Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Starman Observatory Episode One- The Amazing Starman

It's here, the first episode of The Starman Observatory, the podcast that looks at the golden age adventures of Starman.

Hosts Jon M Wilson, Charlie Niemeyer, and J David Weter crack out their gravity rods, and head off for high adventure.

From mountain fortresses, to flying ships, all the way to hidden savage lands, Ted Knight forges a path of adventure, perfectly suited for Adventure Comics.

This time around- Adventure Comics issues 61-63.


  1. Hi Guys! This was the greatest of the best for the start of a beginning of a podcast I have heard and listened to. (I think I got all of my redundancies in there) I've only gotten through the first five minutes of the first show, so I'll comment more later. Just wanted to get that first bit in before I forgot. But it's great so far...Keep up the good work! Russell Bragg (Clarksburg, WV)

  2. Hi Guys! Finished the outstanding first episode. I counted 63 innuendos. What do I win? Anyway, it is funny how the Golden Age hardly ever wrote an origin story. I guess they didn't think the reader would care about such a thing. I know hardly anything about Starman other than his look and true identity. I guess when his Superhero days were over he became an actor and was internationally recognized as Newsman Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I am very intrigued so far and will be listening for as long as you guys continue the podcast. Keep up the great work! Russell Bragg (Clarksburg, WV)

  3. I'm back! I finished the first episode while working in my Comic Cave. Great episode. I too wonder why the writers didn't write more origin stories for their super-heroes. I guess they didn't think the readers of the day would care like we do today. If you're interested, in an article of the Comic Buyer's Guide magazine (I wish I could remember the date of it) I came acrossed an article talking about when the Golden Age ended and the Silver Age started. I had never seen this before, so it stuck with me. With the debut of Superboy in 1945, that could be the start of the Silver Age since the Golden Age Superman didn't appear as Superboy. Personally I still go with 1956 when Barry Allen appeared as the Flash, but it's a good point. What do you guys think? Back to Starman...I am enjoying learning more about the character. I knew practically nothing going in. I knew his costume and his alias of Ted Knight. Plus, after his super-hero days, he decided to become an actor who went on to become internationally known as newsman Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. After that levity, I'll close for now. Keep up the great work. Russell Bragg (Clarksburg, WV)

  4. I'm late to the party, but hi, top debut. I'm currently bidding on an Archives so I can read along.

    As regards Doris in the third published story mentioning a 'personage' known as Starman, as if they'd not met in the second published story, do you reckon the third was meant to be released second? That would tie in with your observation (ah, 'Starman Observatory' - it works on two levels!)) that the cover for #62 would have worked on #63. Maybe Jack Burnley came up with two great cover designs for the latter issue - covers being generally worked up before the stories - and they decided to use the least specific for #62.

    Or maybe not!

    Doris sounds a bit of a slapper, leaving her, er, finance to go off chasing a mystery man. Or perhaps she's a nice woman driven mad because the man she's fallen for has suddenly started treating her like an eejit, apparently to spend more time with his butler.

    And I'm so pleased that by the third story you've pretty much gotten over the 'rod >snicker<' bit!

  5. And I 'won' the Archives on eBay - woo!