Evil Star is the name of two supervillains appearing in DC Comics publications.[1]

Publication history

The Guy Pompton version of Evil Star debuted in All Star Comics #44 and was created by John Broome and Irwin Hasen.

The alien version of Evil Star first appeared in Green Lantern (vol. 2) #37 (June 1965) and was created by Gardner Fox and Gil Kane.[2]

Fictional character biography

Guy Pompton

Guy Pompton
The Golden Age Evil Star menaces Hollywood and the Justice Society of America. Art by Irwin Hasen.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceJustice Society of America All Stars #44
Created byJohn Broome
Irwin Hasen
In-story information
Alter egoGuy Pompton

Guy Pompton, owner of Ace Movie Rental Agency and a crimelord, dons a costumed identity in 1948 to stop a movie studio from completing a film using a script that will expose his criminal activities. He fights the Justice Society of America and is defeated.[3]

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Evil Star
The first appearance of the Silver Age Evil Star and his Starlings on the cover of Green Lantern (vol. 2) #37 (June 1965). Art by Gil Kane.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceGreen Lantern (vol. 2) #37 (June 1965)
Created byGardner Fox
Gil Kane
In-story information
SpeciesAorans
Place of originAuron
Team affiliationsSuicide Squad
AbilitiesStarband prolongs life, generate energy blasts, and form 'light constructs'. Starling minions possess superhuman strength & invulnerability.

A scientist on the planet Auron dedicates himself to cheating death by drawing power from the stars themselves. He invents the Starband, which makes him immortal, but twists his mind toward evil and prematurely ages his fellow Aurons. The people of Auron want him to destroy the Starband, but having tasted immortality he refuses to give it up. The ensuing battle leaves all of Auron lifeless except for the scientist, now known as Evil Star. Evil Star seeks new worlds to conquer and comes into frequent conflict with the Guardians of the Universe and the Green Lanterns, including Hal Jordan.[1]

The Guardians later send Evil Star to the Erral Rehab Facility, where they use a brainwave nullifier in an attempt to cure him. This rehabilitation is only partially successful, as the nullifier stimulates his subconscious mind, recreating the Starlings, who bring him the Starband. Evil Star flees to Earth in a confused state, believing the Starlings are persecuting him. He fights with Ferrin Colos, one of the Darkstars, who floods Evil Star's mind with reminders of the lives he has taken, starting with his homeworld. Evil Star's mind shuts down, and he is returned to the Guardians for re-education.

Evil Star is freed by Neron, with enhanced Starlings, but returned to captivity by the Darkstars and Guy Gardner.[4]

Evil Star was mentioned, seemingly in passing, by Sister Sercy of the Blue Lantern Corps as a menace to her homeworld. It is unknown if the Evil Star she refers to is a past version, or a previously unheard-of version of the villain.[5]

Evil Star is also cited as the guiding force behind the Kroloteans abducting William Hand, searching Hand's insides for the blackness that would lead to the Blackest Night.[6]

Evil Star appears in Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp's The Green Lantern. Slavers from Dhor free him from the Southern Supervoid where he was being incarcerated by the Guardians of the Universe. They then attack him and remove his Starbrand, which was preserving his youth, causing him to rapidly age. They abandon him, near death, in Sector 2814 where he is hospitalized.[7]

Powers and abilities

Evil Star's primary weapon is the Starband. The Starband draws the energy of the stars to prolong Evil Star's lifespan, enable him to fly, survive in space, create force blasts or hard light constructs, and powers the Starlings. Starlings are miniature versions of Evil Star that possess superhuman strength and invulnerability, and are under his complete control. Starlings need direct commands from Evil Star to function, and they become directionless if he is unconscious.[1] If Evil Star is kept away from starlight for a prolonged period, his powers fade away. Since starlight is the same as sunlight, the Starband's force blasts and constructs serve to increase Superman's powers.

Other versions

Evil Star has appeared in some Elseworlds stories:

Batman: In Darkest Knight

In the Elseworlds tale, Batman: In Darkest Knight, a version of Evil Star exists. Harvey Dent was the Gotham District Attorney and was shown to be more supportive of Green Lantern than Commissioner Gordon. Sinestro, after becoming deranged from absorbing Joe Chill's mind, scarred Dent's face and empowered him along with Selina Kyle (known as Star Sapphire) and sent them out to kill the Green Lantern, with Dent known as 'Binary Star. Even though they were defeated, the pair managed to escape back to Sinestro.[8]

JLA: Another Nail

In the Elseworlds tale, JLA: Another Nail, the follow-up to JLA: The Nail, Evil Star makes an appearance.[9]

In other media

Television

Evil Star in Justice League Unlimited.
Evil Star in Justice League Unlimited.

Video games

Books

References

  1. ^ a b c Wallace, Dan (2008), "Evil Star", in Dougall, Alastair (ed.), The DC Comics Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, p. 117, ISBN 978-0-7566-4119-1, OCLC 213309017
  2. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 125. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  3. ^ All-Star Comics #44 (December 1948/January 1949). DC Comics.
  4. ^ Guy Gardner: Warrior #37. DC Comics.
  5. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #42. DC Comics.
  6. ^ Green Lantern (vol. 4) #43. DC Comics.
  7. ^ The Green Lantern #2. DC Comics.
  8. ^ Batman: In Darkest Night. DC Comics.
  9. ^ JLA: Another Nail #1-2. DC Comics.