A Year of Cool Comics - Day 112

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at "Talking With David, '95" from Starman #5, by James Robinson, Tony Harris and Wade Von Grawbadger...


One of the most interesting aspects of Starman was the special one-off issues that would be sprinkled throughout the series.

We've already seen one of the "Tales of Times Past" issues (which are stories of the past taken from the journal of the immortal Shade), and now we'll take a look at another one of the other regular one-off stories, "Talking With David."

David Knight was the older brother of Jack Knight. He was the first to take over for his father, Ted Knight, as Starman. He was killed in the opening pages of Starman #0, which led to Jack becoming the reluctant replacement as Starman.

Starting with Starman #5, Robinson introduced a yearly bit called "Talking With David" where Jack and David would meet up (click on the double-page spread to enlarge)...

Naturally, in this first meeting, it is kind of weird for Jack - and he does not take it particularly well...

But eventually, they realize it is silly to fight (look at the work that Harris does on their expressions here)...

And then it settles into actually "talking" with David...

This is such a novel idea and it's impressive how well Robinson kept it up throughout pretty much the rest of the series (there would be exceptions, of course).

Harris and Von Grawbadger really outdid themselves on all the facial expressions they did here - it helped the story immensely.

Great stuff.

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