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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 121

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 121

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 continue a multi-part look at the various notable recurring features in Strange Adventures over the years – today’s spotlight is on the Dave Wood and Gil Kane run on Star Hawkins!


I already featured the original John Broome and Mike Sekowsky run on Star Hawkins, but after the character disappeared from the pages of Strange Adventures in #162, he was brought back in #173 when the title changed editors.

Now the feature was written by Dave Wood and drawn by Gil Kane, and the pair changed up the Broome/Sekowksy original style by making the stories a bit more “kooky” and, most importantly, making Ilda, Star’s robotic secretary and Gal Friday, more human-like, including a change in appearance to make her APPEAR more human (adding lips and making her body more feminine-looking).

By the by, isn’t that drawing of Star like the most prototypical Gil Kane drawing of a guy?!?

Anyhow, here is her re-design…

As I said, these Wood/Kane stories tended to be a bit more wacky/kooky compared to the older Hawkins stories, which trended toward more typical P.I. stories.

Here’s a Beatles parody…

And so it went…

Here’s a fun one where we get to see Ilda be jealous…

Here’s the final Star Hawkins tale…

and here is the ending and how Star and Ilda were more or less sent off into the sunset…

Man, why doesn’t anyone want to write Star Hawkins and Ilda stories anymore?

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