really wish DC would reprint this, preferably together with Starlin's conclusion in DC Comics Presents.

  2. Oh man, I love the comic space opera stuff! I didn't know much about this Starman until they tied him and Will Payton together during the James Robinson run with the Jack Knight Starman. Great stuff.

  3. I really loved this series, although I had no idea who Ditko was at the time. I hadn't been too crazy about his work over in Legion of Super-Heroes, but had enjoyed his mystery/sci-fi stuff for DC at the time. I second having this series reprinted.



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