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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?


I demand a Showcase for Star Hawkins. The world will be a sadder place without one.

I also volunteer my services for a new Star Hawkins mini-series. The world needs these two again.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

May 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Star did get a “Whatever Happened To…” backup in DC Comics Presents #33, where we saw Ilda marry obscur 1940s robot character Automan. Playing on Star’s future time, it was entitled”Whatever Will Happen to Star Hawkins.”

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

May 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Also, Jim Starlin pointlessly and gruesomely killed Star off in the Hardcore Station series, according to Wikipedia.

Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

May 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Hokey smokes! Automan was a 1960s character, not a 1940s character. I’d confused him with the original (not exactly robotic) Robotman, whose own “Whatever Happened To…? story gave him back a human body.

I don’t know what a Hardcore Station is, but I’m going to go ahead and ignore that one. Star Hawkins has a great premise, like Moonlighting meets, I dunno, Heartbeeps. That is a perfect amount of silliness.

I never thought that I would say this, but I prefer Sekowsky’s original( which subtly suggests femininity) to Gil Kane’s sexed-up femmebot version.

After reading these, Brian, I kinda want to write a Star story!

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