I Love Ya But You’re Strange – “I’m Defeated! How Terrible…No, How Wonderful!”: The Odd Debut of Star Sapphire

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I Love Ya But You’re Strange – “I’m Defeated! How Terrible…No, How Wonderful!”: The Odd Debut of Star Sapphire

Every installment of I Love Ya But You’re Strange I spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories. Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at if you have a suggestion for a future installment!

Yesterday’s installment inspired reader Frank W. to write in with another suggestion that I found amusing enough to do it right now, the odd debut of Star Sapphire!

1962’s Green Lantern #16 featured “The Secret Life of Star Sapphire,” by John Broome, Gil Kane and Joe Giella.

The issue opened with a fascinating microcosm of a traditional female lead in a Julie Schwartz edited/John Broome penned title…Carol is piloting a freaking JET by herself for fun…

As you can see, that’s pretty badass. Carol is very badass in a lot of ways. She runs her own company, she flies jets in her spare time. She’s very impressive. At the same time, we have to make sure that it is clear that she can’t possibly be as good of a pilot as Hal Jordan and most of her time in the book is all about her point position in the love triangle between Hal Jordan and Green Lantern.

Carol is then kidnapped from her jet by the people of the planet Zamaron, which translates into English as “the land of lovely women.” For serious. They want her to be their queen, but her love for Green Lantern taints her. So they come up with an elegant solution. If she defeats Green Lantern in battle, then she’ll concede he is unworthy of her. If he defeats HER, then she is unworthy of being the Queen.

So they create some “crimes” for her to commit (oddly enough, they’re very meticulous in making sure she doesn’t actually steal anything, I don’t know why) and control her to make her fight Green Lantern (who is trying to find Carol, so these thefts are quite annoying to him). Their first battle doesn’t go well for Hal, as remember, Hal Jordan’s early days were all about accidental head trauma

Carol successfully argues that that really wasn’t a case of her defeating him, but rather a messed up accident. So they give Green Lantern one more shot. I love this one bit here where Broome cleverly works in some exposition as to how their plan works by having one of the Zamarons ask a “dumb” question…

Ultimately, Hal figures out that Star Sapphire is being powered by an outside force, so he cuts off that radiation, which saves the day (and leads to the great line that made up our headline)…

The Zamarons quickly cut ties with Carol…

All told, an odd issue but a fun one!